The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Summary:Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.
There have been raving reviews for author John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars being thrown out left and right, to the point where you’re the odd one out if you haven’t read it yet.
Our story follows Hazel Grace – who was diagnosed with a severe (Stage IV) case of lung cancer at the mere age of 12. Expected to die, it was a miracle in itself that Hazel even survived until 14 – when doctors found a medical miracle to help dissolve the tumors in her lungs.
Not knowing what to do with her life, Hazel decides to be as normal as possible. But one day, while at a Cancer Support Group meeting, Hazel meets the charismatic and charming Augustus Walters – who none the less than changes her life.
Sometimes, you like something or you don’t like something, and you’re not sure why. You just do. That’s a bit similar to how I felt with Green’s novel. I can’t quite put my finger on what I didn’t like about it; but I was just a bit distant from the story and the characters. I didn’t shed a tear at the end of the story at the much hyped-about emotion-destroying ending; or at any other point in the story. I didn’t laugh at Gus’ jokes or understand why Hazel was attracted to him.
I suppose there are just so many different stories about cancer, and I didn’t see what makes Green’s stand out from the crowd. And I suppose that’s really all there is to it.