The Fault In Our Stars is the story of a teenage girl, Hazel Grace Lancaster, who prefers staying at home and watches marathons of America’s Top Model. However, her life takes a drastic turn when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Hazel begins attending a support group for young cancer patients and survivors. She is cynical about the whole thing, but then she meets Augustus Waters, who is in remission at a support group for kids with cancer. This is when her life begins to change for the better.
For many days now I had been hearing great things about this book but I avoided reading it. I just wasn’t in the mood for a cancer story. But I finally bought a copy on the train while going to office & started reading immediately.
What I liked:
- It isn’t the usual sob story. It is a story which has cynicism, dark humour, hope,faith, optimism instead of page after page of depression. Hazel’s cynicism was a big plus for me.
- The first night Gus drops Hazel home…that conversation is oh so romantic! ❤
- Isaac. Through him John Green writes a dire truth. The chances of a relation surviving something like cancer are extremely less. Especially if the other person has any options left for him/ her. No matter how harsh this sounds it’s a sad fact 😦 Though I did cheer when Gus & Isaac bombarded Isaac’s girlfriend’s car with eggs! 😉
- The Imperial Affliction, the ending of the novel made me restless without even reading it from cover to cover.
- Caroline Mathers. Another harsh truth covered by the author. Not all those who are ill are poor, long suffering creatures. Some turn pretty nasty towards their end. It is as if their disease changes them. While a majority of their friends & society will only see their good side, the family has to tolerate their nastiness with no chance to complain since they might end up looking horrid in the end.
- The book is just filled with quotable quotes 🙂
- Hazel’s & Gus’s parents were really great & supporting. Not every sick child is blessed with such parents.
What I didn’t like:
- Nothing much to mention here. Everything was just great in this novel.
Every person should read this novel to understand what cancer does to a person, how it alters a person & affects his family & his daily life. A must read at least once in your life time. I loved that two people on the verge of death found something as beautiful as love which eludes most for most of their lifetimes.
A 5/5 from me.