The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
5 out of 5 stars
The Fault In Our Stars was probably the only book I ever read that was so funny and so sad at the same time. It is a heartbreaking story about death, and it is a celebration of life and a call to use well the time given to us.
Hazel is an intelligent sixteen-year-old girl with a passion for literature and terminal lungs cancer. Persuaded by her mother, she attends a weekly cancer support group, where she meets Augustus— a handsome basketball player who survived his cancer battle for the price of his sports career. The two of them soon find common interests, starting a beautiful relationship…
Green’s novel is one of those books that everyone should read. It is written in a conversational style, as targeted for teenagers, but it touches on important and complicated topics. Green talks about cancer and death in a light manner. The characters joke about the perks of being a cancer kid, for example, having your wish (even an expensive one) granted by a charity foundation. Nevertheless, the author balances the humour with just the right amount of gravity and tact. He is funny without being disrespectful and serious without being morbid. The story is thought-provoking, making us wonder about our lives, appreciate our health and the opportunities we were given.
I would recommend this novel to everyone looking for a light, but thought-provoking read. I feel like I have to warn you, though— the story will probably make you cry at some point.