By James Green
After reading, ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ by Jodi Picoult, I started looking for other similar books. That is how I stumbled upon, ‘The Fault in our Stars’ by John Green. Surprisingly, I had never heard about the book before then. However, I am really glad that I found it.
‘The fault in our stars’ by John Green can be described not as a great read but rather a powerful read. It’s like watching, ‘Hotel Rwanda’, a movie that tears into your heart, leaving you broken. It is hard to describe it as a great or entertaining movie, but more fitting to call it powerful, that’s the same thing with this book. Anyway, I digress.
‘The Fault in our Stars’ by John Green about the story of Augustus and Hazel, two teenagers battling with terminal illness. They meet and fall in love. You will be forgiven to assume that the whole book is filled with sadness and gloom. On the Contrary, you will experience all kinds of emotions reading this one. There will be moments of tears and laughter throughout the story.
Hazel and Augustus meet in a support group. Hazel has just joined the group and Augustus who is a cancer survivor shows up at one of the meetings one day. There are different themes that come out of this union, love, friendship, illness, tragedy and and many more. Their stories became intertwined from then on. As a reader, you will find yourself drawn into the story so much that you become part of the characters. You will share in their joys and pains equally.
It is a beautiful story of hope, despair and frustration but heartwarming light moments. For instance, I loved the character of Augustus and the ‘smoking’, throughout the story; I could picture him with the cigarette hanging at the side of his mouth. When I thought of Hazel, I was reminded of Emma from ‘Bates Motel’ with her oxygen tank.
There were parts of the story that had me put the book down for a while just to catch my breath. For instance, there was a scene with Augustus at a petrol station (you will have to read the book to get the full story). I got to this point and couldn’t even move forward without first taking a break.At the same time, i just had to get to the end of the story and see how everything goes.
Like every good story, there is a twist. The whole story prepares you for the death of one of the main characters; however, it really doesn’t end up playing out that way. Instead, the story takes a turn that will have you glued to the last page in-between wiping tears and turning the pages.
I would definitely recommend that everyone reads this book. It’s a fantastic read, will definitely break your heart and you’ll probably cry, but it’s a beautiful story that you just have to experience for yourself. In addition, it’s really gripping right from the first page and you will love the fast pace with which the whole story is built.