The Fault In Our Stars: A Review by Vanshika

FaultStarsCoverWe all have challenges that we might fight against. We all have fears that we might overcome. For Hazel, her challenges and fears will never be over. Not because she can’t overcome them but because she is made of them.

 

16 year-old, Hazel Grace Lancaster isn’t like other teenagers. Every day is a challenge for her.  As a terminal cancer patient, Hazel suffers from thyroid cancer, diagnosed in her lungs. She is trying to live a normal life of a 16-year-old, but Hazel is also suffering from what it will be like for her parents after she dies. All that Hazel does is watch TV and read a novel (An Imperial Affliction”), and by ‘a novel’ I mean just that one novel, which she reads over a million times. The only reason she reads that novel is because she thinks that the author of the novel, Peter Van Houten, is the only person who understands what dying feels like.

 

After several days of insisting by her mom, Hazel finally decides to attend a Cancer Support Group. While attending the Support Group, Hazel meets Augustus Waters. He had osteosarcoma, a type of cancer that causes him to lose his leg and wear a prosthetic. From the first day Hazel meets Augustus, the two are practically inseparable.

 

How would you define love? An intense feeling of deep affection or a pleasure in something? Lust? Passion? Well, there is no exact definition for love. Love is just like air. You can’t count it, see it or touch it; you can only feel it. Although Augustus knew that Hazel had cancer, he fell in love with her. But why did he? She might die any day and it would be hard to cope with her death. Yet he fell in love with her. That’s what true love is. It just happens and you don’t even realize it.

 

This amazing and unique story of Augustus and Hazel’s lives takes place in Indianapolis around the year of 2012. Both of them live with their parents in a modern independent house. They also visit Amsterdam at a certain point of time, where they live in a classy hotel in the suburbs.

 

Words can’t describe how much I love this novel. “The Fault In Our Stars” is the best of all the novels I have ever read. Each and every quote in this book has a really deep meaning. The vocabulary is rich and there is use of a variety of literary devices. Love, sadness, humour: all these topics were perfectly infused together to make this heart breaking novel. The novel ends in a smooth way, yet makes readers want to read more. To find out what happens to Hazel and Augustus’ life, read this insightful novel, “The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green.

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