John Green’s The Fault in our Stars is about Hazel, a 16 year old girl, struggling to not be defined by her cancer. When she is diagnosed with clinical depression, her parents and doctor send her to a support group for teenagers with cancer. Reluctantly, Hazel attends, although she would prefer staying at home and reading her favorite novel, “An Imperial Affliction.” To her surprise, she meets Augustus Waters, who is not only interested in her, but is also good looking! (It’s a novel for teenagers.)
Augustus Waters, cancer survivor, rattles her world and makes her consider and question things in ways that perhaps she would have never done before. He is an unconventional kid who keeps a cigarette in his mouth, although he never lights them. He says, “It’s a metaphor, see: you put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.” This type of metaphorical thinking is a running theme throughout the book, for both Hazel and Augustus, as they use it to answer questions about how they feel about each other, whether their lives have meaning, and how they will be remembered when they die. This book demonstrates how a teenager with cancer gets through everyday life. It is about love and friendship, and keeping a sense of humor in spite of cancer.
Even though it sounds trite, this is truly one of those books where I can say, “I laughed, I cried, it was so good.”
This book is available for checkout at the VC/UHV Library and is found in Leisure Reading on the 1st floor.
Review written by Allyson H.