The Fault in Our Stars is a story about a girl named Hazel who has thyroid cancer and had a very close scrape with death, and she is struggling to fall back into a normal teenage routine due to the fact that she has a limited guarantee for life. She then meets Augustus Waters, who too has had an experience with cancer and near death. They form a strong relationship and support each other throughout their struggle against cancer and other life difficulties.
On a scale of 1-10 I would give this book a nine out of ten, because as Hazel would say, “I’m saving my ten”. This book utterly blew my mind with the literary styling and relatable voice that came through the entire novel. It is honestly one of the best books that I have ever read. The way John Green was able to keep a cynical perspective but create a touching and upbeat story hit all the right notes for me.
The story keeps referencing Hazel’s favorite book, An Imperial Affliction andevery part of the book ties into Hazel’s life which I thought was incredibly interesting. This way, just by Hazel talking about the book, the reader is able to indirectly gain more insight into Hazel’s life.
John Green also uses almost a poetic style of writing, with really short simplelines. For example, occasionally he would write entire scenes in a dialogue, which I loved and thought was a really unique way of writing that was super down-to-earth and stylistic.
This book is definitely targeted towards high school aged students due to therather deep themes. Also, there is a level of maturity to several scenes in the story, but for the most part it is poetic and beautiful. Also, since the story revolves around teenagers, they would probably get the most out of it, but I think that good literature has no age cap. And although this book is told in the perspective of a girl, I think both genders would enjoy it, since it gives insight to both boys and girls and is relatable to both.
-Sarah Wallin, A2