The Fault in Our Stars by John Green tells the story of 16-year-old Hazel Grace, who suffers from stage V thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs.
The story is told through Hazel’s perspective. Since Hazel is an openminded and intelligent person, it makes the story very interesting. Her unique perspective helps you to see how a person would positively deal with having cancer and not being ’normal’.
I don’t find the characters very realistic. I cannot identify with a person who is suffering from cancer as I have neither felt their pains or worried about immediate death. Since the majority of the characters so far have been cancer patients, I can’t identify with any of them. However, Hazel’s mother seems realistic to me as I can identify with her. Hazel’s mother is constantly worrying about Hazel’s health, as well as all other aspects of Hazel’s life. I have an uncle with down syndrome, and my family and I will always worry about him, like Hazel’s mother worries about her. This makes Hazel’s mother a more tangible character for me.
Another thing I found interesting about the cancer patients was their sense of humor, specifically Hazel, Augustus, and Isaac. Even though all three kids have suffered a lot for someone who is only sixteen, the book is kept light by having humors jokes. For example, when Isaac is discussing his eye surgery that will render him blind he states that he would rather be deaf. The nurse responds by saying that eye surgery can’t do that. Isaac reacts by saying “Thank you for explaining that my eye cancer isn’t going to make me deaf. I feel so fortunate that an intellectual giant like yourself would deign to operate on me.” Even though Isaac is going blind to remove his cancer, he still is able to keep himself from despair by using sarcastic remarks and joking around. I thought it interesting that John Green, the author, would keep a book about cancer patients so light through the use of humor, versus other books I’ve read about cancer patients were it is depressing.
So far, though the book is enjoyable, I have not found it captivating. It is unique but, at least not yet, a page turner for me. However, I feel that there is more to the book than what I read in the first 90 pages, and am curious to find out more about each character and what will happen.