The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a young adult novel that I had heard about and couldn’t wait to get from the library. It was a long wait because it’s such a popular book and now that I’ve read it I can see why. It’s the story of a girl named Hazel who has cancer but is doing well. She’s going through life, doing what she can, which isn’t always a lot. Her mom worries that she’s depressed so she insists Hazel attend a support group. That’s where Hazel meets Augustus.
Hazel and Augustus have a relationship that made me smile and cringe and laugh and shake my head. It’s so typically a teenage relationship but so not at the same time because both of them have cancer.
There is a lot of death in the book as other people from the support group succumb to the cancer and the saddest part was not actually any of the death, at least for me. I was sitting there with tears streaming down my face when all the main characters were still alive, but death was a part of the scene nonetheless. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but I’ll just say that it was heartbreaking.
My favourite line from the book was about life and love. Hazel was talking about Augustus who was so obviously enamoured with her. She said that she “fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” I fell in love with this book and think you will too. Another great summer read.