“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”- William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar.
John Green’s novel The Fault in Our Stars has been generating quite a bit of buzz lately especially with the coming of a new movie starring Shailene Woodley, who also starred in the Divergent movie.
This novel is unlike anything I’ve read. It is beautiful, poetic, funny, and tragic all at once. I stayed up until 2:00 am for three nights reading this because I could not put it down. As an avid reader, few books impress me unless they are F. Scott Fitzgerald or J.K. Rowling. John Green somehow ponders all of the most terrifying and existential thoughts about the meaning of life lightheartedly, yet is still incredibly philosophical.
The story follows Hazel, a girl who loves America’s Next Top Model and looks like a
“V for Vendetta”-era Natalie Portman. She’s also dying of terminal cancer.
Her mom,worried she is depressed, starts making her go to weekly Support Group meetings. Enter Augustus Waters, a heartbreakingly handsome seventeen-year-old who is in remission from osteosarcoma. And this is where Hazel’s life changes completely.
The romantic aspect is on par with Nicholas Sparks books, but with much higher stakes. This is Hazel’s one and only chance to be a teenager in love. The aspect of cancer makes the love even more true, not just a silly fling, and this makes for a tearjerker.
I fell in love with the characters in this book as Hazel said she fell in love with Augustus- “I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” After reading this book, I feel like I know a little more about what goes on inside a cancer kid’s head, and how they are truly still ordinary kids. I wasn’t sure how a grown man writing from a teenage girl’s perspective would work out, but he does a phemonenal job and Hazel actually reminds me of one of my best friends. Also, many romance novels portray an unrealistic male love interest, but Augustus is wonderful while still being flawed and real.
John Green’s use of language is amazing, comparable to a modern F. Scott Fitzgerald. Many well-known Fitzgerald quotes are now put right beside quotes from this book.
Hazel sums it up quite well: “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” The Fault in Our Stars is certainly the latter, for precisely the reason that it contains such well-written passages as that one. It is one of the most powerful and beautiful books I have ever read. The movie comes out June 6th, and hopefully the big screen will do this novel justice. Also, it’s already a #1 New York Times bestseller, so it seems that the power of this novel is already broadcasting itself.