John Green’s wonderful yet tragic best-selling novel The Fault in Our Stars tells a heart-wrenching story of two teenage cancer patients who fall in love. Augustus Waters and Hazel Lancaster live in the ordinary city of Indianapolis, where they both attend a support group for cancer patients. Falling in love at first sight, the two are inseparable until Augustus’s cancer comes out of remission, turning Hazel’s world upside. This is one of the best young-adult fiction novels of the year because it keeps readers on the edge of their seat, uses themes to teach real life lessons, and uses a realistic point of view instead of the cliché happy ending of most books.
The novel starts off with a young 16-year-old girl named Hazel with thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs. She serves as the witty narrator and makes death seem like nothing to be afraid of. Augustus Waters, a 17-year-old formally diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, is in remission but has lost a leg due to his cancer. From the beginning, John Green makes readers feel suspenseful as to when or if Hazel is going to die and break Augustus’s heart. But when Augustus goes back into remission, a twist is added to the story and Hazel becomes the healthier partner in their relationship. Hazel and Augustus’s love is put to the test as Augustus’s health deteriorates more and more each day. Readers are sitting on the edge of their seats, as they must wait to see what the fate of this courageous couple will be.
The Fault in Our Stars also uses many themes in order to teach life lessons to young-adults reading this book. For example, John Green shows that love conquers all things, even cancer and death. Although Augustus ends up facing death, Hazel’s love for him is true and it will never die. Hazel and Augustus do not let their illnesses get in the way of loving each other and going on adventures together. At one point in the novel, Hazel and Augustus are able to go to Amsterdam in order to meet Hazel’s favorite author, Peter Van Housen, using Augustus’s “wish” he is given for having cancer. Even though the odds are against Hazel and Augustus, they do not let fear get in their way of traveling across the world together before they die. Another theme Green uses is that even through trials and hardships in life, you can still be happy. Despite the fact that Hazel and Augustus are fighting for their lives every single day, the time they spend together are the happiest days of their lives. Their love keeps them strong and drives them to fight to stay alive and be together.
The perspective John Green uses in The Fault in Our Stars is much different from most teen romance novels. For example, Augustus tells a completely realistic story when he is describing his ex-girlfriend, Caroline Mathers, to Hazel. He tells her that she died of brain...