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The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

by on April 20, 2012

The Fault In Our Stars, or TFIOS, as those who are on the up and up like to call it is the latest novel by John Green. Now, John Green is my hero for many reasons. To begin with, he’s an unabashed nerd or shall I say nerdfighter; he is helping to lead the fight to decrease world suck; he’s witty; he makes me laugh; he makes me cry; and let’s face it, he writes damn good books.

With the exception of one subpar novella found in a holiday themed anthology that I refuse to name, John Green has hit it out of the park again and again. Will Grayson, Will Grayson — laugh out loud funny. Paper Towns — forever more will I see paper people living in paper towns. An Abundance of Katherines — I’m still trying to do something remarkable. Looking for Alaska — this book haunts me to this day.  And now, The Fault In Our Stars will be added to that list of Great John Green Books.

So, here’s the story which I can’t reveal too much about because spoilers would ruin this book. We’ve got 16-year-old stage IV cancer patient, Hazel Grace, and 17-year-old-in-remission-from-osteosarcoma Augustus Waters. Hazel’s lungs don’t work and Augustus has had one leg amputated. They meet at a support group through their mutual friend Isaac, another cancer patient. You should be warned that this is not your average story about young adults going through cancer. I mean, it is, but it’s so much more than that and if it hadn’t been I would have been so disappointed because this is John Green writing here. Well, the man does not disappoint.

Augustus and Hazel Grace inevitably fall for each other and it’s a beautiful thing. But TFIOS isn’t a YA romance novel about two kids with cancer falling in love. It’s about a girl who doesn’t want to die because then her mom might not be a mom anymore. It’s about a boy with a crooked smile who believes that oblivion is inevitable. It’s about cracking blind jokes with the friend who just lost both of his eyes to cancer. It’s about dealing with the side effects not of cancer, but of dying.

I’m kind of tearing up right now just thinking about the last few pages that already made me cry. In the book, Augustus says that you don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world but you do have some say in who hurts you. As he tells Hazel Grace, “It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.”

John Green, it has been a privilege to read your books and they have all left a mark. I highly recommend this book.

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