By: Heaven Hagans
Since it was published in January of 2012, John Green’s book The Fault In Our Stars has snowballed into popularity. Over the past year, teens and adults alike could be seen with their noses in the book, laughing, crying, or even both.
The story is told from the perspective of Hazel Grace, a sixteen year old girl who has been battling cancer for three years. She meets and almost immediately falls in love with a boy named Augustus Waters at a support group for teens living with cancer. Their romance proves to venture away from typical teen relationships that are common in the majority of young adult novels. Granted, their battles with cancer as well as their somewhat warped sense of humor and constant sarcasm provide an already fresh and comedic take on a love story. As a young adult novel, the target audience is teens and John Green has done a great job at developing characters that young adults can connect with. Throughout the story, I as the reader felt a plethora of emotions. One minute I was uncontrollably smiling at the adorable (and occasionally awkward) relationship that Hazel and Augustus had, and the next minute I was panicking each time I remembered that a terminal disease was a third wheel in their relationship. But the novel is more than a love story. It is a walk in the shoes of a young girl with cancer. The reader is able to experience everything Hazel goes through, from looks of pity when someone slips up and mentions death around her, to “cancer perks”, to the struggles of being hooked up to an oxygen tank 24/7. Through every up and down of the novel, John Green gracefully accomplishes a heartfelt and beautiful story of two star-crossed lovers who try to make the most of their youth in the presence of cancer. The story is so good, in fact, that in January of 2012 (the same month the book was published) the film rights were optioned by Fox. It was announced in February of 2013 that Josh Boone will be directing the film. It will be starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolf and is already in the process of being filmed. The responses to the book being turned into a motion picture have been greatly positive. Readers of the novel have shared their excitement over seeing the story played out on the big screen through various social networks.
Without a doubt, The Fault In Our Stars is a must read. It is a well-written and unique story that does a great job of putting life into perspective. In the words of Hazel Grace, “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.” Yes, it really is that good.