Prepare to cry. A lot.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
The fault in our stars is about Hazel, a terminal cancer patient. She lives with the knowledge that she will die soon. A medical breakthrough gives her a few more years to live. Then she meets Augustus at a Cancer Kid Support Group. Will they be able to find love, even with the sword of cancer hanging over their heads?
MEET THE CHARACTERS
Hazel Grace Lancaster.
She is sixteen years old. When she was thirteen, she got diagnosed with thyroid cancer. It has spread to her lungs. She knows that her death will only hurt the people around her. She tries to keep everybody at a distance to minimize the pain. Her view of the world is very mature. I found it very easy to like her.
Augustus “Gus” Waters
He is also sixteen years old and has osteosarcoma. He becomes Hazel’s boyfriend. Augustus fell in love with Hazel at first sight and likes big romantic gestures.
Isaac is a mutual friend of Hazel’s and Augustus’s. His cancer blinded him. His girlfriend dumped him, so he is understandably cynical. He got both Hazel and Augustus to join the Support Group.
Hazel’s mom. She is awesome. While caring for Hazel full-time, she secretly takes classes to become a social worker. Hazel is very happy when she finds out about this. She was scared her parent’s lives would come to a halt after she passed on.
Hazel’s dad. He deals with Hazel’s cancer in the same way I probably would have. He gets emotional a lot, and he is a little in denial.
Peter Van Houten
This is the author of Hazel’s favorite book. She idolizes him. Unfortunately, she finds out that in real life, he is a drunken jerk. This character was hard to read. I mean, really? Did the two cancer kids need a character like that around them? I guess they did, but it’s still not fair.
WHAT I THOUGHT:
The fault in our stars ripped out my soul, but I allowed it to do so willingly. The fault in our stars is a beautiful book. It is easy to read, and easy to get attached to the characters. I didn’t see the end coming. But I won’t elaborate on that. I take my hat off to the author for giving us such real characters. I give The Fault In Our Stars two thumbs up and would recommend it in a heartbeat.