“I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”
I know, I’m probably one of the last persons on earth reading The Fault In Our Stars. This book by John Green has created quite a hype in the past, and now I’ve read it, I can understand why. I’m not sure if it was because of the tragic love story between two cancer-stricken teenagers. I’m not sure if it was because I was crying my eyes out as I was trying to finish the story. I’m not even sure if it was because of their trip to Amsterdam causing me to have a flashback of all the great moments I had in that city. But what I do know is that I loved it. And that I without hesitation would recommend The Fault In Our Stars to anyone that can appreciate well written YA novels and don’t mind getting ready a box of tissues before reading. Great read!
Since most will know exactly what the book is about without me repeating all the details, I will keep the summary short. We start with meeting Hazel Grace, who has been fighting thyroid cancer ever since she was thirteen years old. And although she has been declared terminal ever since she was diagnosed and needs oxygen to help her breathe (since ‘her lungs suck at being lungs’), Hazel is still able to go to certain places. In The Fault In Our Stars, we follow her touching journey which is both about trying to live with cancer and trying to have something close to normal teenage life. Hazel is quite a loner, and most of the time prefers being at home with her favorite book An Imperial Affliction, which is like a personal Bible to her.
One day things change as she meets Augustus (or Gus) at the Cancer Kid Support Group. Augustus is currently in remission after having lost a leg to cancer, and goes to the meeting mostly to support his friend Isaac. When he meets Hazel, Augustus decides he has to get to know the girl better… And what starts as a simple friendship bound together by books, soon grows to something more intense. Hazel thinks ‘she’s a grenade’ and wants to ‘minimize the casualties’. But Augustus doesn’t want to forget her and ignore his feelings, and even spends his wish on making hers come true: a trip to Amsterdam to finally meet the author of her favorite book. But life isn’t perfect and has some nasty surprises ready for both already suffering teenagers. Because ‘the world is not a wish-granting factory’… And life is just not fair.
There has been a mayor hype around this book and the movie version; in this case I think it’s worth it. The Fault In Our Stars is a book with a strong message that is very likely to provoke tears. If you haven’t read it yet and like YA novels, this one is definitely worth reading!