John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton Children’s, 2012) is a New York Times best seller that tells an intense story with a blend of life, death, and love, bringing tears to readers’ eyes.
Hazel is sixteen and battling terminal cancer and clinically depressed. Following her doctor’s advice, she attends a support group and meets fellow cancer patient Augustus Waters. The teens fall in love. She expresses great interest in An Imperial Affliction, a novel about cancer, and develops a curiosity about characters in the book following its ambiguous ending. Hazel and Augustus travel Amsterdam, the present home of Imperial’s author Peter Van Houten. I can’t give away subsequent events, but readers will become engrossed in what the teens discover along the way.
The Fault in Our Stars is not light reading, and the impact of this book’s contents will make us remember no matter how bad some things seem in our lives, there is always someone who has it far worse. It’s beautifully written and stems many emotions, only two characteristics that make a good novel – at least in my opinion. It is a recommended read for anyone who has ever dealt with cancer or close to someone with the disease.
On a side note, The Fault in Our Stars will be released as a major motion picture on June 6, 2014.