John Green’s, The Fault in Our Stars can be placed under a number of genres. It is a humorous piece of young adult fiction about falling in love, and what are referred to as “the side effects of death”. Though directed at young adults, I heavily recommend it to individuals of any age and from any walk of life.
The Fault in Our Stars is about a witty girl named Hazel, who is a16-year-old with terminal Cancer. Augustus Waters is an 17-year-old boy who had Cancer, but is now in remission. Their paths cross one night at a Cancer Support Group, and their lives are never the same. This story gives us a new attitude about Cancer from the perspective of the brave and bold Hazel.
This book has a light-hearted way of looking at serious situations, with lines like “Because my lungs sucked at being lungs”, or “‘Keep your shit together’ I whispered to my lungs”. This book is heart-wrenchingly beautiful and makes it difficult not to laugh and cry all in one sitting. The charming and ingenious characters will make you forget that the story is about death.
The Fault in Our Stars is relatable because everyone has been affected by Cancer in some way, whether it is a friend, family member or one’s self. The unexpectedly amusing approach to a serious illness in Green’s work is unsettling yet refreshing.
If you are looking for a book that you will have trouble putting down, pick this one up. If you are looking for a Cancer story unlike any other, look no further. The Fault of Our Stars is more than just a book about cancer and young love. This book is about life and how some people are forced to come to terms with losing theirs at a young age.