The March book for Julie’s book club was The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
About the Book:
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years,
Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon
diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears
at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
The Fault in Our Stars is a wonderful book. Even though the book is sad, it’s incredibly touching, funny, and romantic. I am not usually a fan of books that are so sad, but I made an exception for this book.
It might seem weird, but I did have to read it while closing off a part of my heart in a way. The kids in this book have cancer and their story is one that actually happens to people in real life. Having two kids myself, I cannot fathom what the parents of these kids and teenagers must go through as well as the kids themselves. I cannot bear to think about what would happen if this type of situation ever happened to my family. At the same time, my heart aches for the parents and children that go though this.
Please don’t let me talk you into believing that this book is depressing. It might be in a way, but the humor and the situations of the characters is actually quite amusing.
The story starts out with 16-year-old Hazel who has terminal cancer. She is currently living with her parents while they take care of her and the cancer that will one day ultimately kill her. However, Hazel still tries to live a normal as life as possible – she goes out with her friends, she takes a few classes at her local community college, she drives, and she has a crush on a boy named Augustus.
Augustus is in cancer remission, and had lost his leg due to cancer. He is immediately drawn to Hazel after meeting her at a Cancer Support Group, and thier story grows from there.
A big part of the story is Hazel’s search to find the author of her favorite book. The book she loves just ends abruptly, and Hazel isn’t satisfied with not knowing that happened to the characters at the end of the story and becomes obsesses with finding out.
I think that search for what happened to the characters in the book is a metaphor for Hazel’s life. She wants so badly to know the unknown. Her obsession with finding out what happened to the characters after the story ends could be her way of dealing with the unknown of her own life. How long will she live? What comes after death? What will happen to her parents?
Before I read this book, I read a few of the reviews and a few of them said that the way these teenagers talk and act in certain situations isn’t realistic because they act too grown up. And while, I agree that real teenagers don’t seem to talk like the teenagers do in this book in real life, I thought it really worked for the book.
Hazel and Augustus maybe have had to grow up before they were ready, and seem to adapt maturely to certain situations while expressing themselves in very intellectual ways, and I loved it.
The romance between Hazel and Augustus is the charming part of the story, and I’m glad that they were able to find love.
Finally, this book really made me think about the impact each individual has and the mark we leave on Earth. Hazel is content just living and eventually dying. On the other hand, Augustus believes that he needs to make a name for himself in the world. He needs to be remembered, be important.
The world is a huge place – there are millions of people living and even more that are dead. It really makes you think how small you really are in the world. But I do think that it is important to live life to the fullest and do the things that make you happy, and if you can – make others happy.
Life isn’t all about yourself. It’s about who you are, who you connect with, and what you leave behind you on Earth. Good, evil, happiness, sadness, wealth, health. Live life to the fullest.
I really enjoyed The Fault in our Stars and thought it was a wonderful book. For me, it was a book that made me stop and think and most of all it made me feel.
Have you read The Fault in our Stars? Thoughts?