“The Fault in our Stars is not a book I would normally ‘choose’ to read, however I was pleasantly surprised. This is a story about the reality of death, and living with a terminal disease. Often times stories of terminally ill people are written in a depressing tone, leaving you crying throughout. This book made me laugh, as well as cry. John Green (author) writes with the raw and honest truth of living with a terminal disease. The characters in this story are depicted as strong, realistic young people who deal with the ups and downs of knowing that their days are numbered.
Hazel is a 16 year old girl who, until she meets Augustus at a Cancer Support Group, has resigned to the fact that living with cancer does not afford her the pleasures of a social life involving friends. Once Hazel introduces Augustus to her favorite book, the two become close. The book however leaves questions unanswered for Hazel, which have plagued her for years. Will the author of this book that Hazel finds so inspiring agree to answer her questions? Together with Augustus can she find out the ending to the story?
Battling cancer is a daily task, dealing with those around you can be uplifting or defeating. Hazel and Augustus share the same philosophy about their disease and its consequences. My favorite part of this book was that it was not written as most terminally ill stories are. Hazel and Augustus deal with the day to day reality of knowing that death is around the corner with humor, wit sarcasm and sadness, not for themselves but those around them. If you know your dying do you have the right to love? How should you treat a terminally ill person? How should they be remembered? Does everyone leave a legacy? Hazel and Augustus explore these questions together
As far as ‘sad’ stories go I enjoyed this book. I think I liked it because Hazel and Augustus have the same thoughts and feeling I think I would have if I were forced to live their lives dealing with cancer. They were able to look at life realistically and voice their true feelings about their disease using sarcasm and honesty with each other.
I may read this ./