“The book, “The Fault in Our Stars”, is a funny, sweet, heart wrenching and addictive novel centered around two teenagers with cancer. The novel is told from the sarcastic and witty point of view of sixteen-year-old, Hazel Grace Lancaster, who is never seen without her little oxygen tank on wheels. Her mom sends her to a cancer support group where she inevitably meets the ever charming, charismatic and handsome seventeen-year-old, Augustus Waters. Hazel and Augustus share their favorite books and movies and eventually start dating and have their own sorts of adventures, despite the fact that Augustus only has one real leg. However, Hazel, has a relapse of her lung cancer which almost puts a damper on Hazel and Augustus’ plans to go see Hazel’s favorite author in Amsterdam. Hazel, luckily recovers in time though and the star crossed lovers are able to visit Amsterdam. Throughout the book,the author keeps the reader on an emotional roller coaster.
I greatly enjoyed reading this novel because of the author’s uncanny ability to tap into what makes people laugh and cry by using his characters to instill these emotions to the reader. This novel has humor, romance, and self-maturity that will send any reader on a journey of emotions and have them reevaluating their life and all of the things that they are letting hold them back from their dreams.
The Teaching Connection-this book could be used in a social issues class that deals with living while facing a life-threatening illness and the importance of positive thinking.”