The Fault in Our Stars
“Some infinites are bigger than other infinites”
The Fault in Our Stars is a novel by author John Green. The story talks about the main character, the seventeen year old Hazel Grace Lancaster, as she battles cancer.
One day, Hazel attends the Support Group for people who are suffering from cancer. This is where she meets Augustus Waters. They become really good friends and Hazel tells him about her favourite book, An Imperial Affliction. They talk about the end of the book, which ends in an unfinished sentence. Augustus manages to contact the author, Peter Van Houten. Hazel emails him and tells him she wants to know about the end of the book, and he invites both of them to Amsterdam.
Unfortunately Hazel’s parents don’t have the money to pay for the trip to Amsterdam so Augustus surprises Hazel by telling her that he still has his wish (a wish given to cancer sufferers) from when he had cancer and when he lost his leg and he’d happily use it to take her to Amsterdam to meet Peter Van Houten. Hazel is over the moon about the surprise but first she has to persuade her parents and her doctors to let her take the trip.
They go to Amsterdam and get to know the author of An Imperial Affliction. Peter Van Houten, who turns out to be a nasty character and who does not answer any of Hazel’s questions.
Hazel is really angry and upset about the meeting. Lidewij, Peter Van Houten’s assistant, shows Augustus and Hazel Anne Frank’s House and this is where Hazel kisses Augustus and she finally falls in love with him. While walking through the park Augustus tells her that he was diagnosed with cancer before going to Amsterdam and he does not have much time left. Hazel is shocked and breaks out in tears.
As they get back to Indianapolis Augustus wants Isaac, a friend from Support Group, and Hazel to share their eulogies that they wrote for him. Throughout it all Hazel is with him until the very end.
Augustus dies eight days later. Hazel is shocked and she can’t believe he has left her, his family and all his friends. At his funeral she gives a different eulogy, because she thinks he knew what she wrote and she wants to keep her thoughts about him to herself.
Peter Van Houten suddenly turns up out of nowhere at the funeral. She talks to him about An Imperial Affliction and he tells her that his daughter also died of cancer and the book is dedicated to her.
Isaac tells her that Augustus wrote a sequel of An Imperial Affliction that she wanted, before Augustus’ death. She contacts Lidewij and asks her if she knows anything about a sequel that Augustus wrote for her. Lidewij sends Hazel the sequel. It turns out to be a eulogy for Hazel’s funeral and not a sequel of the book.
The book ends with Hazel reading the eulogy and Augustus writing:
“ I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.”
“I do.”, she answers.
I have read the book about four times and I never get bored of it. It’s really emotional and inspirational. It describes the reality we are living in. We sometimes have to let go of the people we love most. It’s sad but true.
It’s not only a story about cancer, it’s a love story. John Green doesn’t want readers to think that Hazel and Augustus are special because they are both dying of cancer. He wants readers to think the opposite; that they are average teenagers, who fall in love for the first time in spite of the cancer.
He explains things in a way that I never thought about and they are all so true. Every time I read the book I learn new things. It’s as if you had to find the key to a secret door.
I don’t read a lot but this book convinced me to continue reading books because you just lose yourself in them, and perhaps more importantly, learn from them.
John Green is a very popular author in Adult fiction. The Fault in Our Stars is considered his outstanding bestseller.
John Michael Green was born on August 24, 1977, in Indianapolis. He worked as a student chaplain after graduation in a children’s hospital. He wanted to become an Episcopal priest. However, the time he spent among children with terminal-illnesses convinced him to become a writer. Afterwards, he worked as a publishing assistant for Booklist, a book review journal.
He also began writing his debut Looking for Alaska. Eventually, he had his project completed and published by 2005. In 2006 he won the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Award.
Green quit his job at Booklist as a critic with the intention of working as a professional writer.
His success was achieved by publishing The Fault in Our Stars. It has now been adapted for the big-screen, released in June 2014. John Green’s works in collaboration with other writers include Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances (2008) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (2010).
© Emily Insam – 1st B Linguistic Lyceum