“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.”
Thoughts: For those who may doubt John Green’s writing abilities, one need look no further than his latest novel, The Fault in Our StarsS. It is proof positive that not only can he write one amazing story, he keeps readers wanting more in spite of the most tragic plot lines possible. The Fault in Our Stars is more than just another YA novel; it is a testament to humanity’s ability to find love in even the most trying of circumstances.
One knows from reading the synopsis that The Fault in Our Stars is not going to be the cheeriest of novels. It is because of Mr. Green’s skill as an author that he is able to balance that fine line between pathos and the more macabre. More importantly, he is able to maximize the emotional impact without becoming overly verbose, something that allows the story and the characters to speak for themselves. The magic happens when the reader sits back and enjoys the ride rather than trying to figure out the fate of each character.
As with other Green novels, the characters are so real and truly make the novel. Readers cannot help but fall in love with them, as Green makes it so easy to do so. In The Fault in Our Stars, Green gives the world Gus. Everyone needs someone like Gus in their life. Not only is he charming and gorgeous, his zest for life is simply infectious. He knows how to bring people out of their shells and enjoy the gift of life. Readers get the benefit of this gift, as the scenes with Gus simply sparkle.
The story is told through Hazel’s point of view, thereby affording readers a glimpse of what life is like for those with cancer. While Hazel is in remission of sorts, she knows she is living on borrowed time. Yet, through Green’s stunning prose, a reader never feels sorry for her. Instead, a reader will recognize the need to survive that exists in everyone.
Together, Hazel and Gus embody all humans. Their yin and yang relationship highlights the need for balance in everyone’s life as well as the more obvious lesson to take the good with the bad that life throws one’s way. Not only are they the world’s cutest couple, they are an excellent metaphor for life.
The Fault in Our Stars is not so much a coming-of-age novel as it is a life-affirming novel. It is about dealing with the hand one is dealt without regrets, and learning to enjoy life in spite of its foibles. In true Green fashion, The Fault in Our Stars is a reminder of happiness through tears, joy through pain, and life over death. Worthy of all of the gushing and accolades it has been receiving since before its initial release date, The Fault in Our Stars will deservedly take its place among one of the best novels of 2012.
Acknowledgements: Mine. All mine.
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