Penned by popular young adult author John Green, The Fault in Our Stars covers the topics of terminal illness, traveling, death, love and sacrifice.

16-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster has been living her life monotonously since her diagnosis with thyroid cancer a few years back, spending most of her time at home. Encouraged by her somewhat overprotective yet loving parents; she reluctantly attends a weekly support group where fellow cancer patients share their experiences. Although Hazel halfheartedly participates in these sessions, her attendance proves worthwhile when she meets and befriends Augutus “Gus” Waters at one of them. Although their attitude toward each other is initially tentative, the two eventually develop a relationship. A relationship that quickly turns into an important journey of realization and discovery for both of them, involving a novel, a pivotal trip to the Netherlands, and a shocking revelation. What is the revelation? Read the book to find out.

Both Hazel’s and Gus’ characters provides important insight and perspective into the situation of being young and sick. While it’s already difficult to navigate the typical teenage journey, the notion of possibly not living too much longer only makes the situation more treacherous.To me, her perspective illustrates how most people take their life for granted, not realizing how lucky they are to be happy and healthy. This is especially true when it comes to forming and keeping relationships with people, since it can be affected by how long somebody can live.

I applaud Green’s choice of making the narrator a girl, a change from his previous novels, where the protagonists were all boys. It’s interesting to see how  an author can effectively convey emotions when writing from the perspective of the opposite gender. To me, this choice made the book more relatable and creates an appeal for a female demographic.

 There were a few elements that I found somewhat predictable, such as the romance between Hazel and Gus. However,  the slight predictability is overshadowed by the uniqueness and spontaneity of the plot.

A true tearjerker, The Fault in Our Stars is definitely a worthwhile read, highlighting how precious living life really is.

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