Having two people in my family pass away from cancer, really affected me. Then reading John Green's fabulous book titled, The Fault In Our Stars, changed the way I look at cancer. The main characters name is Hazel Grace Lancaster and she has been battling cancer. As she tries to live the life as a normal 16-year-old-girl, she is worrying about what it will be like for her parents, after she dies. Hazel has been attending a church support group for cancer survivors, and meets a boy, a year older then her, named Augustus Waters. Augustus has a cancer that caused him to lose his leg and has to wear a prosthetic leg. His cancer has a survival rate much higher then Hazels. The two of them have a connection instantly. Their relationship starts off with Hazels favorite book being mentioned, An Imperial Affliction. She makes Augustus read it and in return he makes her read a book about his favorite video game and puts his phone number, in the cover of the book. Augustus and Hazel bond over the book, An Imperial Affliction because both of them really want to find out how the story ends. Augustus makes it possible for Hazel to go and ask the author questions about how it ends. Augustus decides to use his wish that cancer patients get when they are younger. Then quickly after he made it possible, Hazel had water fille up her lungs and she almost died. But thankfully she didn't, and she didn't want to give up on going on this trip with him. So the doctors all come together and made it possible for her to go for a shorter amount of time. After they meet the author, they released that doesn't even want them there. So the both of the, go and a walk together. Then Augustus ends up telling Hazel that at his recent scan, the doctors discovered that his entire body is filled with cancer. When they get back home, Hazel spends the last months of Augustus life caring for him. And she never stops loving him, as his last day arrived.
As I read this book I continuously saw hope in Hazel and Augustus's words. They both wanted to have a future together. And they never gave up on each other even when Hazel was in the hospital almost dying and then Augustus as well. When Augustus had passed Hazel still had hope she would live for much longer and she would always have Augustus in her forever. She had known he wasn't going to live much longer, so therefore she was expecting his death. But when it actually happens, it's always unexpected. She had hope because "Isaac told me Gus was writing something, something for me,..." (Green 289). She wanted a letter from him, she wanted something from him because she had missed him so much and had hope that she would find something scientifically important to the both of them.
Love was also portrayed really strongly in this book. Augustus and Hazel were inseparable. Never once did they fight. Never once did they give up on each other. They were always so happy together. And they were in love. "I'm in love with you, he said quietly. Augustus, I said. I am, he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true thing. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all domed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I'm in love with you. Augustus, I said again,..." (Green 153). As Augustus put forth his love to Hazel, he proved to her that he really cared and was truly in love with her. Love really can be found. I've taken away, that I too can find love at my age, but I may be too scared to admit it. Because of that I now think that love isn't just a word that people say to eachother, but is a strong feeling between two humans, which happens very rarely. And when I find that in my life I shouldn't take it for granted. That I should be greatly appreciated that I truly found him.
Overall I picked this book up because I had heard a lot of my friends raving about it and telling me to read it. And the first time I picked it up, I could not put it down. I sat in my bed for 2 hours, my nose stuck in the book the entire time. I decided to pick the book up again the reread it because it was so good the first time and it got even better the second time because I noticed new things, that I hadn't the first time. Over all I thought this book was amazing. Never once did I not enjoy it. It is such a different book that I had never read before that gave me a new look on the world and my life. I recommend this book to anyone who is into love stories but not happily ever afters.
Feel free to ask any questions about The Fault in Our Stars and let me know if you've read this book and what you thought about it. Hope you guys will read this book and then watch the movie. It's a great book and movie for everyone!