This post contains affiliate links. My teenage daughter sometimes likes a book so much that she asks me to read it. Such is the case with The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I have to agree with her that this is a good book that I finished in just a few days.
About The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars is about Hazel Grace, a 16 year old girl with terminal cancer. While attending cancer support group, she meets Augustus, a boy who is in remission for cancer and is missing the lower part of his leg thanks to his earlier cancer battle. Hazel and Gus fall for one another, especially as they can commiserate about being “cancer kids.”
Hazel tells Gus about a book that she loves and reads over and over again, An Imperial Infliction, about a girl who has cancer. One thing she dislikes about the book is that it ends mid-sentence. Hazel can’t quit obsessing about what happens after the book closes. Gus takes it upon himself to contact the author, Peter Van Houten, who lives in The Netherlands. And just like that, Hazel and Gus embark on a crazy adventure together.
My Thoughts on the Book
This book submerges the reader deep into the world of teenagers with cancer. Of course, it’s sad. Some of the characters die or undergo difficult, life-altering procedures. Yet, even with this darkness surrounding everything, Hazel and Gus, with their humor and banter, are two bright lights in the story.
There was one part of the book that I felt was an unrealistic stretch. Unfortunately, I can’t state what part without including a spoiler. However, that part I found unnecessary, and it ruined the book a bit for me. That’s why this book does not get 5 stars. Still, as a person who has watched someone die of cancer, I can say that the process and emotions surrounding a cancer death are spot on in this book.
I give The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 4 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.