Title: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Dutton Books
Published on: 10 January 2012
John green’s humorous writing style shines in this masterpiece. The Fault In Our Stars is a novel that signifies a story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old pretty girl suffering from lungs cancer since 3 years and Augustus ‘Gus’ Waters who is in remission now and had a tumour in his leg. They fall for each other into the blissful feeling called LOVE even after knowing the consequences that it will be a heartbreak in the end.
Their first meeting is described so alluringly. The protagonist of the story, a teenage girl is forced by her mother to go to the Cancer support group. Reluctantly she joins it and passes days. There she meets the charming, appealing and charismatic boy Augustus ‘Gus’ Waters whose positivity towards life attracts Hazel. Gus too falls for Hazel at first glance. They both understand and start looking at the better picture of life when together. They both travel to Amsterdam to meet their favourite author of ”An Imperial Affliction”, their relationship blossoms and they found that life has a greater meaning.
The characters are so well described and looked so realistic. The perfect blending of words, make it look so appealing to the readers. The characters ponder a bewildering array of hope, love, trust and truth. Hazel, what a breath of fresh air her character was. How optimistic she was, can be analysed through this line,
“But in fact, depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying”.
She is so much into herself, that she doesn’t want a cool-tag and all. She is aware of the facts, and what she likes. Hazel is a passive fighter and has a selfless love for Augustus. Augustus Waters is a charmer and boy with a purpose. He makes us wonder in every sentence he speaks how bad it be to not live a meaningful life. And a true friend who can do anything to make his people happy. The book’s well-developed portrait of other characters as well. Peter Van Houten, Mrs Lancaster, Issac and even minor characters leave you speechless with the words they say.
Coming further on writing style of the novel, the writing style of the author is so magniloquent and we as readers have to give it a second thought that how can a love story be so heart-wrenching but still so poetic, humorous and full of good vibes at the same time.
A very ponderous look into a love story and even after knowing that the story won’t have a fairy- tale ending, we get so absorbed in every sentence that we read. The use of ironic tone by John green makes it a terrific read. The atmosphere described is so soothing and endeavouring. Each scene is richly atmospheric. John Green masterfully sets the character in a very alluring description. The pace was brisk and vividly rendered along with some great line.
The Fault In Our Stars is a kind of book you never want to end and you will end up pretending to recommend this book to everyone.
My Favorite Lines
Some lines from the novel that I am in love with are –
“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world… but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”
“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”
“I fell in love the way you fall asleep. Slowly, and then all at once.”
“You are not a grenade, not to us. Thinking about you dying makes us sad, Hazel, but you are not a grenade. You are amazing. You can’t know, sweetie, because you’ve never had a baby become a brilliant young reader with a side interest in horrible television shows.”
“The world is not a wish-granting factory.”
All and all, the book holds the reader’s attention and is something in what reviewers claim to be the author’s best work yet. It is a book full of light and teaches you to enjoy your life amidst a thousand reasons that stop you to do so. It will tell you how important love is. Your life can be unexpectedly short so it’s better to have a meaningful one.
About the author
John Green is an award-winning author and New York Times–bestselling author. He won various awards including Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. His notable works include Fault In Our Stars, Paper Towns, Looking For Alaska, and Turtles All The Way Down. Aside from this, he is a YouTuber too. He introduced his first channel in the year 2007 along with his brother and then he moved on to creating an educational channel teaching.