Title: The Fault in our stars
Author: John Green
No. of Pages: 313
Genre: Young Adult
Story line: Hazel is a normal teenage girl except for the fact that she has cancer and her lungs suck at being lungs. Hazel meets Augustus Waters in a support group who smokes but still does not smoke as it is a metaphor for him. ‘You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do its killing’. Augustus life is based on the se kind of metaphorical resonances. They start spending time with each other and they fall for each other, knowing the fact that hazel has cancer and she might die someday and that their love wouldn’t last forever. As a reader, we know that too but we still continue to read the book as to reach the end and to see what will actually happen to them. Will some miracle happen? Will they be together or break up as not to hurt each other? Will Hazel actually die? Will this story too have a ‘happy ending’? To find the answers to these questions, a reader decides to reach the 313th page of the novel.
Thoughts: The writing is easy to understand and fresh. The characters in the book are a bit unrealistic. Hazel’s father cries all the time and he is a bit of a maudlin too. Augustus waters is the only teenager, i think, who puts a cigarette in his mouth and can still resist the urge to smoke it. Moreover, being a teenager, he talks about metaphorical resonances and many big things. Hazel hardly completes her sentences. Most of the time, she can’t put her thoughts into words. Whereas, Augustus is shown as a genius or almost a genius and a hot guy.
Although, the story of the novel is realistic. It shows you the daily lives of the cancer patients and their survival. Their lives depend upon medicines and if they miss it, they will die. They live in a hope that some miracle will happen but they do know that they are dying inside. To get a normal life, either they have to lose their eyes or lose their leg. Some don’t have any option, they take up the meds and wait for their last day to come.
You must have heard so much about this book, its quotes are famous, the movie trailer is already out which compels you to think that the book is a masterpiece but IT IS NOT. The fault in our stars is a normal book. A love story of two teenagers who are cancer patients. There is nothing extraordinary about it. It’s like you expect so much from this book when you start reading it but while moving towards the end, you only wait when will this end and in the end, you are left with nothing but disappointment. May be because, the publicity of this book led us to expect MUCH MORE than this book can offer.
Markus Zusak, the author of The Book Thief, has said “you laugh, you cry and then you come back for more”. Well, I wouldn’t come back for more for this book. So, I think this book isn’t for me or for someone who likes to read pure literature books or masterpieces. This book is suitable for young teenagers who like to read love stories and i’m sure that the story of Hazel and Augustus will impress them. OKAY?