“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangilical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book” — John Green (TFIOS)
This was indeed how I felt after reading this book called The Fault in Our Stars. It left me awestruck and in tears. In his novel, John Green builds a story out of darkness. He takes up the tragedy of cancer and immerses the readers in the lives of characters that could very well be real.
He puts forward his story in the form of a teenage girl called Hazel Lancaster. Stricken with cancer from the age of thirteen, she believes she has come to terms with what her life has become. Eventually, she meets a young man, Augustus Waters, a lover of life, video games and objects that have a deeper metaphorical meaning. When Hazel felt that it was the end of her life, it was just the beginning.
“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.” — John Green (TFIOS)
It is a story of romance and excitement, friendship and bravery. Throughout the story, there is beauty and humour. The book has a balanced atmosphere. It’s both sad and full of life. John Green takes his readers on a roller coaster ride. He throws light on the dangerous disease, in a way that sends a tremor of awareness and an incandescent monument to those that have both won and lost the fight. Most importantly, the characters of Hazel and Augustus, have not been defined by their cancer. The story hooks the readers from the very beginning.
Some books make us laugh so hard that our stomach aches. Some books leave us asking for more because they ended with a cliffhanger. Some books leave us questioning why they ended the way they did. Some books leave an indelible mark on us, not only because they make us cry buckets of tears or make us laugh until we can’t breathe, but because, we feel something as we read it — a feeling that can’t be expressed in words.
The Fault in Our Stars left that kind of mark on me. It left me spellbound. It made me laugh occasionally. It made me cry. It eventually made my heart ache. It made me feel giggly all over when Augustus made his moves on Hazel. For a book to have that effect of someone, it has to be special. This book is all the synonyms of beautiful! It is one of the best books I’ve ever read.