There is something about a sad story that is intriguing. Before I read John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars I’d read tweets and Facebook status a plenty regarding the emotional reactions of those that read the young adult novel. “I sobbed, I cried, my heart is breaking,” and I’m sold. It’s a little like a litmus test. I’d placed the title in my back pocket for a rainy day, and for when I want to test my heart and soul to make sure their still working at full capacity.
Sure enough, their both still functioning quite well.
John Green is the author of 5 young adult novels, including The Fault in Our Stars. Green is also a well-known vlogger in the YouTube community, with his brother Hank Green, on a channel called Vlog Brothers which is how I originally knew the Green brothers prior to adding this great read to my list.
The story, narrated by teen Hazel Grace, gives insight into the world of families living with cancer. Hazel lives day to day believing any day could be her last, and often times wishing it was. While you don’t hear directly from the parents, family members, and friends of Hazel, you get an insight into what life is like for them, the inability to know exactly what to say, or what to do, how to act.
Hazel meets Augustus Waters through a friend in a kids with cancer support group. Despite her best efforts to avoid friendship and more with Augustus, she falls hard when he uses his “wish” that takes himself and Hazel across the Atlantic on a mission to find the ending to their favorite story.
Speaking of blessings on Sunday, I have been blessed with not having cancer myself nor having someone within my closest circle with cancer. Reading this story really made me think and it opened my eyes. In passing thought I often wonder when the ball will drop.
“What a slut time is. She screws everybody.”
While at first I wasn’t particularly in love with Hazel’s personality, I thought to myself, “Who would you be, and what would you do, if you’d been living with cancer for over 3 years and didn’t know when your time would end.” Honestly, I’d be a Hazel too.
“The real heroes anyway aren’t the people doing things; the real heroes are the people NOTICING things, paying attention. The guy who invented the smallpox vaccine didn’t actually invent anything. He just noticed that people with cowpox didn’t get smallpox.”
All in all, very good read. If you’ve been feeling any sort of numb lately, add it to your list. I got through the novel pretty quickly and enjoyed the moments that made me think and analyze life as I know it.
Have you read any of Green’s other novels? xoxo ‘n lols, crystal