Tuesday, October 29, 2013

TFIOS again...

Reviewed by
Amy Sepulveda

The Fault in Our Stars is a 313-page young adult novel written by John Green. Unfortunately, it is not a series, although many people have begged Green for another book about some of the characters in the book.

Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old cancer patient ( stage 4 thyroid), was diagnosed at the young age of 13, and is required by her parents to go to a cancer support group because she is believed to be struggling with depression. During a session, she meets an Osteosarcoma survivor, Augustus Waters, who is there at the request of his friend who is about to go blind. Augustus and Hazel form a connection as they spend more time together, and at the recommendation of Hazel, Augustus reads Hazel's favourite novel entitled An Imperial Affliction, and falls in love with it himself. The cancer organization called "The Genies" grants wishes to adolescent cancer patients, and when Augustus discovers that Hazel's was already used, he offers his to take them to Amsterdam to meet and discuss the novel with the author, Peter Van Houten.

The Fault in Our Stars is a heartbreaking story that left me tear-stricken. I could not read another book for days, because I did not think any book would ever be as well written as Green's story of love and compassion. The characters clearly have been well thought out and given unique qualities that can draw readers into their lives, intrigued to find out what happens to them. This book has changed so many lives, especially young cancer patients', as it has motivated them to stay strong and fight as hard as they can to beat their disease. I have always had an aspiration to become an author, but this particular story is the one that inspired me to start now, and write as much as I can, getting thoughts out, even if they sound simple and meaningless at first.

Editor's note: Since this book continues to be overwhelmingly popular (and thus always checked out!), and some teachers have put it on their book lists, we have ordered more copies. The library also owns it as an audiobook and an e-book.

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