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THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is not your typical teenage love story. Hazel Grace is a 16 year old who believes that no one will ever fall in love with her before she dies from a strain of cancer that basically “makes [her] lungs suck at being lungs.” Augustus Waters is a gorgeous, intelligent, one-legged cancer survivor who longs to be the hero of his own story. Put them together and you get tragedy, comedy, brilliance, and a love story like no other.

After meeting at a Cancer Kid Support Group in the heart of Jesus (aka a church basement) Gus and Hazel hit it off immediately. They bond over video games, favorite books, and cancer perks. Throughout the rest of the book they attempt to create a lifetime of memories in the limited and unknown time they have together. As teenagers, their time together is infinite. But as cancer patients, their time is a completely unknown variable. To make the most of their time together, the two set off on the emotional and literal journey of a lifetime.

A reoccurring theme in the novel involves heroism. Augustus is all for sacrificing himself to save others and therefore be worthy of remembrance. At the support group meeting when he and Hazel first met, Augustus spoke about fearing oblivion—that one day everyone who ever knew you will be gone and it will be as if you never existed. He attempts to be remembered by making the best of all situations as if he were on “a roller coaster that only goes up.” Hazel on the other hand merely wishes to survive and sees the hopelessness in trying to be remembered as a hero. She just tries to get through each day as it comes. That is, until she becomes acquainted with Augustus. With him at her side, Hazel finds it in herself to stop watching America’s Next Top Model and embark on a great adventure.

Overall, The Fault in Our Stars is a novel that anyone can enjoy. The wit, love, humor, and tragic destiny of two protagonists are fated to turn this book into a timeless classic.

 

 

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