The Fault in our Stars
Name : The Fault in our Stars
Author : John Green
Genre : Young Adult
“I believe the universe wants to be noticed. I think the universe is improbably biased toward consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its elegance being observed. And who am I, living in the middle of history, to tell the universe that it—or my observation of it—is temporary?”
Life has been better for Hazel Grace. Especially since her will to live has never been bubbling over the basin, something her mother never understood as she sends Hazel to a cancer support group, Yet, as Hazel always keeps reminding her; as a person having stage IV thyroid cancer, she really couldn’t care less.
However, the trip doesn’t prove to be a complete waste, as she meets the charming Augustus Waters, an 18-year-old ex-cancer patient, with whom Hazel immediately falls in love with.
Hazel is invited to go to Augustus’ house where they exchange each other’s favourite books, of which Hazel’s is “An Imperial Affliction”, a story about a girl with cancer which ends halfway through the story, written by the mysterious Peter Van Houten, whom she considers as her second best friend.
Through the course of some daunting experiences, Hazel and Augustus bonds inseparably, and one day Augustus springs out the news that he has had the chance go to Amsterdam along with Hazel, where he has tracked down Peter Van Houten to be living. Hazel is overjoyed, as she will finally be able to get the answers to the mysteries left ignored in the book.
Thus, the two journey on an epic quest to find the mysterious author, all the while unraveling the enigmas of death, the gates of love and of course, the meanings of life. And although Hazel knows that at some point, she will have to leave everyone else behind, hurting everyone that loves and has ever loved her; her mother, her father, and Augustus…, (“A grenade”, she calls herself) her will to find answers is suddenly strong. But how long will it hold on?
Packed with humour and grief that will take you to the peaks of happiness and the depths of despair, John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” is a stunning portrayal of cancer, love, death, and life. Loved by children and adults alike, this best-seller is a must-read literary work for anyone searching for a gripping, fresh story.
Reviewed by: Parindi Dharamawardhana, Mahamay Girls’ College, Kandy