To quote the great Sir William Shakespeare “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings”.
At age thirteen, Hazel Grace Lancaster was diagnosed with terminal thyroid cancer, casting her young life into a cloud of disarray and uncertainty. But even when her and her family find a miracle drug to prolong her life for an uncertain amount of time, it still feels as though the rest of Hazels life has been written in stone before it has even begun. Fast-forward 2 years later and Hazel is 16 years old, reclusive, recently diagnosed with clinical depression, and still has cancer. Her mother, believing it will help relieve Hazel’s social solitariness and depression, asks her to attend support group and this is where Hazel meets Augustus Waters. A mysterious, handsome boy in remission from cancer, Augustus seems to be paying special attention to Hazel of all people. Once their lives touch, the mark they will have on each other will be permanent.
The Fault In Our Stars explores how fickle the idea of human mortality really is and how the legacy of you, or me, or anyone that ever lived will be remembered once we die and the world moves on without us. Will we ever be remembered or will the oncoming oblivion of humanity render everything anyone has ever thought, or built, or created, forgotten? While the fear of oblivion is irrational, the rational of fearing oblivion is understandable- this is a theme that is prominent throughout the novel. Hazel’s eloquent and raw thoughts grab your attention and it is as though you are at Hazel’s side every step of the way. John Green’s detailed and sensitive writing style makes this book an emotional and powerful read. I would recommend this book to mature readers or anyone who loves literature. The Fault In Our Stars is heartbreaking, mind-altering, and a near perfect read.