#1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS will make you laugh until you cry tears of sorrow. Yes, I am writing about a teenage love story which is a lesson about cancer and children; cancer in teenagers. I finished reading this book and I turned back to the first page and began to read it again.
John Green has captured the real humiliation, shame, concern and acceptance of the role of suffering; it is about how hope must give way to love if there is any future in all lives, not just lives compacted with pain and in your face reality. It is witnessing the role of disease within a life, a family, and friendships and the powerful moment when the individual, family or friend can live fully and no longer be defined by the disease.
I needed THE FAULT IN THE STARS when I was a teenager, actually, I needed it when I was even younger and I maybe could have avoided being initiated into the Hall of Shame about being ill. Instead, I was left with reading and hearing about others who fought bravely and some won (because of their positive spirit) and some lost but succeeded in putting up a gallant fight right up to the painful end. And then there were the tear jerking stories about family struggles revolving around illness, financial burdens, and those which explained to the siblings that this disease made your brother or sister need more special attention; why IT is all right to be abandoned and martyred to the cause.
“and you will be nothing but A Sadness in their lives…”
Hazel is one of the STARS of the story and she is fully actualized at seventeen years of age. She loves rock music and reading and has a best friend who is a fashion maven keeping her posted on the ups and downs of High School when Hazel does not attend because of the tumors in her lungs.
“The urge to make art or contemplate philosophy does not go away when you are sick. Those urges just become transfigured by illness.”
Augustus is the star basketball player who enjoys video games and has lost his leg to bone cancer. They meet at a support group because, “Depression is a side effect of dying.”
These two introduce each other to their favorite books and one of the books ends too abruptly, Hazel and Augustus are obsessed with figuring out what the author intended at the end of the story and what happened to the other characters after Anna dies (they assume). It is a triumphant love story.
“We made the story funny. You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice;”
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is a fictional young adult novel which tells a truth about being a teenager with cancer, it is a sad story told with poignant humor.
Do not miss this one and give your copy to a school library or cancer treatment center nearby after you have read it.
This Book is from my own personal library and my hard bound copy will be headed to a school library. No one asked or paid me to read and write this review.