Linda Recommends THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

FaultRecommended by Linda Monterroso

“Okay? Okay.” Do these words sound familiar? These words come from the tragic love story, The Fault In Our Stars. Hazel is a 16 year-old young lady that was diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer. When a very handsome man named Augustus Waters suddenly joins her cancer support group, Hazel feels her life completely coming together again. This bold and heart-warming book by John Green will take you through the struggles and worries of being a cancer patient.

Hazel Grace Lancaster was first diagnosed with cancer when she was just 12 years old. In order to make sure she’s doing okay, she has to visit the hospital frequently. She then attends a cancer support group, where she meets a young man named Augustus Waters. Augustus Waters is 17 years old and had osteosarcoma a year and a half ago from the books setting. Being with Augustus helps Hazel reexamine how sickness and health, life and death will define her. Although, Augustus is not diagnosed with osteosarcoma anymore he still isn’t living life the best he could. He says, “I’m a rollercoaster that only goes up, my friend.” Hazel, herself also shows many signs of depression, anxiety, and stubbornness. She says, “If you want me to be a teenager, don’t send me to a support group. Buy me a fake ID so I can go to clubs, drink vodka, and take pot.” To sum it all up, Hazel and Augustus being together makes them forget about all their pains and worries.

John Green uses a very unique style in writing this book. He writes in first person from Hazel Grace’s point of view. This book was written in a manner that the readers can get inside Hazel’s thoughts and inside of the story. John Green writes, “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world… but you do have a say in who hurts you, I like my choices.” In my opinion, a lot of the quotes in this book are so good and so thought out that it just seems like the book was meant for you. In conclusion, everything the author writes out seems to have a story behind it, which only you know the background to.

This book’s theme to the world can make anyone go deeper into their thoughts. Hazel and Augustus don’t let cancer stop them from living their life. They go out and make the best of their situation. Hazel says, “You gave me a forever within the numbered days.” They are by each other’s side every step of the way which made their numbered days endless. I learned that out of every situation we face, we should always see the bright side in it. Because as John Green says, “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”

I would recommend The Fault In Our Stars to anyone, but mostly people that are attracted to love stories. This story shows you the advantages and disadvantages of being a cancer patient. This is a story you’ll never forget.

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 Several of Linda’s classmates have also allowed us to publish reviews of what they’re currently reading.  And for recommendations from kids of all ages, check out our Kids Recommend section.

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