The Fault in Our Stars


4.5 Stars

Hazel Grace is dying, but that's old news. She's been dying for four years from cancer, and that has not and, most likely, will not change. Her life is about the same as every teenage cancer patient's: she wakes up, lays around for a while, gets fussed over by her mom, and communicates with other dying teenagers at a weekly support group. But, this average life of her's takes a turn, though maybe not for the better or the worse, when a new (and fairly attractive) boy shows up at one of her group meetings. Be it because of fate, god, or simply a random coincidence, she and the forever philosophical Augustus Waters are thrust into a world of romance, adventure, and... pie charts?

The Fault in Our Stars, the epic bestselling novel is best described as, well, epic. From the moment you open the cover, you are pulled into the mind and heart of Hazel Grace who can easily be related with by any teenager, with or without cancer. As you follow her on her journey, you feel the same emotions as she does, you join in as she destroys countless trophies, plays blind video games, and falls in love with a one-legged philosopher/basketball player. I found myself brought to tears, though not necessarily tears of grief, at the simplest things like a nice phrase shouted out in Dutch. Though I enjoyed the rest of the book, I found the ending to be a little disappointing, although that might just be because it left me feeling like Hazel after she finished An Imperial Affliction and was constantly wondering what would happen next. But I guess that's just the fault in this star, you can never know the true ending.