The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Hazel Grace Lancaster is 16. At 13, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer that also kind of spread to her lungs. Suffering from depression, she is taken to Support Group, where she meets Augustus Waters, 17, who lost one leg due to osteosarcoma (bone cancer), but has been in remission for more than a year now, and who is there mostly to accompany his friend Isaac, with eye cancer.
Hazel Grace and Augustus quickly become close after she recommends him reading her favorite book “An Imperial Affliction”, which ends mid-sentence and leaves her (and now Augustus) with lots of questions. Through an institution that helps kids make their one wish come true, they fly to Amsterdam to meet the author and try to discover what happened to the characters of the book.
This is a heartbreaking love story, one that you know you should not hope for a happy ending, and still you pray for a miracle to happen. But as they say all the time in the book, “the world is not a wish-granting factory”…
And although it involves teenagers, which could turn out to be a very melodramatic and silly story, it is different because Hazel and Augustus are not common kids – they are very mature, realist and intelligent, so it is delightful to read their story.
The book is funny when it can be, but extremely sad when is has to be, and it does not only tells us about their relationship, but also the relationship with their parents and how they take and live with the disease.
Brilliant – a must-read!!!
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