The Fault in Our Stars
Regarding The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, I will start by saying that, yes, it is a book about cancer, and no, it is not a book about cancer. It is a story about life and its glamor … with some cancer in the middle.
Despite the fact the book has as a cancer theme, do not assume it is a common cancer related book in which the patient never changes, and remains fearless and admirable.
Practically Hazel’s entire life has been to prepare to die. She’s a vegetarian because she wants to reduce the number of deaths of which she is responsible and cares about how her mother will endure the change from being mother to no longer being a mother, among other things, like what will happen with her parents’ marriage after her death (a study, says the book, shows that the majority of marriages end after the death of a child). So she basically keeps away from people to reduce the damage she can cause when/if she dies.
Hazel meets a boy named Augustus (Gus) Waters in one of the meetings of the Cancer Kid Support Group she attends once a week. Gus is attractive, charismatic, and has an artificial leg; although there are no signs of cancer in his body. The difference between Hazel and Gus is simple: Augustus has a future, Hazel does not. Even so, Augustus does not care if Hazel has no time, or at least in no way it affects the admiration (and fascination) that he feels about her. They become very good friends (those who know they like each other and flirt with frequency), but Hazel draws a line there. She doesn’t want to be the grenade that injures Gus’ feelings.
Hazel and Gus would like to have more normal lives. Some would say they have not been born under a lucky star, that their world is unfair. Hazel and Gus are only teenagers, but if they have learned anything from the cancer they both suffer from it is that there is no time for regrets, because whether we like it or not, there is only the here and the now. And therefore, with the intention of fulfilling Hazel’s greatest desire – getting to know her favorite writer-, they decide to cross the Atlantic together for an adventure against time, which is as cathartic as it is heartbreaking. Destination: Amsterdam, the place where the enigmatic and grumpy writer lives, the only person that might help them to sort the parts of the enormous jigsaw puzzle that they are part of…
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is about love of life, family, friendship, accountability, death, courage, and the romantic side of cancer which is so distant from many books that teach us otherwise.