The Fault In Our Stars is about a teen age girl named Hazel who gets thyroid cancer at the age of 13. At 16, she now suffers from fluid build up in her lungs and is forced to use an oxygen tank to breath. She goes to a cancer support group for teen agers and meet a guy named Augustus, who is in remission from osteosarcoma, which left him with only one leg. At first, they just begin as friends, but then they both realize there is something more than friendship.
However, Hazel realizes that she is probably not going to be around for long. Her diagnosis is terminal and her lungs can’t continue to support her. She is afraid to become close to Augustus for the fear that she would leave him behind and he would be attached to her.
However, they continue their relationship and Hazel and Augustus embark on a roller coaster ride of emotions, including love, sadness and romance, while searching for the author of their favourite book. They travel to Amsterdam in search of Peter Van Houten, the author of An Imperial Affliction. However, their encounter with Van Houten is disappointing as he is a delusional drunkard who doesn’t even realize they are coming. None of their questions really get answered, but they still get a wonderful trip in Amsterdam. While on their trip Augustus tells some heartbreaking news to Hazel and both of their worlds fall apart around them.
If you enjoy young adult books, full of witty humor and heartbreaking events, this book is perfect for you. Expect to laugh, cry and smile throughout this masterpiece by the amazing John Green. I highly recommend this book!
I give this book 5/5 stars!
Linnea Hedberg Waara