What Makes ‘The Fault In Our Stars’?

The Fault In Our Stars

I know this is a little late keeping up with the topic, but I couldn’t resist.

John Green’s latest book has taken the whole world by storm and I am one of those people swept away with the wind. I quote the book directly- “My thoughts are stars that I can’t fathom into constellations,” – so please excuse my scattered ideas and just read on.

The book is about Hazel Grace, a sixteen-year-old grade 4 cancer patient and how her life is. Eventually meets Augustus Waters at a Cancer Support Group and from here begins “a roller coaster that only goes up.” Gus is everything that Hazel isn’t, and the story is about how their lives change, from playful flirting to the deeper connect- love. It is a story of love, hope and sacrifice, all in the face of death.

TFIOS is my favorite book now, even though, I am not a big fan of romantic book (although I am a sucker for such movies). Personally, I read the book, not because I wanted to but because some of my friends insisted and I needed to be in touch with the gossip. And I read it in a day. The story struck at the back of my head, and whatever I did, my mind kept wandering to the little thing that I liked.

But what exactly makes The Fault In Our Stars?

Hazel Grace. Augustus Waters. John Green. They make the book. The pain, the heartbreak, the love. It makes the book.

TFIOS is relatable. It is real. It speaks of cancer. Yet it is not a cancer book. It is of Hazel and Gus, yet it is yours. TFIOS is your interpretation of death, of life, of love and hope, sacrifice and the importance of life. TFIOS will teach you something that no other book will teach. It is said, “Only one who hasn’t knows its importance.” It teaches what can be taught only by a person who knows that life is limited. I teaches you the importance of life and the meaning of living. That living is not surviving. It is living…. for someone else. Loving… beyond the possible.

The Fault In Our Stars is an epic story, a story that is likely to leave a mark on your life as it did on mine. And a story that would make you cry and laugh at the same, and that book you would always go back to.

Finally, Mr. Green, I would like to thank you- I quote you directly, “You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

P.S. This was a reminder for my dad to read is ASAP.


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