The Fault in Our Stars – John Green


“The Fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves…”

The story is narrated in the first person by a 16 – year old cancer patient, Hazel Grace. What it feels like to live with Cancer since you were merely 13! The story revolves around Hazel’s life… How she copes with everything and tries to act like a normal teenager just for the sake of her parents!

Augustus Waters – My favorite character of the book – is a 17-year-old boy who is in love with Hazel and has had a touch of osteosarcoma (Cancer) a few years ago. But is now absolutely good!

Cancer is a topic which is deadly but still, no one bothers talking about it, or discussing it… John Green has very well talked about cancer patients giving the readers a chance to ponder upon it.

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this evangelical zeal and you are convinced that the shattered world cannot be put together unless all the living humans read that book” The Fault in our Stars is this type of a book!

It was around 30 minutes past midnight that I devoured the entire book.

Right now, “My thoughts are stars that I cannot fathom into constellations…” I don’t know how to express myself! I am actually spellbound! I loved the book and have no words which can describe what I am feeling right now!!!

After reading the book, I was completely numb! I couldn’t cry, I couldn’t laugh, I couldn’t think! Actually… I couldn’t BREATHE! I didn’t WANT to breathe… I just wanted to sit there and cry my heart out! I kept hearing the last words of the novel “I do Augustus, I do” echoing in my mind! I was so stunned to decide anything, so damn numb to speak anything!

I just picked up my laptop and started typing! And then… Finally came the tears… making my vision blurry, fighting all their way through my eyelids to notify their presence. It reminded me of a line in the book “The Universe feels the need to be noticed”.

Whatever happened in the novel, I didn’t want it to happen. I wanted it to different for both, Hazel and Augustus. But Alas! “The world is not a wish-granting factory.”Is it?

The book was simply devastating and explains best the concept of life, death and everything in between… It was a book of its kind. I do not remember reading any book which is even the slightest bit of akin to this one.

It had an awesome character plot, the theme of the novel was also quite rare. And the dialogues… Dios mío!!! Fantabulous! John Green plays with words like a small child playing with building blocks! Creating small instances at first… And finally ending up showing far bigger and deeper aspects!  The small examples are shown to leave the readers pondering upon the bigger and important aspects of human life… Its plain fabulous.

After reading the summary, the readers might think that this book features a battle against cancer and death, for life and love! I am so sorry to burst your bubble guys… But if you think so, you are absolutely wrong! The book has a far deeper meaning!

It explains a war within a human being. The healthy part of a human, and the disease-prone part of the human. The cancer patient does not have to gain victory over cancer, rather has to gain victory over himself!

John Green’s writing style was so real, that I could very clearly imagine myself at Hazel and Augustus’s place, becoming a very close part of their joys and sorrows, gains and losses!

The book was very emotional and held such deep ideas within it that I couldn’t help but feel the pain. Also, as quoted by John Green, “That’s the thing about pain. It DEMANDS to be felt…” The book also taught me that “Some infinities are greater than the others.”

Yes, my dear Augustus, you have left a deep mark on my heart & I am sure as Hell that you will leave a mark on every reader’s heart!

At last. I would just say… It’s a Fabulous book and as I mentioned above, a must read for each and every person in the World! And also, don’t be shy about grieving over some part of the book… Just Remember…

“Grief doesn’t change you… It reveals you!”


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