Following the release of the film adaptation of this book and it’s worldwide success, I thought it was about time I did a review of the Fault in Our Stars.
Being a bookworm myself, I have way too many books on my Kindle, and, having read the book in late 2012 (and having cried like a baby at the ending), it’s resurfacing this year could only mean ecstasy for me.
The story’s protagonist, witty, realistic and quirky Hazel Grace, is a cancer patient who meets her love interest, the gorgeous Augustus Waters at a Cancer Patients’ Support Group at the basement of a church in Indianapolis, where the story is set.
The whole sordid tale, laconically, is basically about a sick and dying girl meeting a hot boy, resulting in the two falling in teenage love and going on adventures together. In an abhorrent twist of fate, however, the sick girl manages to live while hot boy dies. End of story.
Or so you would think. But it’s so much more than that. To me, it was like a rose-coloured reminder that we all still have our whole life ahead of us, even though we’re all dying. That’s sort of beautiful, if you think about it.
This book was definitely a heart-breaker (because of obvious reasons) but, to be sure, it was definitely filled with little nuggets of wisdom, humor and warmth. Human-scale fortitude is so refreshing once in a while, wouldn’t you agree? This book evokes such rare and tender emotions such that I have rarely found it as hard to hold back from sobbing uncontrollably at a book.
From wishes to tragedies, from love to life, from eulogies to metaphors, this book has it all. Most of all, it is a dexterous, earnest story, filled with witty realism. It’s all about the time in your journey when life goes awry. It is a must-have on the shelf of every soulful reader and, if, for nothing, you must buy it for a laugh.
Deliya x 🙂