Hazel doesn’t live like a normal 16-year-old. Instead, she lives with terminal cancer that keeps her hooked up to oxygen tanks and leads her to attend a Cancer Kid Support Group. During one meeting she encounters Augustus Waters and everything in her life suddenly changes.
The Fault in Our Stars tells the story of Hazel through her eyes. She knows there’s no cure to her condition but a new medicine has bought her more years, years that her parents hope she’ll use to live like a teenager.
Enter Augustus, a gorgeous boy who has lost a leg to osteosarcoma. They are drawn to each other in a way Hazel has never experienced and as they share their lives with each other, their stories become irreversibly tangled. Their love and Hazel’s struggles with it are definitely the carrying forces of the book.
I enjoyed the characters and their banter, although if you stop to think about it, it comes across as just a bit too much. Their responses were just a bit too clear, as if they’d been trying to come up with the perfect thing to say before opening their mouths. Still, most of the time I was too immersed in the story to notice or be bothered by it.
Now, I was told this book would make me cry. It did. It also made me laugh and contemplate life. I fell for the characters right from the start and it was hard to put the book down. What I loved about it the most was that there was tragedy but also hope, and at the end I was left with a sort of bittersweet feeling.
To be fair, for a book that dealt with cancer kids, there wasn’t that much about kids dealing with cancer. Of course there were parts where the characters were affected by their diseases, feeling worse, ending up in the ICU even, but at its core the book is a love story.
Perhaps this wasn’t as good and amazing as I’d heard and hoped, but I’m definitely satisfied I gave it a chance. I’d recommend this to those of you looking for a YA romance that’s big on metaphors and larger-than-life symbolism, and also in case you just want to read something that might bring a tear to your eye.