The Fault in Our Stars
By John Green
pp 317, Dutton Books
There are some books that leave an eternal impression on the pages of your mind. There are some that you can read time and again. But won’t you agree if I say that there are books which are highly appreciated but somewhere in your mind, you realize that they are good, but not like those creating an everlasting impact on your mind, in your life and sometimes, on your thinking.
‘The Fault in Our Stars’ in one of those books for me. I won’t call it badly written, lacking emotions, or meagerness of realism but it is just a good book for me that I can read and maybe forget forever. Let me clarify I am not criticizing it.
So, ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ is a book that talks about cancer patients, who are very well cognizant of the fact they are soon going to envisage their impending fates. It talks about two teenagers- Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters- who happen to be cancer patients and the protagonists of the book. What next? They meet, fall in love, and spend lovely time together. They embark on a journey to a foreign land and realize some bitter truths of life- at such young age. Finally, Hazel realizes that Augustus is the one who is going to face the fate first, which eventually happens. At last, she finds a letter which was written by Augustus before his demise. All that she understands is that Augustus came like a breeze and changed her notion of life. She realizes that one becomes happy or sad with the choices one makes in life, something Augustus made her realize. The book reaches its climax with Hazel realizing that she is happy with her choice in life.
This, my friends, is ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ for you all.
This sixth book by John Green is entertaining, funny, realistic, and makes you like it, if not love. It talks about human emotions along with the vulnerabilities it brings. It clearly and closely depicts the agony of not only cancer patients but their parents and friends, and what they go through every day, every moment. Many of you may love it, cry with it, and read it again and again.
For me, it is a good book, just a good one as I said earlier. But I won’t hesitate to say that it is not one of the best books (romantic or tragic one to be precise) that I have read in life, to date. It doesn’t make you (or me, I should say) as wishful to make a person survive to live with the love of life, as Erich Segal’s ‘Love Story’ makes. It doesn’t make one as determined in love as ‘Wuthering Heights’ does. It doesn’t make a great, hugely powerful impact that ‘The Sun Also Rises’ makes.
But still I would not call it bad. It is a good book and readable. Even if you are not a bookoholic, it is one book that you can read to experience one good, sweet, romantic love story.