The Fault in Our Stars- Why You Should Read it
Theertha Aravind| October 10, 2022
The Fault in Our Stars is a #1 New York Times bestseller, a #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller, and the New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. It is no wonder that this book is getting a ton of hype. It is a unique and beautiful love story about two teenagers who meet at a cancer support group for kids.
This book is not a typical love story where two people fall in love and everything around them proceeds smoothly. The extra element in this book is the fact that both the characters have cancer. It is terribly beautiful to see two characters lose themselves completely to each other, all while battling cancer.
John Green's descriptions are vivid and his quotes bring you deep into the mind of his characters. This book is deeply philosophical in that manner. The description of Amsterdam makes one want to visit the place. His writing is truly beautiful and can turn a simple story into a piece of artwork.
Another aspect of the story is the love that parents shower on their children, even if they know deep inside that they might not be able to offer this love to their children for long. Hazel’s parents are there for her at her doorstep and watches her each and every move, tending to her needs. The sheer love that parents offer their children, no matter what, is highlighted in this story.
It will make you laugh. It may be a beautiful love story, but there is also humor in it. It's not about blatant jokes, but rather the ironic descriptions John Green puts into his novels. The small way he describes a character or a small comment someone makes provides the true humor in this novel.
But it will also reduce you to tears. There will be tears of sadness and tears of joy. But that is the best thing about this book. You get so invested into the lives of these characters that when they cry, you cry too.
Thus John Green builds a story out of darkness and despair. He takes the tragedy of cancer and immerses us in the lives of characters that could very well be real. We are reminded that cancer is such a dreadful disease, indiscriminate in its choice of victim, choosing with aplomb regardless of age, gender, or status. Thus, insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars Is an ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.