The Fault in our Stars is a young adult novel about two teenagers in who meet in a cancer support group. It’s a story about love, friendship, books and cancer.
Hazel had thyroid cancer that spread to her lungs, but she has been able to manage her tumors with a miracle drug. Augustus is a teenager who is wise beyond his years. He had “a touch of osteocarcinoma” three years ago and is currently in remission. Hazel and Gus become friends and they decide to read each other’s favorite books. Her favorite is, An Imperial Affair, and it’s about a kid who has cancer. The book ends mid-sentence, which haunts Hazel. She figures that the character died, or was too sick to continue to write, but she wonders what happened to the other characters in the book. She’s written tons of letters to the author, who has since moved to Amsterdam, and has never gotten a response. When Augustus reads An Imperial Affair he is left with the same haunting questions. Together they decide to get to the bottom of the book, which serves as a distraction and bonds them together.
The characters were so well developed that there were times I had to remind myself this was a fiction novel. It’s happy, it’s sad, it’s honest. Technically this is a young adult novel, but I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 16. It’s a very touching book and I give it 5 out of 5 donuts.
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