The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is one of those books that are highly rated by the readers. The high ratings of this book on social networking sites influenced me also and I decided to give it a go. And, I am happy to say that I picked up this book. The book is certainly a breathtaking read. The distinguishing trait of this book is the candor and straightforwardness with which the author has woven a brilliant story-line.
The Fault in Our Stars is a book that not only touches your heart but also your mind. You feel the impact of the story instantaneously and closely. There are moments of delicacy and sensitivity which takes your breath away. You feel the expanding of your heart. You start to submerge into deep thinking. The story speaks to you and takes you through a variety of emotions. Sometimes you feel angry, sometimes sad and sometimes proud. The story breaks your heart but also makes you hopeful at the same time. In other words, the story is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. You do not want to leave the characters of this book behind and you miss them after finishing the book. You do not want to start reading another book as you want to keep those characters with you for a longer time.
In case you don’t know the story, The Fault in Our Stars is the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster (a 16 year old girl with thyroid cancer) and Augustus Waters (a 17 year boy with a cancer that produces immature bone). These two meet with each other at a cancer patient support group and develops a forever bond immediately. Essentially the book is the story of young ones living with cancer and is told from their perspectives. While the story is brutally honest, it is morbidly hilarious too. The characters of both Hazel and Augustus are magical but simple, and readers find it very easy to connect with them. In fact, they make a place in your heart even before you realize the same. The discussions between them are one of the highlights of this book. The exchanges between them throw light on so many things which we generally neglect in our life.
This book made a lot of readers cry, sob and shed tears. Well! I did not cry, though I felt a lump in my throat a number of times. But, yes, I agree with most of the readers that the emotional scenes in this book have been created adroitly. These scenes are not heavy and allow the readers to process the emotions in their own way. The author brilliantly avoids melodramatic display of characters falling into pieces. The book is also replete with beautiful quotes.
I don’t know what else to say about this book. The book is a moving tale about living and making most of your life. This book is also about growing up and falling in love. And, yes, this book will stay with me for a long time.
Go for it! I would highly recommend it.