Book review: The Fault in Our Stars


By Jenna Hancock

Books such as The Hunger Games and Divergent grew to be very popular in the teen community, and the next book that seems to be on an uprising is The Fault in Our Stars. Being more tailored to the female population it is strange to hear that a man, John Green, is the mastermind behind the emotional rollercoaster.

The book rose to the number one bestseller on and Barnes & Noble in June of 2011, shortly after it was released. Green promised to the people who pre-ordered books of The Fault in Our Stars he would hand sign them in their choice of colors; resulting in 150,000 books having to be signed by him in different colors.

Hazel Grace Lancaster is the main character of the book and also the narrator. She has thyroid cancer which has spread to her lungs causing her to have to walk around with an oxygen tank to help her breathe. In addition, her mother makes her go to a support group “in the literal heart of Jesus.” That is where she meets Augustus Waters, who is now in remission; once having osteosarcoma before he had to have his leg amputated.

They bond in their mutual hate for the pity that cancer patients get and their oddities that attract them together like a magnets. The book then goes on to tell their story and how they mold into each other’s lives.

Towards the end of the book some tear-jerking scenes take place. And even though it’s saddening, you can’t help but laugh at the light banter between Hazel and Augustus.

On June 6, 2014 the film for The Fault in Our Stars will be coming out in theaters where the two main characters will be portrayed by Shailene Woodly, as Hazel Grace Lancaster, and Ansel Elgort, as Augustus Waters.