The Fault In Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars, published in January 2012, is the sixth novel by author John Green. The title is inspired by Act 1, Scene 2 of Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, in which the nobleman Cassius says to Brutus: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” The story is narrated by Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old girl with thyroid cancer that has affected her lungs. Hazel is forced by her parents to attend a support group where she subsequently meets and falls in love with 17-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee.
As the book progresses, the readers are unwittingly brought into the lives of the characters and start feeling and thinking about them as one of their own. The various turns that Hazel and Augustus go through, the tragic moments, the funny moments and the times when the readers are left teary eyed, is what makes this book worth a read. The readers gain an insight into the lives of people who are diagnosed by terminal cancer, the struggles they go through, their daily lives and how cancer disrupts the lives of the other people involved as well. However, the story also leaves a message of courage, true happiness and how to live life. This book through its protagonists try to tell that one should not feel pity for themselves, rather embrace life or what’s precious is left of it. It touches the chords of the readers’ hearts through its emotional appeal.