No Fault with The Fault in Our Stars

Jorie Calabrese, Editor

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, is an honest, heartrendingly beautiful tale about Hazel Grace Lancaster, a sixteen-year-old girl with terminal cancer. The story kicks off (after a Gatsby-style epigraph) with Hazel explaining how she begrudgingly goes to Support Group every week following the suggestion of her doctor to help her depression, which she claims is normal and “a side effect of dying”. At Support Group, she meets Augustus Waters, a gorgeous boy who likes metaphors and not denying himself simple pleasures in life – like staring at beautiful people and saying true things. After Hazel recommends her favorite book, An Imperial Affliction, to Augustus, the two quickly bond.

An Imperial Affliction is a book about a girl with cancer, which ends in the middle of a sentence, intriguing both Hazel and Augustus, and leaving many questions. Hazel tells Augustus about her endless attempts to contact the author via fan mail, though it seems like he’s dropped off the face of the earth, the only known fact about him being he moved to Amsterdam and became a recluse after publishing his first and only book. Augustus manages to get in touch with the author’s assistant, and uses his wish from The Genies, a wish-granting foundation for children living with cancer, to take himself and Hazel to Amsterdam to meet with the author.

A character-driven book, The Fault in Our Stars examines human nature in a way that is uniquely singular to John Green’s writing style. Green manages to create a love story that not only captures the hearts of his readers, but also truthfully mimics real life. After Green promised to sign all the preordered copies, the book quickly skyrocketed to the number one spot of Amazon Best Selling Books list and still remains in the top 100. The book is currently number one on the New York Times Bestseller List.