Presentation of Extensive Reading---The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is about a girl named Hazel who is living with cancer. She attends a support group and mee
t Augustus Waters, and attractive kid who takes an interest in her. Hazel constantly worries about her parents' lives and the lives of her friends, while also struggling each day to just live. I loved love this book. It was so absolutely fantastic. Hazel and Augustus are great characters, and I loved Isaac too. I literally went from crying to laughing at many parts. The humor was fantastic, and everything was very realistic, although Hazel and Augustus seemed a lot smarter than any teenagers I've ever met. There's really not much to say. The book definitely speaks for itself. If you've read it, you know how awesome it is, and if you haven't read it, then you should read it. I am not an emotional reader. Hallmark commercials, Disney movies, beautiful songs, but books never really have that effect on me. I read them, I think about them for a few days, and then I let them go. I've never been swept up into the world of a book enough that I feel the triumphs and tribulations of the characters. Until this book. "The Fault in Our Stars" is a work that defies its genre in all the best ways possible. The silly boy crushes and superficial gossip that most writers think makes up 99% of high school steps aside for a beautiful, honest, heartrending story of life, death, and love. Hazel and Augustus are two of the most fleshed-out characters, particularly teenagers, that I have ever read. Their story is a joy and a privilege to read. Furthermore, their love is more real than anything else you will ever find on the Young Adult shelves. Note- Read it alone if you can. People give you weird looks when you aren't sure if you're laughing or crying. In The Fault in Our Stars, author John Green tackles the major questions of existence with humor, honesty, and grace. The narrator (Hazel) is dealing with a terminal form of cancer and yet this is not a story about dying but rather a story about truly living. Through the lives of the two main characters Green shows us that we are all in fact terminal, but that we largely decide how to spend our brief moments of life. Most lives are not triumphs or tragedies purely, but they are filled with moments of both. If you are a nerd fighter or simply heard of the hype surrounding this book, believe it with a grain of salt. Believe it with a voice in the back of your head telling you to be cautious. Because the first
two chapters we've all heard are nothing like the remaining 23. And all 25 are nothing like Green's other books, but in the best and most wonderful way. I feel like this is the writer Green was meant to be, the one we've all expected to emerge since Looking for Alaska. "I think I need to reread it; I know I sped through some parts too fast to fully appreciate them. It was...more than I expected, already, though. For a few days, I was kind of secretly anxious as hell. When I got it and actually held it in my hand, I was really excited but also afraid it wouldn't live up to the seemingly unfair hype we gave it. I mean, we didn't know that much about it anyway. He had an idea of who two of the characters were. We knew what the cover looked like. We knew it'd be autographed. We just had faith in this fantastic writer. And....it was well-placed. I laughed, I cried, I was cliche as anything. Whatever man. It was a profoundly /good/ book, and the characters were remarkable, and I can say with no hesitation that it was the best book that I have read in a very very long time, and definitely the best he has published, ever. I hope to see students studying these in English someday. And I'll be damned if it doesn't earn him the right to attach more stickers to the book covers, this time shiny and metallic and very very award-y." Entertainment Weekly picked "luminous" as their descriptor, but I would disagree. My word is "resonant", and I am still feeling the afterglow.Buy it. It's fantastic. *SPOILERS* One of the things I noted early on in the book was Augustus's obsession with self-sacrifice in the video games, which I figured had to mean something. Augustus wants to mean something to world. He wants to be able to die having left his mark. Hazel, on the other hand, wants to leave as small a mark as possible. She sees herself as a grenade that will harm everyone when it explodes (or rather, when she dies). She tries to avoid loving Augustus because she doesn't want to hurt him when she dies. And of course, it ends up being the other way around. Saw that one coming. But anyway, through Hazel, Augustus learns that it's enough to mean something to someone else, that you don't need to die a noble and sacrificial death. I need to read this book again, I think. I can't quite wrap my head around all of it just yet, but I know that it was funny and entertaining, but also sad and hopeful. John Green certainly has a way with words.