Divija Vaish, a grade 11 student.
How do I start explaining this book? I’ll start by saying that it’s not the best book I’ve ever read, but it’s my most-read book. I’ve probably read it about sixty-something times now and I know the entire book (almost) by heart.
The book is told from the point of view of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a sixteen-and-a-half-year-old, thyroid cancer patient, who is terminally ill. She has one true love in her life- a book called “An Imperial Affliction” by Peter van Houten, and her wish is to meet “this van Houten guy” so he could tell her what happens after the book (the book literally ends in the middle of a sentence!).
Actually, it is the one true love of her life until a certain Wednesday when she made the acquaintance of Augustus Waters.
Augustus (Gus) is a tall, lanky seventeen-year-old boy who had had “ a touch of osteosarcoma” (a type of cancer that sometimes takes a limb from you to decide if it liked you, and if it did, it took the rest of you). But that Wednesday, when Hazel Grace met him at a Support Group for cancer patients in the “literal heart of Jesus”, he said that he was “on a rollercoaster that only goes up.” Naturally, Hazel Grace decided she more than liked him.
They go back to his house and exchange books, him giving her “The Price of Dawn” (based on a video game) in exchange for AIA. From this point, the book becomes one epic love story, in which Augustus falls in love with her and decides to take her to Amsterdam to meet van Houten (who turns out to be pathetic), where she discovers that his osteosarcoma was back. It had already taken his right leg and had decided it liked him, so it was back to take more. It ended up taking more than just another limb this time.
The Fault in our Stars is definitely not the best book you’ll ever read, but there’s just something about it that draws you in so deep, you’ll never be able to find your way back, and quite frankly, you wouldn’t even want to find your way back. I would recommend this book to whoever is reading this, especially if you’re a teenager (I mean, there’s a reason why this book is number one in multiple “top teen books” lists). It teaches you that you have to be self-aggrandizing sometimes.
It teaches you why it’s better to be loved deeply by a few people than to be loved widely. It teaches you how to enjoy the little things you have in life, which are infinite in their own way but to live for the greater things, which are more infinite. After all, some infinities are bigger than other infinities.
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