Life holds many things; the beautiful moments where everything sparkles and glows, the painful moments where the sun is non-existent, and the frustrating moments where nothing goes your way. John Green’s ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ is a novel which shares many such moments with its readers, conveying messages that touches one deep in the heart, revealing an insight of what life is really about.
A Brief Summary
The novel is written in first person, from Hazel Grace Lancaster’s point of view. She, at the age of 13, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and her life plummeted like a Ferris wheel that stopped mid-way. But a miracle came, offering her an opportunity to test an experimental drug and to reclaim what was lost to her; her life. Although her life was returned, it was not the same; incomplete, empty – but that would not last for long. The winds changed its course and blew to her, Augustus Waters, a 17-year-old whose character and beliefs would spill into her life. Together, they face the beauty and harshness of life, supporting one another in unravelling life’s true meaning.
Many people encouraged me to read ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, saying it was good, amazing, life-changing. I didn’t believe them; I thought they were just exaggerating, like how people normally do. But for some reason, I picked up the book and before I knew it, I was already halfway through it.
‘The Fault in Our Stars’, to me, was indeed a good read, life-changing as promised and very addictive. It brought upon a deep meaning, a reminder, of what life really is and how one should treasure it, creating value in the process. This novel reflects on sometimes, how cruel reality can be and yet joy can be found in the midst of all the pain and sorrows.
From the beginning of the story, the language used was easy to understand, and at some points, they were fun to analyse because deep down, you get the feeling that there is a deeper, more complex meaning hiding in there somewhere. I loved the language used; so profound yet easy to understand, so easy and yet seemed intelligent as well. I even wrote down several quotes that really captured my attention, that really managed to bring forth my emotions to the extent where I found myself sobbing and laughing openly. I found the plot fascinating, very different, exposing me to another aspect of life I was not familiar with; the world of sickness and diseases. From the synopsis of the book, I knew that this book would be somewhat sad as it revolves around the lives of cancer patients, and quite inspirational. Truth be told, I was inspired by the language used, the plot of the story, the values it held and the messages it conveyed. For this novel, I now hold a sense of sentimentality. Whenever I hear the title or the characters’ names, I get a wave of emotion that brings back memories, as if I were also one of the characters in the story.
Overall, I found ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ a worthwhile novel to read as once you start the first page, you will definitely meet the end in no time. I strongly recommend this to anyone who is searching for a somewhat deep book to read, a book that has the ability to reel you into the life of the characters, a book that touches you at the core of your heart.