Oh my! I bought a new computer for medical school! This is my first post from it! I hope it doesn’t explode while I write this!
Now, jokes aside, the next blog post is a bit sad so let’s tone it down.
Yes, the above photo is cheesy and fan-fiction. But it was the best I could do, without just giving you a picture of the book cover!
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green revolves around the relationship between Hazel and Augustus - two teenagers who are diagnosed with cancer and meet at a mutual support group. Green’s novel outlines how the two meet, get to know each other, and fall in love. Simple enough, right?
Wrong. Though it’s tough to say much about the book without giving away too much of the plot, it’s safe to say that it is not only beautifully written but also a fair representation of some of the emotional struggles I’ve witnessed of people fighting cancer. I had a close friend at work during college that fought, and beat, advanced breast cancer and I swear that some of the feelings that these characters share and describe about their lives are eerily similar to her own story. Beyond the love story, it is a testament to the struggles of people and families dealing with tough illnesses - and for that, it is already worth reading.
The book was tough to get into at first. Green’s decision to write the story from Hazel’s point of view was hard for me to get over - her language was pessimistic, negative, and yet now that I think about it, fitting. But getting past that, the story itself was gut-wrenching and well thought out. The characters are quirky and memorable, though you should be warned there are some cliche scenes between them that might get the most realistic of us groaning.
In the end, I guess the most telling (yet not surprising) thing I can say about this book is that it moved me to tears. On a plane. Where the two people sitting next to me MUST have been terrified by my emotional outburst. Go read the book! Okay? Okay.