The Fault in Our Stars by John Green; 2012; $17.99; 318 pages; Dutton Books, New York, NY; 978-0-525-47881-2; YA Fiction; purchased from Multnomah County Library Title Wave Used Bookstore; 4/10/14-4/14/14
Hazel has been fighting cancer for several years and watching her support group change as others pass on and new diagnosis join the group. One day a friend of hers brings another friend to group and he changes Hazels’ life. Augustus Waters is a jock who talks like Pat Conroy writes and has lost a leg in his own battle. Hazel introduces Augustus to the most important book in her life, An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten and then they both are obsessed with the book and what happens to the characters in the book after the book ends, (something I have often wondered myself and written the sequel in my head.) Augustus manages to make contact with the author and uses his cancer wish to get he and Hazel a trip to meet Mr. Van Houten, a trip that is more and less than either Hazel or Augustus imagined it would be. The trip is the coda to the penultimate measure of their young lives.
Did I like it? Yes, it was well written with characters that it was easy to empathize with, all but one, but eventually even with that one. I am looking forward to reading more of John Greens’ books.
What is with the title of the review? I have been watching John Green do Mental Floss list shows for a couple of years and I heard good things about TFOS and I finally put it together that the John Green I was watching was also the author of TFOS and other books. The last paragraph of this moved me as much as the first chapter of Yellow Birds. I have reread the final paragraph of this as many as read the first chapter of Yellow Birds.