Green took this touchy and often over-washed subject of kids with cancer and turned it into an endearing narrative with comedy, love and thoughtfulness. Actually, on a whole, Green focuses the whole book on thoughtfulness. On Hazel and Augustus discussing the inevitability of death, how everything will turn to oblivion and just what impression they’ll leave behind. It shows that conversations and intelligent engagements don’t have to be a means to an end. But just something to have. Something to enjoy. Something to do because — why not?
Green traps the reader into feeling all the emotions. To fall in step with Hazel and Augustus as they “come-of-age” with death holding their hands. He makes you love and hate the main characters. To understand what they’re feeling.
Reading the books let’s you feel the tragedy of their love but then realize that it’s not a tragedy at all because they were allowed to experience it. A novel of experience, “The Fault in Our Stars” makes you want to live. To figure out how you define yourself and when you should start.
There is a reason this book is quietly taking over the nation. The well-written narrative offers an emotional insight never before seen in this genre.
And my biggest fear with “The Fault in Our Stars” was that Green would end it mid-sentence.