Friday, 8 February 2013

The Fault in Our Stars- Book Review

The Fault in Our Stars

John Green

         The Fault in Our Stars is a phenomenal novel that goes through that feeling one has, as they know death is constantly near them, but everyday manage to drag on with life. The protagonist in the book, Hazel Lancaster, even after being diagnosed with thyroid lung cancer, didn’t give up and kept pushing through. I agree with Megan as I think that Hazel was a dynamic character because at the beginning of the novel, how she looked at the world and everyone else around her, revolved around her disease. Afterwards, this changed as she expanded her worldview and learned to live life to its better. Augustus Waters, the love of Hazel, is another important and dynamic character. Although both characters were dynamic, I found them to be pretty flat since the author didn’t provide a lot of information that would give you a deep understanding of them. Hazel and Augustus lived and were brought up in Indiana. Also where they met and where a large chunk of the novel was set, was in a Church said to be ‘the literal heart of Jesus’. I thought that the church was a great place for some of the events in the novel to take place since it was where the main characters first met and from where their story took off. In the book, Augustus mentions his fear of oblivion, which I thought was pretty interesting, “I fear it like the proverbial blind man who’s afraid of the dark.” I agree with Meagan as she stated that this was the main theme of the book. I think that this was the theme, since no one knows when death will approach them, and thus, we are all oblivious to death. Even though two of the most important characters in the book, Hazel and Augustus have had a brush up with cancer, they cannot predict what the future holds for them. So, even the sick are oblivious to death until it approaches them. The Fault in Our Stars was a near perfect read as it made me cry, laugh and just ponder upon how creatively it was worded.
          The book absolutely blew me away as I was left marveling at how remarkably author John Green, demonstrated a deep understanding of what a cancer patient’s life looks like. “Almost everyone is obsessed with leaving a mark upon the world. Bequeathing a legacy. Outlasting death. We all want to be remembered. I do too. That’s what bothers me most, is being another unremembered casualty in the ancient and inglorious war again disease.” This quote had me thinking how being a victim to cancer affects a persons life and takes everything they’ve ever had leaving them with desperation in the race against their own life. It helped me really understand the novel and the characters. Although the exposition of the story was a bit prolonged, I found that the build up of the rising action really had me hooked onto the plot. I thought that the exposition was slow because they were still trying to get into the story and build onto it to provide a strong climax. The climax was strong and super effective because as soon as I got to it, I knew that it was the main event that would occur in the novel. A quote that was said by Hazel, popped out to me, “I helped him stand and then offered my arm to Isaac guiding him past furniture that suddenly seemed intrusive, realizing that, for the time in years, that I was the healthiest person in the room.” This quote helped me determine the antagonist of the book, which I thought were the circumstances that a person is put into. Hazel realizes near the climax, that she doesn’t want to be ‘a grenade,’ she doesn’t want to wound those close to her with her death. This had me thinking about the relationship the protagonist shared with herself and others in the novel. Since she cared about her parents and others close to her, she didn’t want to wound them because she knew she mattered a lot in their life. Overall, it was a book that I marveled at, but I thought there wasn’t much of a resolution because it ended very abruptly without a clear solution to the climax. Other than that, I absolutely adored the book and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about love, drama, and suspense.

1 comment:

  1. Haniya I liked your writing style; it is so detailed and captures a reader's attention immediately and retains it throughout the writing piece. Keep up the good work kiddo :)