The Fault In Our Stars
I really have to thank Sumner County, Tennessee for introducing me to the work of John Green. The Fault In Our Stars was published in January 2012 by Dutton Books . . . and I’m impressed. This is a romantic book, but not a Romance, and a book about hope, but not Hope.
The main characters in this novel are smart, thoughtful and well read, and trying to cope with death and debilitation on a personal, practical and immediate level; in a sense, they are practical philosophers. The main characters are sixteen year-olds with cancer and their families. Hazel Grace Lancaster is living with terminal metastatic CA of the thyroid, and meets a really hot boy at the awful cancer support group that her parents are forcing her to go to . . . Yep, all is in place for the formulaic Romance: it doesn’t happen that way. John Green is far more clear-eyed than that.
His characters don’t courageously fight cancer, they courageously live each day. They courageously live despite the fact that they live with the certainty or uncertainty of death.
Yes, we all face oblivion, we all face death, and we face the fact that we will not live our dreams. We face the certainty that we will someday be forgotten. But we don’t face these things with the reminders of missing eyes and limbs, with oxygen tanks and indwelling catheters, with daily pain, and with the knowledge that others don’t face the same immediacy, the same limited horizons. This knowledge, in John Green’s book, does not ennoble. His characters are real humans with real families, strengths and faults, and yet, most still have the courage to fall in love.
This is an honest book about love and living even when it hurts. Highly recommended.
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