"Cancer Sucks (A Lot!)"

The Fault in Our Stars

Overcoming Obstacles

Our protagonist Hazel Grace is a 16 year old girl, and she has cancer. Simple as that. And as she knows, living with cancer can really be a downer. That is, until she meets August Waters. As these two characters go through a life together, they learn that even though life isn't fair, you have to move on. On page 32, Augusts says, "'Don't tell me you're one of those people who becomes their disease. I know so many people like that. It's disheartening...'" In this quote, Augustus talks to Hazel about her personality, and she realizes that since cancer had gotten to her, she hadn't really been getting on with life. On page 312, Augustus had written in a letter to an author, "Hazel is different. She walks lightly, old man. She walks lightly upon the earth. Hazel knows the truth; We're as likely to hurt the universe as we are to help it, and we're not likely to do either. People will say it's sad that she leaves a lesser scar, that fewer remember her, that she was loved deeply but not widely. But it's not sad, Van Houten. It's triumphant. It's heroic..." This letter was found after Augustus' death in the story, and it talks about Hazel, knowing the truth about life, and how she knows how to just "punch cancer in the face." In short, she learns how to overcome obstacles.

A Love Story with an Edge - A Fight Against Cancer

That little blush spreads across Hazel's face the first encounter she has with Augustus, which blossoms from a little blush to a "more-than-friends" relationship. Hazel and Augustus, both have a form of cancer and are both (what seems like) exceptionally learned teenagers. They learn more about each other through their frequent times together and their simple love connection. Hazel learns close to the end of the story that Augustus had kept a secret away from Hazel that he had been slowly dying, but didn't want to tell her to worry her. Augustus dies, leaving behind the story of a young couple who were once in love.

John Green

John Michael Green was born on August 24, 1977 in Orlando, Florida. Green's first novel, Looking for Alaska, written in 2005, which has won the Michael L. Printz Award, and made the ALA 2005 Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, written in 2006, also won the Michael L. Printz Award. His fifth book was The Fault in Our Stars, which was a #1 New York Times Bestseller, #1 Indie Bestseller, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller, a USA Today Bestseller, and a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice novel.