"The Fault in Our Stars"

By: John Green

Thesis

This amazingly good read strongly showcases battles with cancer. There are three main characters who all struggle with cancer. Isaac struggles with eye surgery, Hazel deals with her lung cancer that is showing no sign of improvement, and lastly Augustus struggles with his cancer returning. Although these friends have all to worry, they don't let cancer stop them from living their lives but go out and make to best of their situation. Throughout their treatments this very courageous group of friends will be supporting each other and caring for one another in their time of need. Showing how strong these friends become as the story progresses.

Setting

The era for "The Fault In Our Stars" is taken place in present time. The book does not mention a specific year, but it is clearly shown due to the technology it displays.

Example:


  • "The next morning I woke up early and check my email" (pg.77)


Indiana:
  • Indianapolis is the state where the novel originally takes place.

  • For Hazel and her friends, their hometown revolves around the places that they can rest on as cancer kids: hospitals, support groups in churches, and occasionally each other's homes. The whole setting is quite stifling and very indoors.


Church:
  • The church is where the cancer support group meets , also referred to as "the heart of Jesus." The church is where Hazel and Augustus meet. It is also where Augustus has his pre-funeral with Hazel and Isaac giving his eulogy.

Characters

Hazel Grace Lancaster

  • Hazel has short brown hair, due to all the treatments she's received she is very thin, she is 16, and she has terminal cancer.
Augustus Waters

  • Described in the book as “hot” and “gorgeous” Augustus is 17 and has Osteosarcoma which is bone cancer. He’s had one of his legs amputated and also has an 80% chance of survival.
Isaac

  • Isaac, who is seventeen, has had eye cancer and was now blind because of it he is one of Augustus and hazels closest friends.

Personal Opinion:

If i were to give a rating for “The Fault in Our Stars” it would deserve five stars. I am a sucker for a romance novel. While reading this book i realized that the authors purpose for creating such a heartfelt story was to entertain. Although the book may have not brought many smiles upon ones face, it made me value how precious life is. It also made me realize that anyone the characters in this book were portrayed as strong young adults trying to live the rest of their lives with no regrets and positivity. As once being a caregiver i understand and have witnessed what cancer does to the human body and how it can affect one's mood. It brought tears to my eyes while reading this book and made me view things in a different light.

Connections

Respiratory Physiology:
  • Cancers that begin in the lung are divided into 2 major types: non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer generally spreads to other organs in the body at a slower rate than small cell lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common type of lung cancer, accounting for about 80 per cent of lung cancers. Small cell lung cancer accounts for about 20 per cent of all lung cancer.


Nervous System:
  • A genetic mutation in a gene called GNAQ has been discovered. It could be responsible for 45 per cent of the cases of uveal melanoma (eye cancer).The major cause of eye cancer is too much exposure to sunlight, or UV light. Also, HIV can also trigger cancer this is almost certainly because of the effect of the virus on their immune systems This usually affects people that have been living in a sunny environment sometime in their lifetime. It usually affects people who are 50 years old or older. It is proven that people with light colored eyes have a higher risk to having this cancer because more light is able to travel past there eye compared to a person with a darker colored eyes.


Skeletal System:
  • Although it is rare, cancer can occur in any part of any bone. Cancer begins when normal cells in the bone change and grow uncontrollably, forming a mass called a tumor. A bone tumor can be cancerous or benign. A cancerous tumor is malignant, meaning it can spread to other parts of the body. A benign tumor means the tumor will not spread. Even though a benign tumor does not spread outside the bone, it can grow large enough to press on surrounding tissue and weaken the bone. A malignant tumor can destroy the cortex and spread to nearby tissue. If bone tumor cells get into the bloodstream, they can spread to other parts of the body, especially the lungs, through a process called metastasis.
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