Book Review: Fault in our Stars, Life before Death

There are very few books that have ripped our hearts out and mended it quite like The Fault in Our Stars has. Written in 2012, this book is beautiful in every way: its plot advancement is steady, and the characters are realistic. As it is rightly believed, life is not a bed of roses; it is painful and full of surprises. No doubt, this book gives the reader a candid look at cancer, which among many other things, is simply a side effect of dying. This book shows that even in death, there can be joy provided the victim knows how to make use of every moment of his life. Death is not fearful if the victim can treasure every moment in the pursuit of his happiness.


The book Fault in Our Stars may leave you awestruck and in tears. The book that talks about cancer patients, who are very well conscious that they are soon going to envisage their impending fates. It talks about two teenagers- Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters, who happen to be cancer patients and the protagonists of the book. Hazel is forced to join the Cancer Kids Support Group, where she meets the pristine, Augustus Waters. They teach each other what life is all about, and they go on beautiful adventures free from fear and illness. The story is written in a breathtaking way, which makes us become a part of the characters and feel the same emotions. Hazel and Augustus appeal to readers through their sense of humour and their courage.


The protagonists fall hopelessly in love, even though they know their story will only end in heartbreak. Hazel develops new understandings of life and death through her relationship with Augustus. She can experience what it is like to lose someone you love and work through it, which allows her to come to terms with the fact that her family will be able to make it through her death. Hazel also understands that death is an event that allows us to value the life we always take for granted. John Green breaks your heart in the best possible way and makes you cry, laugh, and smile.


The book that talks about cancer patients, who are very well conscious that they are soon going to envisage their impending fates. It talks about two teenagers- Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters, who happen to be cancer patients and the protagonists of the book. Hazel is forced to join the Cancer Kids Support Group, where she meets the pristine, Augustus Waters. They teach each other what life is all about, and they go on beautiful adventures free from fear and illness. The story is written in a breathtaking way, which makes us become a part of the characters and feel the same emotions. Hazel and Augustus appeal to readers through their sense of humour and their courage. The protagonists fall hopelessly in love, even though they know their story will only end in heartbreak.


Hazel develops new understandings of life and death through her relationship with Augustus. She can experience what it is like to lose someone you love and work through it, which allows her to come to terms with the fact that her family will be able to make it through her death. Hazel also understands that death is an event that allows us to value the life we always take for granted. John Green breaks your heart in the best possible way and makes you cry, laugh, and smile. This book is precious. It not only focuses on people diagnosed with the disease but the family of those people too. The parents of young people living with cancer react to the loss of their children in different ways. 


Hazel’s parents’ reactions show how a cancer diagnosis places parents in a difficult situation as they attempt to parent a teenage child. Augustus’ parents react differently, trying to battle cancer by staying positive. Both Hazel and Augustus find their parents annoying, but ultimately understand that their parents love them and are coping with their situations to the best of their ability. It tells you that you can’t give up even when something is trying to stop you from enjoying a happy life. When Augustus takes out a cigarette and puts it in his mouth, Hazel is mortified by the thought of a cancer survivor actively partaking in an activity known to cause cancer. But Augustus explains that cigarettes are a metaphor for keeping the smoke in his mouth, but never light it stands as an act of control. However, cigarettes become a source of power for more than just Augustus’ cancer, as he uses them in different situations to feel control in light of several different fears. 


It’s a rare book that’s emotional and full of light. But most importantly, it makes you think about how valuable love is, how short life can be, and how just one person can change your life in the most simple way. Death is inevitable, but the constant fear that it will come very soon breaks the heart. Encountering bits of death every day and thought of living the life fullest before it strikes is tearful.

John Green takes you on a journey, both terrible and beautiful. At last, Hazel finds a letter, written by Augustus before his demise. She believes is that Augustus came like a breeze and changed her notion of life. She realises that one becomes happy or sad with the choices one makes in life. Life is short, and we should live it to the fullest till our last breath.

In all, the book is a beautiful illustration of love and emotions beyond the boundaries of life. It makes us feel alive.


By Esha Mahendra


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