Is it Tragedy? Is is Romance? Is it comedy (in the Shakespearean sense)? Green provides the perfect blend of Love and lost, tragedy and humor without over-simplifying the characters or over-exaggerating their illness.
Sliding my hands across the screen to turn the pages while using my next hand to wipe away the tears that are streaming down my face as I powered through this tear jerker. This is the saddest book I’ve read all year and maybe will remain that way for the rest of the year. Green wove not just a story of love between a boy and a girl but one that touches your very soul because of just how powerful the characters are in their existence in a world where nothing has been normal for a long time now.
Everyone, Meet Hazel Grace; a sixteen year old cancer patient with a very real awareness of her life expectancy but with a kick-ass attitude and sharp sarcastic tongue. for fear of their daughter turning into a recluse she was encouraged (read- coerced) into attending a cancer support group where this one guy mostly speak about himself and at the end recite the names of other member now deceased from the group. It was here that Hazel met Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball-player-in-remission cancer amputee, who felt she was the doppelganger of Natalie Portman (in her V for Vendetta era). Hazel soon fell for the very self-aware charismatic Augustus and together they began a journey of love and adventure and everyday survival of an illness that will not stop their zest for living.
note: That’s about all i’ll say about the plot — Go read the Book. Seriously.
Not since the Notebook have I ever felt this strongly about the protagonists main squeeze. You’ll fell in love with Augustus just as slowly and right around the time that Hazel herself did.
Okay, so, If you’re not a big reader and even more so, not a big reader of Shakespeare then you probably would not know that the title of the book is derived from Act 1 scene 2 of Julius Caesar when Cassius said to Brutus ‘ The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings’ If you’re wondering what is heavens does that mean then I would suggest reading Green’s interpretation which it in itself is the entire book. My take on the title is that it is our condition that drives us to decisions and actions and not because of FATE or DESTINY or when we’re conceived depending on what stars were where in the constellation. Hazel Grace and Augustus were driven by their illness, they had so much and no more time allotted to them to do, so much see…just, so much. Take for example Augustus’s biggest fear, of not being remembered, not being given enough time to make his mark on the world, not enough time with Hazel, his parents–everything.
I Loved how Green told the story from Hazel’s point of view that allows us to come to face to face with the realities of child cancer and shrunk away from it because even though there is a clock on their lives he shows that that they are still real, Real boys and girls with dreams and aspirations that their condition will never allow them to fulfill. More than anything I love how the humor push through all of the characters, even through Isaac’s moments of maudlin and despair we were able to get a chuckle or two without feeling guilty that they are dying because they know and already accept that they are.