The fault in our stars

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John Green
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The Faults in Our stars is an amazing book. When I finished it I almost threw it across the room yelling, "Who would write this?" But the more I thought about it, the more I realized it changed the way I saw the world. The Faults in Our Stars is about Hazel, a 16 year old girl with stage 4 thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs. She is also diagnosed with depression so her doctors and parents make her go to a support group. She hated it and really, I don't blame her. It was really depressing. Nothing good came out of it. At least not until she runs into Augustus Waters. I really mean she runs onto him. Gus is a 17-year-old bone cancer survivor. In support group when he is asked to share some of his fears with the group he replies, "Oblivion." Of not being remembered after he dies. Hazel points out we will all die someday, the whole human race, and tells him to get over it. That was the start of a beautiful friendship. Gus and Hazel bond over a book called An Imperial Affliction. It's about a girl who has cancer, and as Hazel put it, the author is the only person she knows who who understands what it's like to be dying and not already be dead. The book means a lot to them both. Unfortunately it is not a real book that you can read. (I checked.) Gus and Hazel write to Peter Van Houten, the author, asking to know what happens to the characters since the book ends so suddenly. Van Houten says he can't write a statement about it because that would imply he was going to write a 2nd book, and he was not going to. He does, however, invite them to Amsterdam to talk. Hazel gets so excited. But she does not know how she would get there. She tells Gus and he is willing to use his "Wish" from the Make a Wish Foundation to get them both to Amsterdam. Meanwhile, before they leave, they are consoling their friend Issac. He had a tumor in his eye and had to have it taken out and now they found another tumor in his 2nd eye. At the same time his girlfriend dumps him. She said she had to do it before he was blind because "She just felt to bad dumping a blind guy." If that's not bad enough, she never even calls or texts after his surgery to make sure he is ok. But I felt satisfied with how they handled it. They handled it like mature adults and threw eggs at his girlfriends car. It is one of my top favorite scene in the book. Hazel, her mom, and Gus all travel to Amsterdam. Hazel has made it clear that she only wants to be friends with Gus. She figures she is going to die so why should she leave behind more people than she has to? I can see why she is saying this but I believe that by saying that she is not living. Gus, however, lays out how he feels simply. He is not afraid to say that he loves her. Yet at the same time does not pressure her to love him back. When they reach Amsterdam, that first night, they have dinner at a fancy restaurant. The writer, Van Houten, payed for it. I think it was then that she began to really not be afraid to love him back. As Gus says 'It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you." The next day Gus and Hazel go to meet Van Houten. He turns out to be a really mean drunk. Apparently his assistant had mostly been the person in contact with them and Houten never actually thought they would come to Amsterdam. It is a really sad but inspiring scene. Hazels dream to meet this amazing author, was shattered. Not only that but he called them "side effects." Hazel stands up and gives him a piece of her mind. They both leave and the distraught assistant quits on the spot. She takes Hazel and Gus sightseeing. It's in the Ann Frank house that they first kiss. As Hazel eventually says to Gus, "You gave me forever within the numbered days." Things are looking up for Hazel. She got her trip to Amsterdam, her cancer has not spread and she has Gus. And lets face it. I don't think there is a Gus in the world. Or any Hazels for that matter. But I suppose that is why this book is fiction. But in the story I am glad Hazel has Gus. And that Gus has Hazel. That of course can't be the end of the story. Both hazel and Gus go through some hard times. But I won't spoil the ending. So why do I love it? And how has a simple story changed how I see the world? Well, it has made me less afraid of death, not just of myself dying but going through someone I love dying, that you can make it through that. Hazel and Gus also showed me that we might not live forever but the time we are given with people can last forever in our hearts. I love this book because, well, it has given me Hazel and Gus and shown me that the fault in our stars, our life, can be beautiful. And it is.