The young adult genre is not only about vampires, warewolves, or some other strange creatures. Sometimes, you get to read novels like Looking for Alaska, or The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Novels that are centered around the theme of growing up, about what it truly means to be a teenager, to make friends, to try to fit in or stand out.
This post is sort of a two in one special, meaning that, well, you’ll see.
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
So, ten reasons why you should be reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green:
1. The Title
The title is inspired by Act 1, Scene 2 of Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, in which the nobleman Cassius says to Brutus: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”
It’s not the cards we’re being dealt that matter, but how we choose to play them. How we choose to act, how we choose to react to what happens to us.
2. The Story
Just like Looking for Alaska, this is an incredibly sad novel. It’s also funny, melancholic, beautiful, easy to read, romantic. The fight between life and death, the way a disease eats away at a person’s hope.
3. The Fear of Being Forgotten
A fundamental fear, one that we choose to ignore over and over again. But we’re all afraid that we may be forgotten, as if death could only be conquered if we knew for sure that no one would ever forget us.
Books are known to increase empathy among readers because they show the pain and suffering of different people. Yes, imaginary ones, but we’re terrible at making the difference anyway. That’s why suspension of disbelief is such a powerful thing. There’s a lot of pain and suffering in this novel, but… it does open your mind and heart to certain things you might take for granted in your own life.
5. Teenage Stuff
Don’t tell anyone, but one of my favorite things are stories about teenagers. Or movies. Or TV Shows. It’s just… melancholia, perhaps? Don’t know. I think we all remember our teenage years stronger than the rest because everything was new, and we felt everything, and we wanted to grow up and assume the world, yet we were also a bit scared, a bit defiant, and not as brave as when we were kids.
6. The Narrative Tehnique
Spot on. John Green does a wonderful job, his style is clear, clean, and easy to follow. It’s not a masterpiece in terms of style, prose, whatever, but it does its job wonderfully.
7. The Characters.
You’ll fall in love with them. Trust me. You will.
8. The Funny
Humor is important. John Green is perfectly aware of that. He’s also good at humor. So, yeah!
9. The Metaphors
There are numerous metaphors, such as what Augustus says when describing his habit of putting a cigarette between his lips but not lighting it: “You put the thing that kills you right between your teeth but you don’t give it the power to kill you.”
10. The Movie
Liked the novel? Great. Watch the movie.