SAD BUT AMAZING
John Green, a New York Times bestselling author, has been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize twice. He has a Twitter with 1.1 million followers. He also has his own website which is johngreenbooks.com. John Green has won the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He is a popular author, and he has even written a few more books that also carry out his amazing writing style.
The book takes place in late winter and has two main characters. They are Hazel, or Hazel Grace, and Gus who is a friend Hazel meets in the beginning of the book. In the very beginning of the book Hazel explains that her parents think she’s depressed, because of her lung cancer. She then has to go to a support group every week and when she gets there she meets Gus. Gus is there for his friend Isaac who is about to go blind, because of his cancer. After the meeting Gus invites her to his house, and because her mom doesn’t think she has any friend she lets her go.
In the story there are two conflicts that are mentioned, but one is a major one that follows Gus and Hazel around throughout the story and there is nothing they can do about it. The small conflict is that Hazel and Gus both want to find out the ending to their favorite book, An Imperial Affliction. Hazel tells Gus about this book when she goes over to his house. He falls in love with it, but the book ends mid-sentence. This is something that they must find out about even if it means flying to a different country.
The other conflict is much bigger than the one before. This one is something they can’t fight or solve, and its cancer. Hazel is in a huge battle against it and Gus is to even though his is gone. They are both fighting really hard and not just for their survival, but for each other to. The cancer is bigger than they both thought and it takes over their lives in a way.
The theme of this story has a very deep meaning. “Never was Shakespeare more wrong than when he had Cassius note, “The fault, dear Brutus is not in our stars/ But in ourselves.” Easy enough to say when you’re a Roman nobleman, but there is no shortage of fault to be found amid our stars.” This passage really reflects the story, but it’s very hard to tell. This quote really means a lot to Hazel. The main theme is to keep fighting even if all odds are against you, and that’s what I see in passage.
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I laughed and cried throughout the whole story. It really made me think about life and the way I’m living, but it made me think about it in a good way. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone who loves a good book. I would give it a perfect five star review. The book really touched my heart and if you choose to read it I hope it does the same for you.