The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (2012)
by Nurahimmah Zamhari
LimKokWing University of Creative Technology
Diploma in Mass Communication, Semester 2.
‘The Fault In Our Stars’ by John Green is a story from a 16-year-old cancer patient’s point of view: Hazel Grace Lancaster.
She was diagnosed with stage 4 thyroid cancer when she was only 13 years old. Fortunately, she managed to live with the help of an experimental drug called Phalanxifor.
Hazel Grace is currently pursuing her college education. She attends a support group for children living with cancer that her parents signed her up to. Isaac, who lost his eye to cancer at a young age, goes to the same support group and is a friend of Hazel’s.
Augustus Walters, nicknamed Gus, is a friend of Isaac’s and he recently joined the same support group as Hazel and Isaac. He is a former basketballer who lost his right leg to osteosarcoma. Hazel meets Gus through Isaac and they begin to spend more time together as time goes by.
Hazel has always wanted to go to Amsterdam to meet Peter van Houten, the author of her all-time favourite book, ‘An Imperial Affliction’. Gus suggests that they fly to Amsterdam together but Hazel refused at first for fear of getting closer to Gus. Knowing that he had lost a girlfriend to cancer, she did not want Gus to go through the same thing again with her.
After much argument and consultation from Hazel’s doctor, she is cleared to fly to Amsterdam.
Hazel flies to Amsterdam with her mother and Gus. On the first night at Amsterdam, Hazel and Gus are treated to a fancy dinner courtesy of Peter van Houten. The next day, they went to Peter van Houten’s house only to find out that it was actually Peter’s assistant, Lidewij who set them up for the dinner and that Peter had not agreed to meet with them.
Hazel and Gus are both frustrated by Peter’s attitude. Peter’s assistant, Lidewij takes Hazel and Gus to the Anne Frank house. There they had their first kiss and the crowd was applausing. However, their stay at Amsterdam takes a sad turn as Gus learnt something tragic: his disease has recurred and he only had a few months left.
The next few months become more difficult for Hazel and Gus. Gus eventually passes away after a few months, leaving Hazel devastated. She has a hard time coming to grips with his loss, but in the end she accepts their fates.
This book is very interesting as it shows how we as humans go through life and experience love, hardship and so much more.