The Topic of Cancer


Hazel and Augustus share an incredible love in “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green.

Ambyr Hayes, Ranger Review Reporter

Time Magazine has previously raved the book, “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green, “Damn near genius!”  The story follows two teens and their fight against cancer together.

The story begins by the main character, sixteen year old Hazel Grace Lancaster, saying “Cancer books suck. This may or may not be true (I haven’t read a lot of cancer books)”. Either way it is an ironic comment for her to make considering she is the narrator of her own cancer book, which in my opinion does not suck at all.

Hazel was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at age thirteen, which has eventually has spread to her lungs forcing her to carry around an oxygen tank to help her breathing.

At a support group for children and teens with cancer, Hazel meets Augustus Waters, a seventeen year old boy who has lost a leg from osteosarcoma (a type of bone cancer). They form an instant connection that will last forever.

This book is by far one of the best books I have ever read. “The Fault in our Stars” really takes the reader on a journey through the eyes of victims of cancer.

The connection Hazel and Augustus share is so beyond words could ever describe and will take the reader on an emotional rollercoaster between best friends and lovers.

I would strongly recommend this book to any and everyone. I personally read the book in less than a week, and would reread it over and over again. John Green is a fabulous author and I will continue to read some of his other novels.