Saturday, May 24, 2014
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Mollie rated the book 11 on a scale of 1 - 10. I would give it a strong 9.
Basic premise: Hazel is a teenager with cancer. It's stage 4 thyroid cancer. Her life is centered around being sick. She attends a college class, and with her mother's insistence, she goes to cancer support group. She meets Augustus Waters (Gus) there and he immediately is smitten by her.
Hazel and Gus become involved, as friends and kind of boyfriend/girlfriend although that develops more throughout the story. Gus' cancer is in remission although he lost a leg to it. There's also a great friend Issac who has a rare form of cancer that claims his eyes (Isaac = eyes sick).
There's a strong subplot about a book called An Imperial Affliction that matters the world to Hazel.
I wasn't as into the thought of the book because dying teenagers aren't my cup of tea but this was about something else. It really was about understanding the universal terror of death and not leaving an imprint on the world.
It wasn't a sob-fest, both Mollie and I teared up but neither of us cried. It opened conversation and I really liked how it presented illness. Hazel and Gus both have had enough sickness and lost enough friends to the disease to have a wonderfully jaundiced view point about it.
These are not Love Story cancer patients.
I told Mollie to pick the next book we're going to read. Should be interesting.