It took me a long time to write this post.
It was difficult to find the right way to talk about ‘The fault in our stars’ by John Green, because it’s a book about a young couple, but mostly because it’s a story about cancer.
Now, it’s awfully complicated to write about cancer without falling into a pitiful stereotype.
For long time I thought that John Green had been so good at it, that I should have just let him tell this story, without adding anything that could, someway, make it less beautiful or less heart-breaking.
Then it hit me: this is not a book about cancer, at all.
It’s a story about needs and wishes, gaining and loosing, life and death.
Cancer is not the plot, it’s only the mean Green decided to use to tell us a wonderful story about a girl who thought she had nothing left but mere survival.
A girl who one day met a boy and found out that survival was not everything she was left with.
In a witty, funny sequence, we get introduced to Augustus through Hazel’s eyes.
She’s always been nothing but terminal, with a lung cancer that floods her lungs every now and then.
He’s a cancer-free boy, who had his leg amputated because of a sarcoma in his bones. He, who keeps a cigarette hanging from his lips, despite the fact he doesn’t smoke. Like looking death in the face and say: ”Fooled you!”.
From that meeting, their life is going to radically change.
So, when you’re going to pick up this book and dive into this story, remember this.
It’s about life. It’s about hope. It’s about love.
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