Young Adult author John Green’s latest work, “The Fault in Our Stars,” departs from his usual boyish narratives to deliver his most sincere work yet. The consensus among avid “Nerdfighters” (the John Green equivalent of Lady Gaga’s “Little Monsters”) is that this book surpasses the quality of “Looking For Alaska,” his beautiful novel about a 16 year old boy, Miles Halter, attending boarding school in Alabama who falls in love with an incredibly self-destructive, yet entirely too insightful classmate named Alaska Young.
Don’t Pick It Up. Don’t. Do. It.
You will never forgive yourself. You’ll never want it to end.
Though “Looking For Alaska” and “An Abundance of Katherines” are all incredible, nothing has felt quite so “real” as TFiOS. While “Alaska” and “Katherines” made readers envious of the characters, the characters in TFiOS are the readers. Green somehow managed to capture the essence and raw, uninhibited thoughts of his millions readers and Twitter and Tumblr followers and translate them into an impacting and impassioned storyline that is bound to catapult him into infamy and beautifully litter high school Literature and Composition courses all over the world.
“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.”- Hazel Grace Lancaster
The story of Hazel and Augustus, 21st century “cancer kids,” is a brief one— about 200 pages. Its succinctness mirrors Hemingway’s— where the messages extends far from the page, and doesn’t require a vocabulary fit for the SAT. The novel allows readers to fall into a world that truly allows them to forget their own cancers— wether literal diseases or social problems, and enjoy a story marvelous enough to fit the requirements to be fiction, but true enough to resonate in the furthest corners of their minds.
TFiOS is everything that a Young Adult novel should be— it doesn’t underestimate the intelligence of its readers and exposes the truths of their times. For those looking for something to pour their hearts into, to forget the world for a night or two, and remember the beauty that can come from sadness—this book is for you.