The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene is quite honestly one of the best books I have ever read. It’s a touching love story that will absolutely have you in tears by the end, if you couldn’t tell from the movie trailer. The film adaptation of Greene’s book comes out in June starring Shailene Woodley as Hazel and Ansel Egort as Gus.
Hazel is a cancer patient. She isn’t angry, as you might imagine, but has a hard time connecting with people her age. She’s wise beyond her years, has a dark sense of humor, and a quick mind. She attends a support group for other kids battling the disease, but she finds the meetings dull and depressing. Until she meets Augustus, a friend of one of the other kids in the group.
Augustus and Hazel immediately hit it off. They become fast friends, bonding over their terminal diseases, sharp wit, and love of literature. As with many co-ed friendships in high school, the two develop feelings for each other. Accompanied by Hazel’s oxygen tank and Gus’s prosthetic leg, the two fall in amazingly real and profound love, despite Hazel’s fear of emotional pain in addition to the physical pain she feels every day.
You really can’t miss their incredible and miraculous journey. I, of course, encourage you to read TFIOS before the movie comes out. Regardless, this movie is going to be a hit!
– Greta Hallberg
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