A Love Triangle
To say I fell in love with The Fault in our Stars would be an understatement — I loved it to the moon and back. First, I loved the actual love story. Hazel and Gus have a chemistry that left me (1) happy they met; and (2) sad that it was so short-lived. Or was it? One thing is for sure, the love story is unpredictable. At first the author led me to believe that cancer will take the life of the obvious victim; then, the story twists and turns. I found myself rooting for each of the character’s unlikely triumph, but the inevitable happens. As a result, I shared a broken heart with a cast of characters I’ve never met but will likely know for an infinity.
Secondly, the adults captured my heart. I loved the role that they played — especially Hazel’s mom — in the lives of the main characters. Hazel’s mom straddled the line between over caring for her sick daughter and allowing her to live a normal teenage life. Her mom pushes her to experience life outside of cancer and supports Hazel’s decision to fly to Amsterdam to meet the author of her beloved book. The mom also gives Hazel her space to explore what could be her one and only chance at love. Additionally, I admired the adults for creating an environment conducive to “normalcy” given the fact that the teenagers were fighting and dealing with lifestyles far beyond their years.
Finally, the author, John Green, writes to his audience, not at them. This makes all the difference because it demonstrates that he knows his demographic. The book is so good — it actually reads to you. Because it is unpredictable, I enjoyed every twist and turn. The entourage leaves a lasting impact, an infinity so to speak. Green shapes each character and threads their stories together as if he wrote it from the perspective of a person on the inner circle. He strikes a triangular balance comprised of transformation, raw emotion and true love. The book was more than Okay. Okay? I highly recommend it!