Hey readers! Welcome to the page. Today we’re all set to give you a full detailed information about the ‘modern classic’ novel ‘The Fault in our Stars’ including the fault in our stars book review, summary and the movie. The Fault in our stars is written by American author John Green. The novel was first published on 12th January 2012. Just after a couple of days of it’s title announcement, the novel was included in Barnes and Noble bestseller list. The novel was acclaimed widely and was an instant success. And soon, the novel got the spot of #1 New York Times Bestseller! And now, the novel is considered a ‘modern classic’.
The Fault in our Stars was highly praised by media and other authors, some acknowledgments are-
“Filled with dark humor and written with a beautiful simplicity that draws the reader in so deeply that it’s not just the twists but the gentle bends and curves that you feel tugging at your emotions.”- Daily Express
“You laugh, you cry, and then you come back for more.”-Marcus Zusak, author of ‘The Book Thief’
Well, I guess these acknowledgements are more than enough to provoke you to give the modern classic a shot!
Let’s move to the summary of The fault in our stars.
P S: The novel could make you laugh and cry simultaneously!
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The Fault in our Stars book review: Summary
“The world is not a wish-granting factory”
Hazel Grace Lancaster, the seventeen year old protagonist is diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The cancer has caused her lungs to function abnormally and she has to use a portable oxygen cylinder for breathing. In the beginning of the novel her mother thinks she’s depressed and Hazel attends cancer patient support group by the insistence of her mother. In the support group Hazel meets Augustus Waters, a charming and muscular teen. Augustus is an ex-patient of osteosarcoma, which is cured, but the treatment has caused Augustus a leg amputation, so he’s forced to use a prosthetic leg. Hazel also has a mutual friend Isaac, who is suffering from an eye tumor which has caused the removal of one of his eye and his second eye would be removed soon.
Augustus and Hazel develops a bond and they promise each other to read each other’s favorite book. He reads An Imperial Affliction and Hazel reads The Price of Dawn. Augustus loves an imperial affliction, which is about the life of a girl suffering from cancer. That’s the only book Hazel reads through the course of the novel as it was highly relatable to her life. As Augustus gets obsessed with the novel, he doesn’t like the ending of the novel, as the novel ends midsentence without providing a conclusion about the fate of it’s characters. Augustus asks Hazel about the conclusion and she explains him how the author, Peter Van Houten, had moved to Amsterdam and hasn’t been seen since the novel was first published.
“The fault, dear Brutus is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”
After a week, Augustus informs Hazel that he has contacted Van Houten’s assistant, Lidewij through e-mail. Soon, Hazel also writes an e-mail to Van Houten asking him about the conclusion of the novel and Van Houten eventually replies by saying that he can’t tell her about the conclusion through e-mail, but would surely tell her if she meets him personally in Amsterdam.
After a couple of days, Augustus and Hazel go on a Dutch-themed picnic and Augustus surprises her with the tickets to Amsterdam. He tells her that the tickets are one of the ‘cancer-perks’, according to which one wish of kids suffering from cancer is fulfilled by a charitable foundation. Hazel gets insanely happy but suddenly all the happiness fades. She feels bad for Augustus as she believes that Augustus would be severely hurt when she’ll die due to her cancer. And Augustus would never be able to live happily again. She perceives herself as a ‘grenade’ which would blow one day leaving casualties. As she doesn’t wants Augustus to be one of the casualty. So, she separates herself from Augustus.
After a couple of days, a serious incident occurs to Hazel. Her lungs are filled with fluid once again in the midnight and she’s immediately transferred to the ICU. She is admitted for a couple of days. When she gets conscious, she gets to know that Augustus was in the hospital all the time with her parents. After she returns home, things get better between them. Soon, she gets a letter from Van Houten and she insists her parents and doctor to let her visit Amsterdam even though her bad health. Her parents and doctors ultimately agrees but in one condition, her mother would go with her.
“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities”
They finally visit Amsterdam. They both enjoy their visit and everything turns out to be perfect except their meeting with Peter Van Houten. Opposed to their expectations, Van Houten turns out to be a self-centered drunkard who denies to tell them about the conclusion of the novel. However, he explains them that how some infinities are bigger than other infinities with the help of some mathematical examples. They both are disappointed but Augustus promises Hazel that he’ll write a conclusion of the novel for her himself and that would be better than Van Houten’s conclusion.
They both enjoy rest of the days in the Amsterdam and Augustus confesses Hazel how much he loves her. But at the end of the trip, Augustus tells Hazel that he had a PET scan and it lit up like a Christmas tree. He tells her that his cancer has returned and this time it’s more serious and deadly. Augusts requests Hazel to treat him like he isn’t dying.
They return back to Indianapolis and Augustus’s condition worsens due to the cancer. His physique isn’t same and he isn’t the same muscular Augustus anymore, but he’s still the same beautiful Augustus for Hazel. He becomes more and more vulnerable. One day he calls Hazel at night asking her to come over to the gas station. When she reaches there she gets devastated by seeing Augustus’s condition. He was vomiting in the car and his stomach was bleeding due to the infection. She calls an ambulance and he’s transferred to the hospital.
“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations”
Augustus calls Hazel and Isaac to a church where he arranges a pre-funeral for himself. He asks them to write a eulogy for him. In her eulogy, Hazel thanks Augustus for the little ‘infinity’ he gave to her and considers the time they both spent together was infinite.
Augustus dies after a few days in the ICU. In his funeral Hazel gets surprised to see Van Houten. He tells Hazel that Augustus had called him to attend his funeral and meet Hazel to make up for ruining their trip. But Hazel isn’t interested in him anymore. Hazel finds out that Augustus has been writing something for her, which was the conclusion of An Imperial Affliction. Van Houten again encounters Hazel and he reveals that Anna, the protagonist of the novel was his daughter. She passed away when she was 8 due to cancer and he wrote the book in the memory of his daughter.
Hazel eventually manages to find the pages on which Augustus was writing the conclusion. In those pages Augustus tells her that he took help from Van Houten and considers himself as a ‘shitty writer but good person’ and Van Houten as a ‘shitty person but a good writer.’ He concludes by saying, “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices and I hope she likes hers.”
The Fault in our Stars book review
To be honest, words can’t describe the beauty of the novel. From the beginning to the end the novel would keep you engaged. You just get attached to the novel emotionally, and it never ever gets slow or boring. The novel is hilarious but equally emotional, and as I said earlier, it would make you laugh and cry at the same time. And if a novel does that, you are OBLIGED to read it!
Talking about the characters, they’re just amazing, except Van Houten. There’s so much to learn from the characters, Augustus Waters, Hazel Grace and Isaac, none of them have a ‘very happy’ life but they still manage to live fully, especially Augustus, which is a great message by John Green. The quotes are equally beautiful and approaching. The concept of ‘some infinities are bigger than other infinities’ might be quite confusing for the readers, but you’d completely understand it’s meaning at the end.
The ending of the novel is one of the most beautiful ending(even if it makes you cry). The words written by Augustus in his last letter to Hazel would stick in your head throughout your life. I would conclude by ASSERTING that this novel totally deserves the fame it’s got and this is truly a ‘modern classic’ which makes you laugh, makes you cry and at the same time teaches you how to live.
That’s all for the Fault in our stars book review.
The Fault in our Stars Book review: Movie
The movie was released on 6th June 2014 with the same name as the novel. And like the novel, the movie was a blockbuster dominating box office on it’s first weekend. The movie was widely acclaimed and got positive reviews from the critics. Overall the movie grossed $307 million worldwide. The movie won Teen Choice Awards 2014 for best drama and 15th Golden Trailers award for best romance.
The Fault in our Stars starred Ansel Elgort as Augustus Waters, Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace and Nat Wolff as Isaac. Ansel Elgort’s and Shailene Woodley were praised by critics for their performance and chemistry in the movie. Ansel won Teen Choice Award 2014 for best actor and was nominated for Young Hollywood Award for breakthrough actor. Shailene Woodley won best actress award in Teen Choice Award 2014 and Nat Wolff was awarded the Scene Stealer.
The Hindi adaptation of the novel, Dil Bechara proved to be a chartbuster. The movie was released in Disney+Hotstar on 24th July 2020. Dil Bechara starred late Sushant Singh Rajput as Manny(Augustus Waters), Sanjana Sanghi as Kizie(Hazel Grace) and Sahil Vaid as Jagdish Pandey(Isaac). The movie is directed by Mukesh Chhabra.
The trailer of the movie was released on YouTube on 7 July 2020. The trailer proved to be the ‘most liked’ trailer on YouTube by surpassing the trailers of Avengers Infinity War and Endgame. And according to a report published by BARC and Nielsen Media, the movie is the most viewed movie on smartphone in India.
Sushant Singh Rajput was also acclaimed by critics for his outstanding performance in the movie. ‘Dil Bechara will always be remembered as Sushant Singh Rajput’s swan song. Watch this movie to simply witness Sushant Singh Rajput’s last act. A brilliant one at that.’ -Sreeparna Sengupta, Times of India
Love reading John Green novels, here are some recommendations, check em’ out!
1) Paper Towns
2) Looking for Alaska
3) Will Grayson, Will Grayson
4) Let it Snow
5) An abundance of Katherines
6) Turtles All the Way Down
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