Hazel is a teenage girl with thyroid cancer, which has now affected her lungs. During a support group meeting, she meets Augustus Waters, a handsome, witty young man who, within moments, invites her over to watch V for Vendetta. Quickly, they bond over books, music, and clever, thoughtful discussions.
It took me awhile to get into The Fault In Our Stars. At first, I found Hazel kind of off-putting and pretentious, but I grew to really like her and Augustus. Gradually, I came to appreciate Hazel’s bluntness and some of the things that came up as a result. I appreciated the alternative perspective on living with cancer that is presented in this book. Given that I have only been peripherally involved with someone who was sick, I have only ever really had that perspective that Hazel debunks in the story. So, the book’s given me pause, and I really appreciate that. Therefore, I’d say I’m not sure I’m as over the moon about it as other readers, but I would say that it is worth a read.