Here’s the thing about The Fault In Our Stars. It’s different, it is a welcome change to those of us who are sick of always reading about the happy ending. All throughout different media platforms the idea of a happy ending and happily ever after is thrown at you constantly, and that’s one thing TFIOS doesn’t do.
John Green doesn’t try to soften the blow that comes with death, he doesn’t try to cover up the pain and feelings that a terminally ill person deals with when they are faced with death. He is honest in his writing and he is honest about the minds of teenagers.
The Fault In Our Stars follows the love story of two teenagers with cancer, but it isn’t a cancer novel. It’s a teen novel, with characters that are easy to relate to and are real.
The novel is raw and beautiful. It is sad but true. It may not be the fairytale novel you are after, but it is real, it is honest, and it leaves you thinking that life is brief. It is short and can be gone at any moment. Hazel and Augustus teach us to live and love as quickly and as passionately as we can in the short amount of time we are given on this earth.
It teaches us that nothing is constant and nothing last forever, but it also teaches us that it’s okay to fall in love, regardless of how selfish it is. It teaches us that it is okay to be selfish sometimes, and it’s okay to want things. It’s okay to want more for yourself. It’s okay to feel the things you feel.
Augustus is right when he says you don’t get to choose if you get hurt, but you do get to choose who hurts you. I am forever grateful that I chose The Fault In Our Stars to be one of those things that hurt me. Because it did, but it was one of those pains you remember, the ones that teach you something. My advice to anyone who hasn’t read the book is this.
Don’t be afraid to let it hurt you.