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"The Fault in Our Stars," a 2012 novel by John Green, is a beautifully crafted story of triumphing against all odds.
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By Natalie Kfoury — A&E Editor

Time and time again, young-adult author John Green has proved that he has an amazing ability to craft heartwarming, beautiful works of literature. The Fault in Our Stars is no different. The novel, which was published in January, tackles the subject of terminal cancer patients finding hope, love, and the strength they did not believe existed.

Green introduces the reader to Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old with terminal thyroid cancer who has been medicated by a miracle drug that will keep her alive for an indeterminable amount of time. Green tells the story from Lancaster’s eyes, making her the first female narrator that Green has written about.

While Lancaster deals with her sickness, she also has to fight a diagnosed case of clinical depression, an illness that lands her in a cancer support group for children where she meets Augustus Walters, a 17-year-old in remission for osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, who will change her life just as she changes his.

Together, Lancaster and Walters learn to use each other for the love and strength the other needs. While Lancaster previously never socialized with people her own age, preferred to spend her time alone, and looked at the world with negativity, with Walters she is able to understand and see the good in the world, despite her terminal illness.

The novel mixes sadness and hope with humor, making it an easy read that pulls at heartstrings every now and then. Green also adds plot twists to create a novel that is always interesting and impossible to put down.

The Fault in Our Stars is another masterpiece of Green, the author of Looking for Alaska (2005), An Abundance of Katherines (2006), Paper Towns (2008), and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (2012), which he co-wrote with young-adult author David Levithan.

The Fault in Our Stars captures many emotions perfectly and reads as not only a young-adult novel, but also a book that can be loved by people of all ages.

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