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Zara Hoffman

The Fault in Our Stars (TFIOS) by John Green has developed a cult following of “nerdfighters.” thanks to the wildly popular YouTube channel “VlogBrothers,” hosted by John and Hank Green.

I was late coming onto the bandwagon. I couldn’t understand why people were crying and posting a bunch of pictures with two clouds, one black and one white, with the words “Okay.” After reading the book, I completely understand.

Inspired by John Green’s friend Esther Earl (who wrote her real-life story in This Star Won’t Go Out), TFIOS is a story about love, life, and hope. John Green skillfully captures (and breaks) the hearts of his readers within the span of a short 318 pages. Having recently experienced my grandmother’s fight with cancer, the scenes were as authentic as they were poignant. The director decided to cast real cancer survivors as Hazel Grace’s support group for the movie. Read more on the Book Website.


John Green successfully adopts a female teenage voice to narrate this amazing story. Hazel’s no-nonsense, witty and sarcastic attitude made this book a joy to read (even when I was crying).

“It's a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don't give it the power to do its killing.”~Gus

Movie Adaptation

With the success of Divergent, movie fans are now familiar with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Englort who portrayed the Prior siblings. In the film adaptation of TFIOS (June 6), the two play each other’s love interests. Woodley clarifies “It's a love story about two kids with cancer but it's not about cancer.” John Green has been vlogging his time on the TFIOS set and conducting cast interviews for his fans (just another reason you should subscribe to the VlogBrothers on YouTube. Read more on the Movie Website.

Other Notes

I read TFIOS relatively soon after I lost my grandmother. She didn’t die of cancer specifically, but because of two types of cancer, her body was more susceptible to other infections. Some of the scenes with Hazel struck very close to home and intensified my reading experience. This is not to say you need to have/know someone who has cancer. It just adds another layer of appreciation. I greatly recommend The Fault in Our Stars to anyone who is or knows someone struggling to enjoy life to the best of their ability. The book isn’t about loss, but living in the moment.

“I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn't trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful.”~Hazel

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