“The fault dear Brutus, is not in our Stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.” – Julius Caesar
Hazel Grace was diagnosed with stage four thyroid cancer at the age of thirteen. At the age of fourteen a medical miracle in the form of a drug trial prolonged her life by shrinking tumors found in her lungs. Now sixteen, Hazel has been removed from school and is tethered to an oxygen tank. While she is alive and could live on in her current state indefinitely, life is by no means easy.
Then Hazel meets Augustus Waters at her cancer support group. He is handsome, a cancer survivor, and he likes Hazel. Being with Augustus changes everything for Hazel and she begins to see the world in a different light.
While The Fault in Our Stars is technically a young adult book, it is definitely a book for adults as well. I have passed this book along to many of my adult friends who have in turn passed it along to someone else. While reading this book I found myself laughing and crying at the same time. Hazel and Augustus have a beautiful relationship full of struggles, love, and laughter. I wouldn’t miss this one if I were you.