Columnist: Ashley Chacon

Editor-in-Chief: Yasmin Alameddine

Okay if you haven’t heard of this book yet—who am I kidding, you’ve heard about this book—it is an amazing read! A movie based on the novel is coming out this June (featuring The Secret Life of the American Teenager star Shailene Woodley) and is a New York Times best seller.

John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (abbreviated TFIOS), is the story of sixteen-year-old Hazel, a girl with Thyroid cancer, whose mom forces her to attend a support group for children who have or have had cancer. Although she doesn’t think she’s going to like the group, everything changes when she meets Augustus (Gus) Waters.

Think it’s hard to maintain a relationship now? Imagine not only being a teenager, but also having cancer, and dating someone who is in remission. Yet somehow through all this, this young unconventional couple gives readers a lesson on what true love really is, what what it means to be with someone in good times and in bad. Gus renews the hope in Hazel that cancer had stolen many years ago, and Hazel gives Gus everything he’s been missing from his life.

This book should come with a box of tissues. The narrative goes beyond the superficialities of a normal teenage relationship, and delves into the raw hardships and reality of what it really means to love someone. The issues discussed in this book make one appreciate the simplicities that come along with young love and reevaluate the way we treat our friends and loved ones.

So pick up a copy of this book and find out why so many have fallen for the story of Hazel and Gus.

Rating: 5 out of 5 quills