This month I read Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This book was probably the most meaningful book that I have ever read. This book is about a girl named Hazel who has thyroid cancer that spread to her lungs. Hazel wants to just sit and read but, her mom puts her in a cancer therapy group where she meets a bunch of “lame” people who tell their stories everyday. One day, a boy named Augustus Waters appears and becomes friends with Hazel. Hazel is finally happy with Augustus and their worlds fit together but, Augustus has a hidden secret that will shake Hazel's world. I would rate this book a 9/10 because of the depth of the thoughts and the theme. I would definitely recommend this book to realistic fiction lovers.
I think that the theme for this book would be: even though there are problem that cannot be changed, learn to go around them not over them. I think this is the theme because throughout the entire book, Hazel kept pushing through her cancer. Nothing really put Hazel down in the book besides the end. At one part in the book, Hazel said that she wouldn’t let anyone get in the way of her trip to Europe. This just shows that Hazel wouldn’t let anyone get in the way of having fun.
The theme developed the plot by shaping the characters that were in the story. The theme made it so that there had to be an issue with cancer but, with Augustus as well. The plot followed the events that made the theme. The major events in this book are: Hazel finds Augustus, they go to Europe and Augustus dies. Having Augustus die made the theme show very clearly because Hazel didn’t just return to her crabby self that is a hermit. She takes what she discovered and lives her life like Augustus would have liked. The theme developed over the plot by the event of Hazel going to Europe. The theme grew into the story and by the time Augustus dies, the theme is screaming that Hazel should live her life regularly.
The characters also make the theme noticeable because Hazle is an introvert and has cancer. Augustus has an outgoing character that makes Hazel more noticeable as well as the theme. Hazel throughout the book gains confidence in herself to live her life like she wants. Augustus more supports the theme in the beginning but at the end, he is the main part of the theme. Augustus more helps Hazel with carrying the theme rather than taking the main lead in the theme.
Over the course of this book, you can gradually see the theme grow. It does help that this books is meaningful and there are many small themes along the way but, the theme isn’t clear until the absolute end. I think that the characters carry out the theme more than the plot and background but, the plot and background supported the theme along the way. This book is a fantastic book to read and has many themes that you can learn from. There is a movie coming out in June so check that out! Thanks for reading!