It’s hard to be a teenager. It’s even harder to be a teenager with stage four thyroid cancer “with an impressive and long-settled satellite colony” in your lungs.
This is the life of sixteen year old Hazel Grace Lancaster in the book The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Thanks to a miracle drug the tumors have been kept at bay. “The drug was phalanxifor, this molecule designed to attach itself to cancer cells and slow their growth” (Green 25).
Hazel is rendered a homebody because of her disease which makes her mother think she is depressed. But even though “depression is a side effect of dying,” she abides by her mother’s wishes to attend support group. This is where she meets Augustus Waters who lost his leg from cancer and is in remission.
They bond over Hazel’s favorite book An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten. The book ended on an interrupted sentence and it is Hazel’s dying wish to meet the author and have her questions about what happened to the other characters. Augustus uses his wish from The Genies to take Hazel to Amsterdam to meet the author.
Both teens are brilliant, witty, and have to deal with experiences that no one should. These teens are not normal teenagers and have a penchant for dramatically perfect speeches. Cancer is heartbreaking and scary, but brings Augustus and Hazel together in The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.