John Green’s young adult novel, The Fault in Our Stars, is basically a story about teens battling cancer. The elements of a love story come to the front when Hazel and Augustus fall in love after meeting up in a Support Group for cancer patients. Both of them are super intelligent and highly loquacious (as most of John Green’s teens appear to be), so we’re privy to a lot of philosophical jargon and literary quotes throughout the story.
Hazel is a sweet kid who hates being singled out because of her cancer, but her disease is fundamentally her parents’ raison d’être (typical of most parents), and because of her special needs, her social, and possibly her emotional, freedoms are compromised.
This story is not for the faint of heart. All aspects of the story revolve around the terrible ravages of the disease, and at some point the tone is almost unbearable. No one wants to witness pain and despair, especially in children; so be prepared .