The novel “The Fault In Our Stars” written by John Green tells the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a sixteen year old girl who can’t remember a day when she wasn’t battling cancer. Her boring and repetitive life gets flipped around when she meets Augustus Waters, a strong, confidant, ex basketball player, who is also a cancer survivor and amputee. The two connect through a cancer support group and become inseparable ever since. Their bittersweet love story reveals many interesting themes that can reflect back to society as a whole.

At the beginning of the text, Hazel Grace’s life consisted of doctors appointments, taking medications and attending support groups. Depressed and lonely, Hazel was hardly living, until she met Augustus. Together, they made the most of the short time the couple had left, travelling to Amsterdam, going on picnics and living their unpredictable lives to the full. The stories objective is to show the reader that no matter what type of situation you are in, you need to make the most of every second, have a positive perspective on life and look at the glass as half full. Some themes presented in this text are love and support during unbearable times, family and friends, staying optimistic and being different and the reality of living with terminal cancer.

This text relates back to the world by showing the reader that you need to live everyday like its your last, just like it was for Hazel and Augustus. Everyday all around the world, people are glued to their electronic devices, unaware of their surroundings and what’s happening around them. Society misses out on so much while they sit behind their phones, ipads and laptops, children and teenagers most commonly falling victim to the temptation. The story of Hazel and Augustus teach us that we should make the most of the time we have left, because we don’t know how long that will be. If you died tomorrow would you have wanted your last moments to have been wasting time on electronics?

Personally, i am guilty of spending a lot of time on my phone. On some sunny days when i should be out enjoying the outside air and spending time with my friends and family, i am often watching television. Unfortunately, this is the sad reality that many people my age face, we take the small things we have for granted. This novel has taught me that i need to make the most of every second because i don’t know when it will be my last.

I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in romantic novels as it is one that is hard to forget. The heartbreaking story of Hazel and Augustus show the advantages and disadvantages of being a cancer patient.  

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