Responding to “Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

Part 1:

The book “Fault in Our Stars”  is about the love story of two teenagers with cancer, Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. At first before Hazel meets Augustus, she is always thinking of when she is going to die and she always wants to be a regular healthy person. But afterwards, when they meet at the Cancer Kid Support Group, her life changes. Hazel starts to care about other people more than about her death. Throughout the story she learns that even if you have cancer, you can live happily.

A central theme of this book is enjoy life while you can. A symbol that represents this theme is when Hazel and Augustus go on a trip to Amsterdam for a meeting with an author called Peter Van Houten. Hazel and Augustus were really into a book that Peter Van Houten wrote and they had so many questions that they needed to ask in order to understand the book. They chose to email him many many times that finally one day, he replied and told them that he can only say the secrets about the book in person. So, they organised a date to meet and at the end, Hazel and Grace were able to find out some of the answers. The reason why this scene is a symbol is because they were first worried that their sickness would get worse during the trip but it was what they really wanted to do so they chose to go.

I really enjoyed reading this book because it was interesting to see the change in Hazel’s feelings. It was also enjoyable because in some of the parts in the book, I was able to relate with the characters feelings and thoughts. What I thought was a good technique for writing is leaving spaces between each action. I think this because it makes the readers want to read more quickly and it makes us curious of what is happening in between the blank spaces of the text.

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Green, John. “The Fault in Our Stars Hardcover – January 10, 2012.” The Fault in Our Stars: John Green: 9780525478812: Books. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2014.


  1. 19spencerh · November 17, 2014 at 2:53 am ·

    I’ve read this book too I mean so many people have and it’s a really good book. It is a very positive and happy story but yet super sad and depressing. This book ‘really’ does tell you a lesson the you can do what you want to do in life and you only live once so while your young do all the things you can and want to. Especially if you’re young and dying you’d rather make the best of it have the best life you can instead of sitting in bed. The part that they are together really matters if they were all alone their lives would have been very different.

  2. Lisa · November 17, 2014 at 3:03 am ·

    I love the theme you inferred; it was very heart warming. You explained one symbol very clearly, and connecting it with your theme, which was very effective and understandable.

  3. Andrew Hutton · November 18, 2014 at 7:05 am ·

    Clear and developed synopsis and relevant theme. You have mentioned events of the book, however these are not really ‘symbols’. Symbols are more concrete objects that represent abstract ideas. Still, you have illustrated well how events of novels also contribute to the theme.