THE FAULT IN OUR STARS BY JOHN GREEN
The story is narrated by a sixteen year old Hazel Grace, who is a cancer patient and forced by her parents to attend a support group in the “Literal Heart of Jesus”. There she meets seventeen year old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player, as well as an amputee.
They bond instantly and agree to read each other’s favorite novels. Augustus gives Hazel The Price of Dawn, and Hazel hands over An Imperial Affliction, a novel written by Peter Van Houten about a cancer-stricken girl named Anna that parallels Hazel’s own experience. After Augustus finishes reading her book, he is frustrated because the novel ends abruptly and he wants closure. Hazel explains the novel’s author has been off the radar and can’t be contacted.
A week had pasted and Augustus revealed to Hazel that he has tracked down Van Houten’s assistant, Lidewij, and, through her, has managed to start an e-mail correspondence with Van Houten. They both wrote to Van Houten questions regarding the novel’s ending and the fate of a few characters. Van Houten replied at last, explaining that he can only answer Hazel’s questions in person. At a picnic, Augustus surprises Hazel with tickets to Amsterdam to meet Van Houten and so the adventure begins. Continue reading