“The Fault in Our Stars”: Another Substandard Story


By Ivana Kosir

Girl with cancer falls in love with a boy with cancer. One of them dies, and the other is left heartbroken.

How original.

By the way my peers praised John Green‘s “The Fault in Our Stars,” I thought it’d be drop-dead, cry-your-eyes-out, unforgettably amazing. I was seriously disappointed.

The plot wasn’t unique at all. It followed every other cancer love story, like “A Walk to Remember.” It’s a love story between two people who have no future together. It’s about the struggle with cancer and the happiness that can be found in life, regardless of how long it lasts.

I’d be more comfortable with the bland story line if the characters were a bit interesting, but they were too cliché. As soon as Augustus Waters is introduced, I rolled my eyes, hoping there is more to him than the whipped hot boy he is. I’ll save you time- there isn’t. Sure, he is a nice guy and all, but coming across a Prince Charming like him almost never happens in real life. This makes it so much harder to take the story seriously.

Getting bored with the characters and plot, I attempted to approach the book analytically. I shouldn’t be too surprised, but there was nothing to analyze. Everything that could have been analyzed, or any symbols within the story, were extremely obvious or blatantly told (Augustus’ cigarette habits.) While I doubt I picked up on every symbol or metaphor, it was boring to read a book where everything was pre-explained.

I fell asleep twice while trying to read “TFIOS,” but I will admit that I got choked up at the predictable ending. While the story isn’t original, it is still a classic story that everyone falls in love with over and over again. It’s a cute story–I’m glad I read it,– but if you’re looking for a somewhat challenging or different perspective on the traditional cancer and love story, pass this one right up.