New novel is instant classic

Hannah Scroggs

John Green’s #1 New York Time’s Bestseller, “The Fault in Our Stars” is an amazing and moving book. I recently opened up my first edition autographed copy for a re-read and was quickly reminded why this is one of my favorites.

Despite being published in January 2012, this book hasn’t stopped winning awards, the most notable being #1 Wall Street Journal fiction list, #1 Children’s Indiebound Pick, New York Times Editor’s Choice as well as TIME Magazine #1 Fiction Book of 2012.

The story starts with a teenage girl named Hazel Lancaster, who has terminal cancer, and though an experimental drug miraculously shrunk her tumor, she still only has a few years left. Then she meets the handsome and intriguing Augustus Waters at a cancer support group of all places. The two young adults find comfort, friendship, and something more in each other’s presence as they both stumble through the hardships of cancer no youth should have to face.

With a storyline like that, one might think it’s a sad story, but it is so much more than that. To quote the author, this book should make readers “feel all the things!” and it most definitely does. This book makes its readers laugh, cry, feel joyful, feel frustrated and like all good books at the end, wish it wasn’t over.

Luckily, it doesn’t have to be over yet. This novel is currently filming its movie adaptation. “The Fault in Our Stars,” starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem DaFoe and directed by Josh Boone is set to premiere on the big screen in 2014.