A little over two years ago, I was anxiously waiting on the security line at Orlando International Airport, hoping that I would have the chance to stop by the Borders before my flight. Normally I’d have a book with me, but this was a special occasion. The Fault in Our Stars, the newest book by John Green, was hitting the shelves nationwide.
During that time I was still getting familiar with Green both as an author and as a Youtube star. I had read two of his previous books (including the infamous Looking for Alaska) and watched a good handful of Nerdfighter videos. Even though I wasn’t the superfan I am now (I have since read all of Green’s books and caught up on YouTube), the moment I had The Fault in Our Stars in my hands, I knew it was something special.
It didn’t take me long to finish the book (less than a week, who’s counting?), but when I did I was just in awe of how beautiful the story was. I remember wiping my tears away, thinking of the many people in my life who would appreciate this very special book. I never thought in a million years then these people would soon recognize it as the new teen movie featuring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Esgort. If anything, I thought Looking For Alaska or Paper Towns would be the first to make an on screen appearance.
But I wasn’t totally surprised that The Fault in Our Stars took center stage. This is a very powerful story about how falling in love can change a person’s life. Yes, part of the heaviness is because the two protagonists Hazel and Augustus are teen cancer patients, but that is so easily overshadowed when you’re reading about their romance. It still amazes me how Green painted them with so much intuitiveness about love, life, grief, and death, while still managing to retain some of the emotions that accompany teenage relationships.
However, the fact that Hazel and Augustus are teenagers is also what made this story a little hard to believe. They got away with so much delinquency that it felt like they were two adults the majority of the time. Don’t get me wrong, this is very typical for YA culture. But I can see this being a reason why the film and it’s hype is garnering so many comparisons to Twilight instead of a darker YA book/film like The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Regardless, I loved this book so much and I firmly believe the film will meet my expectations. It’s hard to say whether they will exceed them, but I guess I’ll find out when I see the movie tonight. If you’re going to see the movie tonight as well, don’t forget to pack your tissues and make sure to check out Pop-Break.com this weekend for my thoughts on the film.
As the Assignment Editor, Lauren Stern is responsible for curating Pop-Break.com’s content. This includes managing the editorial staff, coordinating the content calendar, and assigning publishing dates and deadlines. She graduated Rutgers University with a degree in Journalism and Philosophy. She spends her free time searching for the best gluten-free food in the Tri-State area, playing with her dogs, and reading an insane amount of books. She tweets constantly about pop culture and social issues and hopes you follow her musings @laurenpstern.