Going to TFIOS? Bring Tissues

Frankie Wilson, Staff Writer

Author John Green published The Fault in Our Stars, or TFIOS to its fans, June 2012, and since then, it has become a smash hit, reaching no. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller list for seven consecutive weeks. The love story was picked up for movie adaptation by 20th Century Fox and directed by Josh Boone. TFIOS was released, amid much publicity, June 6th.

One of the two main characters is Hazel Grace Lancaster, played by Shailene Woodley. Hazel is a 16 year old thyroid cancer patient.  Because of cancer, her lungs are very weak and occasionally fill up with fluid, making it very difficult for her breathe. This requires her to wear oxygen and lug around her oxygen tank everywhere she goes.

Hazel’s parents, concerned that she is depressed and does not have enough friends, force her to attend a support group for cancer patients. That is where she meets her soon-to-be love, Augustus Waters, played by Ansel Elgort.

Augustus is a osteosarcoma cancer survivor in remission. Augustus gets Hazel’s attention by staring at her during the support group discussion, all the while with a silly grin on his face. He makes a statement during the group discussion about how he wants to be remembered by the world and that he fears oblivion, which Hazel then openly disagrees with.

After the meeting they end up talking, and eventually they fall in love, described by Hazel “Like falling asleep, slowly at first, but then all at once.”

I will not spoil the ending for you, but be prepared: it is a tearjerker.

As a whole, The Fault in Our Stars is beautiful love story about a young man sees the true beauty inside and out of a young dying girl.

I loved the book, and when I heard about the movie, I was a little worried that it might not live up to my expectations. I was very pleased to find out that the movie did follow the book very well. Boone did a great job casting: Woodley, Elgort, and the rest of the characters were perfectly matched to their roles and exactly how I imagined them when I was reading. Overall, the cast’s performance was very impressive and I left the theater very satisfied. I really have nothing to say negatively about the film, expect that it had me sobbing my eyes out in the theater multiple times.

But hey, who doesn’t love a good cry?


4.5/5 stars