The Fault in Our Starts Critique Essay

1122 Words May 15th, 2014 5 Pages
The Fault in Our Stars John Green’s novel, The Fault in Our Stars will show you that there is more than one way to read a sad story. The 16-year-old narrator, Hazel, believes that when it comes to telling sad stories, “You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice.” (209). John Green shows the funny way to tell a sad story through the humorous, sarcastic tone while talking about something as severe and upsetting as cancer . This book will have you laughing and crying by the time you reach the end, it is certainly a book worth reading.
Hazel Grace Lancaster, the 16 year old cancer sufferer, protagonist and narrator, lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she is forced by her
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The author deciding on this style also allows him to be able to emotionally affect the reader without using a complex word choice. Through dialogue, Green is also able to make the regular conversation between teenagers relatable, with the use of sarcasm. Hazel and Augustus share a mutual friend, Isaac, who has been suffering from cancer, his treatments cause him to lose his eyesight. After the surgery, Hazel asks Augustus how Isaac is doing, Augustus sarcastically responds with “I mean, he’s blind. So that’s unfortunate.” (73). This type of sarcastic response is very similar to one a teenager might say, creating these characters have a connection with a young reader, due to the reader’s understanding of the character. Conversations using these elements create a believable relationship in the reader’s mind. John Green uses intense themes, such as death, which causes the reader to stop and think about what the author’s point really is. Throughout the novel, it is shown to the reader just how important it is to realize that even if you don’t have a long life ahead of you, you are alive now and that is what is important. Through the first person point of view the story is told in, the reader is able to go in Hazel’s mind and understand her thoughts on death, more

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