Having read John Green’s best-seller, I expected to sob while watching the film adaption of his book, The Fault In our Stars. I was not disappointed. Viewers should prepare themselves for a heartbreaking but romantic tale that strives to prove that we live in an unjust universe while posing the question, “What’s the point?”
Teen Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) is diagnosed with Stage 4 thyroid cancer, which forces her to wear breathing tubes in her nose and cart around an oxygen tank. She survives due to an experimental drug, but her illness has given her a nihilistic outlook on life. In contrast, teen Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) fears oblivion. He wishes to be a great man, one who is remembered by everyone forever. Though he lost a leg to cancer, he is now in remission and determined to achieve his goal. And once he and Hazel meet, it is love at first sight.