The popularity of any book is determined by how well the story line and characters connect to an audience. In some cases, books, though popular for a few years, eventually fade into the background while others remain well-received year after year. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is one such example of a novel that I believe will remain relevant for many years to come.
Although this novel is considered young adult fiction, this should not mean that it has any less importance when compared to other famous works of literature; any book can have merit if it evokes powerful or personal feelings for the reader. In essence, the more relatable and honest the story, the more likely it is that the book will become a classic read for years and years.
The relatable traits of the characters and bursts of humor in The Fault in Our Stars cause readers to sympathize with the characters and realize that we are not alone in the problems and tragedies that we face in life. Green does this by adding humor and cleverness to the story even in tense or sad situations; this makes the book all the more relatable.
The plot’s honesty also helps to immerse the reader in the words, feelings and actions of the characters and has readers laughing one moment and bawling the next; the story remains undoubtedly real and true.
Green maintains elegant language throughout The Fault in Our Stars, yet he repeatedly catches readers off guard when he adds in pieces of humor; his sentences are phrased in a way that causes readers to laugh out loud. Every sentence seems carefully constructed; Green writes in a way that shows the characters to be real and true, and one cannot help but grow attached to them and connect on an emotional level.
The characters in this book are incredibly human. In many novels, the characters are too perfect and readers cannot connect with them because those characters are not true to life. A truly honest character not only learns to solve his or her conflicts, but also expresses strong and powerful emotions throughout the story that the readers should be able to feel as well. Green portrays Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters as anything but perfect, and this is what makes them truly dazzling. They both have their own internal conflicts and dilemmas that prove proper character development is more than simply solving a problem; the human mind is not something easily reciprocated onto a blank page, but Green does it flawlessly.
The characterization, plotline and writing style in this novel entice readers to embark on an emotional journey that teaches that novels can cause one to feel something truly profound: a connection; the characters’ realistic personalities do just that. Many times one will have read a book and not experienced anything by the end of it, but in this story, readers will have read a book that touched their hearts in a way that few have ever done before, making The Fault in Our Stars a story that will be with us for many years to come.