Battling cancer at the age of 16 is not easy, but Hazel copes in unusual ways like indulging her wild sense of humor. She really does not look forward to her weekly Cancer Support Group meetings with other young patients, not until Augustus Waters comes along. Being alive and being in love are most important to Hazel and Gus. They have to deal with cancer, doctors, and hovering parents, but they care far more about each other.
In the novel, Hazel says, “cancer books suck.” The Fault in Our Stars isn’t a cancer book. It is a book about unusual teenagers whose daily challenges and adventures are more engaging and funnier than vampires, werewolves, vicious robots, or flying dragons.