The Fault in Our Stars Frenzy


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“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once,”  is a quote from The Fault in Our Stars by the talented author John Green.  It can also describe how I feel about this amazing novel and the release of the movie which debuted in theaters on June 6.

The Fault in Our Stars is from the point of view of a teenage girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster whose life has developed into frequent hospital visits and routine schedules since she had been diagnosed with cancer at a young age.

Her life completely changes when she meets Augustus Waters, a boy intelligent like herself and incredibly caring.  Together they create a bond that is “far more romantic than any sunset on the beach,” according to New York Times Book Review.

The film adaptation, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, has sparked excitement among the fans, including the students at C.B. South.

Shannon Kiss, sophomore, said, “I loved the book, and hope the movie will be just as good.  It will be interesting to see how they turned it into a movie.”

Erin Walsh, junior, agreed. “I am definitely going to see it when it hits theaters.”

The story of Hazel and Augustus is filled with life lessons and discusses topics such as fear, oblivion, love, and even debatable topics like why having scrambled eggs as part of a meal automatically makes it associated with breakfast.

“The book has so many different meanings to different people,” Junior Amanda Forman said, predicting that “the movie is going to have the same effect.”

Shailene Woodley, the lead role as Hazel, is known for being Tris in Divergent this year and has also been previously seen in the ABC Family television show, The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

The role of Augustus Waters is played by Ansel Elgort who is a fairly new actor.  He has been in the recent remake of the horror movie Carrie, and played the role of Tris’s brother Caleb in Divergent.

John Green also had a role in the making of The Fault in Our Stars film adaptation.  He was on the set, which was partly filmed in Pittsburgh and Amsterdam, and has also kept the fans updated on the film through his YouTube channel videos.

Jamilee Hoffman, sophomore, says, “I’m so happy that John Green got to be on the sidelines while the movie was filmed.  I love seeing books come to life.”