The Fault In Our Stars first trailer is out and it is creating a lot of buzz online, but for one 13-year-old fan, the story hits very close to home and she decided to share her thoughts in a video.
The movie is based on the best-selling book of the same name by John Green — which came out in January of 2012 — and stars Shailene Woodley as Hazel, a girl who meets a guy, Gus (Ansel Elgot), in a cancer support group for teens.
On Wednesday the trailer for The Fault In Our Stars was posted online and by Thursday, the novel was on top of the charts in Amazon’s best seller’s list. Green’s book is also the number one New York Times best selling book.
It is not far fetched to link the two and conclude that the upcoming release of the film and the brand new trailer have given Green a boost in sales.
Naomi Horn, a 13-year-old fan of the book — whose mother suffers from cancer — decided to share a video of her reaction to The Fault In Our Stars’ new trailer.
— Xeni Jardin (@xeni) January 30, 2014
On the website Boingboing.net, journalist Xeni Jardin — who has battled breast cancer since 2011 — and hosts and produces Boing Boing’s in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines, shares Naomi’s story.
Both, Naomi’s mom — who is in the same support group as Jardin — and her uncle died of cancer, so he story in the novel is very close to her heart. The 13-year-old says in her video:
“Last night, I spent about a half hour crying. It was what should have been my uncle’s 43rd birthday, so my family had remembrance stuff all over Facebook. As I was reading through old memorial pages, I started feeling guilty that I hadn’t gotten to know him as I should have.”
“My uncle Jeremy Paster died about seven and a half years ago from prostate cancer when I was seven years old. I was too young to have many clear memories of him when he wasn’t sick, so I have no way of knowing him anymore.”
Naomi goes on to say that two years after her uncle died, her mom was diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer at 38-years-old.
“Luckily, she’s been cancer-free for five years, but it was hard for my family to go through that again.” Naomi adds.
“Naomi’s mom is, like me, out of the horror of basic treatment, but cancer remains part of her life. Jeremy was an activist for peace, justice, and the environment, and from what Naomi and her mom have told me about him, he was totally one of us. Weird and proud. And trying to live a beautiful life for as long as possible.”
The Fault In Our Stars is directed by Josh Boone (Stuck In Love) and comes out June 6.