Casting Call- The Fault in Our Stars

Welcome to our new feature, Casting Call, hosted along with my good friends at Gone Pecan, The Book Addict’s Guide, The Grown Up YA and Teen Lit Rocks.

Each week we’ll be dream casting some of our favorite books and blogging about it. We’ve divided up our favs characters and to see the whole cast you’ll have to visit each site (we won’t bite, I swear).

Our book this week isThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green  Have you read this book?  If not guuuurl, get on it. It is wonderfully sad and beautiful and funny and romantic and yes, you will absolutely cry, but it is sweet and somehow uplifting all while being tragic and still managing to make you smile and wish you could be someone’s Hazel (or make you happy that you are someone’s Hazel). Read. It. Please.

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind. (Goodreads)

My casting choices this week are Hazel Grace and Isaac, best friend to Augustus and fellow member of the cancer support group.

Hazel Grace

Sara Hyland as Hazel

Hazel is bright and witty, she’s sarcastic and somehow still hopeful.  She manages to live even though she accepts that she’s dying. She worries about her parents, about their future without her and she, despite her initial plans to keep to herself, falls in love with a boy named Augustus, a boy who is in some ways her opposite.  I truly fell in love with this character from the first pages of the book. Hazel is a girl who is impossible to forget.

There’s just something about Sara Hyland that reminds me of Hazel. I’m not sure if it’s the deep, expressive eyes or the roundness in her face, but after considering many actresses (this is serious business, I’m telling you), she was the one who stood out.


Lucas Till as Isaac

I love Isaac. He’s best friend to Augustus and eventually becomes a dear friend to Hazel as well. He has a tough road, paved with pain and the consequences of his own cancer battle. Eventually, he loses his eyes along with his girlfriend, and though it’s not a simple transition for him, he’s still Isaac–cracking jokes with Gus, playing video games, and getting it. Getting the battle that few kids their age understand. Lucas Till fits the bill here.

Please be sure to check out my other blog friends and tell us what you think.  We would LOVE to hear your thoughts and your dream cast ideas!

Gone Pecan

The Book Addict’s Guide

The Grown Up YA

Teen Lit Rocks 


Happy Friday!

10 thoughts on “Casting Call- The Fault in Our Stars

  1. Huzzah! I love Sarah Hyland; she’s so cute and I think she’s got some potential to take on Hazel. And Lucas Till… I really haven’t seen anything he’s in, but I trust you and everyone else that he’d make a great Isaac!

    • Excuse me, you haven’t seen The Spy Next Door? Lucas Till was an awesome Russian spy in that cinematic gem. And I know this because my kids make me watch that movie all the time. Also, he was in X-Men First Class, which you need to watch for the sake of James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. Oh yes. Both. In one movie.

  2. I’ve only ever seen Sarah Hyland in Modern Family where she plays a ditzy character… would love to see if she has the chops to play someone with the wit and poise of Hazel, because she definitely has the right looks. And Lucas Till has the hair (in that photo anyways) I imagined on Isaac, so I guess he’s perfect!

  3. I’ve only seen Sarah Hyland and Geek Charming, but that doesn’t mean she can only do the ditzy daughter or princessy teen role. I would love to see her branch out and do a drama. Physically, she’s a pitch-perfect choice. And yay for Lucas Till, his floppy hair and his general Isaac-ness. Glad Diana brought that detail to our attention.

  4. I love these choices! I agree with Brittany that you guys did a great job this week! I would also love to see Sarah Hyland try a drama. I am not familiar with Lucas Till, but he looks the part. Great job!

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