By Dakota.Me.UK, Jan 4 2015 10:00AM
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green, Penguin, 2013
‘The Fault in Our Stars’ tells the story of Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, two teenagers who fall in love. They meet at a cancer support group and both are terminally ill.
Although the novel follows the format of two teenagers falling in love, a technique used countless times before, the huge difference here is that both are seriously ill and will not get better. This adds to the poignancy and urgency of their feelings for each other.
‘The Fault in Our Stars’ goes into detail on both characters suffering with cancer in a way many novels often gloss over. Although it is hard reading, this type of writing about a condition which affects many people globally, is long overdue.
Hazel and Augustus both have different types of cancer, but are able to bond over what they are going through. As they say, the only person who can understand what you are going through is someone who has been through it too.
All the way through, we expect things to turn out a certain way, yet the way events unfolded came as a shock to me and I’m sure many other readers. This mirrors the unpredictability of life, all along we can build up to something, then everything is turned on its head.
This book deals with issues of first love, serious illness, and grief, and it was one of the best books I’ve read recently. Definitely a tear-jerker and I would like to read more writing by John Green.
The book has now been made into a film, which I can’t wait to see.