Saturday, 28 September 2013

The Fault in our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars.

Author- John Green 
page count- 313
publisher- Dutton Books
publication date- January 10th 2012


 16 year old Hazel Lancaster  suffers from terminal lung cancer. Whilst at a support group Hazel meets Augustus Waters fellow cancer kid, and from there the journey begins...
Augustus and Hazel hit it off from the beginning, the magnetism between them is almost palpable, what I love is how Augustus seems to open Hazel up.

"there are books which you can't tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal"

Despite Hazel saying this, she shares her favourite book "an imperial affliction" with Augustus, who falls in love with it and becomes equally as obsessed.
Augustus' obsession leads him to using his saved wish from 'the genies' to take him and Hazel to Amsterdam to meet the author of the book.
Although Hazel is quite reluctant to develop a relationship with Augusts, she ends up falling for him while on a trip to meet with Peter Van Houten the author of "An Imperial Affliction". Following their trip to Amsterdam you discover that Augustus' Cancer is back, the next few months in the book become increasingly difficult for Hazel and Augustus who are battling with time, self discovery and acceptance.

My opinion

John Green's "The Fault in our Stars" is equally as heart-warming as it is heart-breaking, it's not your typical 'cancer book' it's about more than survival struggle and leaves a lasting imprint on both your heart and mind.
The way that Green conveys his characters is brilliant and you develop an attachment to them immediately, each of them is presented so strongly that you convince yourself that they exist, and that they are out there somewhere living, laughing, crying.
What I love about this book is that it makes you think, while the plot develops and becomes more and more heart-breaking, you begin finding yourself simultaneously crying and thinking about life and death and the in-between. I spent a good part of the book thinking 'GOD HAZEL YOU'RE SO PROFOUND' and 'WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THIS??'.

Word of warning this was me at the end of the book:

Rating:  7/10