The Fault in Our Stars
There is a phenomenal following for this book – and there is certainly a reason why. It is absolutely beautiful. It is aimed at young adults – but older adults should read it too. While it’s not a difficult read, it’s well worth reading. The book is centred around a young girl named Hazel, who has lived with cancer since she was 13. She is forced, in what she always assumes are her dying days to attend a horrendous support group, where she meets Augustus Waters, whom she tries her very best, yet very unsuccessfully, not to get to know, because she feels she is her illness. That could be the recipe for an awfully clichéd storyline, but John Green delivers a book that is pure amazement. Cancer patients in stories are often romanticised as perfect humans, or as Green puts it “An inspiration-to-us-all”. But in The Fault in Our Stars the characters are real – they have ups and downs, quirks and serious flaws and react to their deadly illnesses in all the ways you would expect of a real person. It is a sad story – many main characters meet through a ridiculous over the top support group for young people with cancer, and there are only so many paths that can take. The Fault in Our Stars is one of those books that once you pick it up, you will not put it down until it is done. And you will cry. And if that doesn’t sound appealing to you, you should read it anyway. Because “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” Okay?
~ Darcie Rae