By Sarah Beningfield
This novel is not a happy one. It will make you cry, no matter how devoid of emotion you may be, you will cry. However, you will also love it. This book is easy to love.
John Green has steadily gained a reputation for writing novels with emotional subject matter that create a strong response from readers. This seems to be the reason that he has recently become somewhat famous, with his popularity growing at an alarming rate.
The Fault in Our Stars is primarily a story about the epic romance between Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters. There is a subplot (which is pretty important) that revolves around the fact that both Hazel and Augustus have or have had cancer. Hazel has terminal lung cancer, which means that she is perpetually connected to an oxygen concentrator, which helps her to breathe. At the start of the novel she meets Augustus in a Cancer Support group. Augustus is in remission and he is at the group meeting to support their mutual friend Isaac, who has already lost one eye to cancer and is soon to lose his other one.
The romantic feelings between Hazel and Augustus become apparent after a conversation about a book that Hazel has become obsessed with, called An Imperial Affliction. The two teenagers spend a lot of time discussing the frustrating end to this novel and musing over what happened after the final page. They soon discover that the author, Peter Van Houten, now lives in Amsterdam. Augustus surprises Hazel and her mom by organising a trip to Amsterdam; he does this so that the steadily worsening Hazel can meet her idol.
The trip does not go exactly as planned but every moment is beautiful to read. It is a heart-breaking romantic tale that pulls in the reader, and causes them to become completely emotionally invested in each character and the events that affect their lives. The story is truly sad, but there is no doubt that it is worth reading, and it has the power to stay with you for a long time.
A memorable quote from the novel: “Because you are beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence.”
Readers who would enjoy this: Anyone who is not afraid to get emotionally invested in a book. It is suitable for any age group, and any gender, although women tend to be the higher majority in the fan base.
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Other books beginning with ‘F’:
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
Fishing for Tigers – Emily Maguire