It has spawned a much hyped film adaptation and spent a total of two weeks on the New York Times best seller list. Eevee’s resident review, Hassan Khan, gives his verdict on John Green’s latest book, The fault in our stars.
“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in stars but in ourselves”
The Fault In Our Stars is a New York Times bestseller which was published in January 2012. It has been classed in the ‘young adult’ genre and tells the story of 2 young teenagers who fall in love.
Hazel Grace is a sixteen year old girl suffering from cancer and forced to attend support groups by her overzealous parents. When she meets Augustus Waters, an amputee at one of the groups, she is instantly smitten and slowly begins to fall in love with him. As he changes her whole outlook on life, it isn’t long before the two are forced to come to terms with their conditions.
The book follows Hazel’s journey as she explains her condition. Hazel is described as a bright and sarcastic individual full of wit and humour, but always looking at the downside of life and often being pessimistic. This all changes when we are introduced to the character Augustus Waters. Augustus also shares Hazel’s wit and humour however he is described as an optimist who always looks at the bright side of things despite having lost his right leg to osteosarcoma. The relationship between these two is what drives the story and keeps the reader interested as we are told every little detail in fascinating ways, from when they first met, to how their love grew throughout the novel and until the very end.
John Green is a simply magnificent storyteller and his talent really shines in this novel. He tells a beautiful story about love, life, cancer, heartbreak and tragedy. The book has gained rave reviews and is Green’s best work to date. A film adaptation is already underway, and looks set to be released in June.
– The humour. It is mixed in well with emotion as Green balances many delicate themes.
– The dialogue. The way the characters converse is very realistic. It also carries a humorous element, as well as a serious and emotional element when needed
– The use of metaphors. Comparison is superbly done and completely relevant
Eevee’s ‘Meh’ Moments:
– Some may complain it was too short but that’s only because there’s very few cons!
– Too much heartbreak.
Overall, John Green truly delivers a hauntingly beautiful story, not only about young love and illness, but also about the courage and optimism it takes to stand tall and keep fighting.
Verdict: 9/10 – My new favourite novel