Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Review on 'The Fault in Our Stars'

"It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.”

Hazel Grace wants nothing more than the ability to be a normal teenager. However, being diagnosed with cancer at the age of thirteen changed her life forever. Although the cancer is kept at bay with a drug called Phalanxifor, her life is constantly at risk. As Hazel needs to be constantly hooked up to an oxygen tank, this makes it difficult for her to do normal day to day activities. Hazel is depressed about her situation, that is until she meets Augustus Waters, a gorgeous boy who she meets at cancer support group. As Augustus was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at a young age, causing him to loose his right leg, Hazel finally has someone in her life who understands her. However, Hazel discovers that not all is as it seems, and her relationship with this perfect boy may be in jeopardy.

As I’d heard many positive reviews about this book,and consider myself a nerd fighter,  I decided to give it a go. John Green does not disappoint, as I instantly loved this novel and connected with the characters of Hazel and Augustus. The novel had me both laughing and sobbing, and I felt great empathy for these characters. Green brings Hazel and Augustus to life, showing a variety of emotions from humour to pain. Although the book is centered around teenagers, they seem advanced for their age, knowing that life is never perfect. I think that adults as well as teenagers would enjoy this book, and I highly recommend it to anyone. As long as you are ok with having your heart ripped out towards the conclusion, you should definitely read this book. In other words, it will be a privilege to have your heart broken by it.