Friday, 3 April 2015

The Fault in Our Stars - Book Review

Title - The Fault in Our Stars
Author - John Green
Genre - Young adult, contemporary
Source - Bought from Amazon
Rating - 5/5★

There was so much hype about this book, especially when the film adaptation was released  and I have to admit I wasn't sure what to expect. Of course after all hearing all the reviews and hype on booktube I had to jump on the waggon with this one, and it certainly was not a let down!!

Hazel Grace is 16 and has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Her mother wants her to attend a support group which Hazel doesn't want to go to. To keep her mum happy she goes and this is where she meets Augustus who has just had the all clear from osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. This is where the roller coaster of emotions begins. Romance, sadness, humour just to name a few and let me tell you, as a reader, you will feel like you are there with them. 

Both Hazel and Augustus embark on adventure to Amsterdam to meet the author of their favourite book, An Imperial Affliction. The authors name is Peter Van Houten and he isn't exactly what the fact he is far from it. During this trip Hazel has many struggles with her breathing which is to be expected. She becomes very close to Augustus in more ways than one, but her world is torn apart when Augustus reveals some devastating news. Where do they go from here? Please don't let this be true. Those were just a couple of thoughts I had when this tragic turn of events was revealed. 

This novel is very hard hitting but allows the reader to see what teenagers living with cancer must be feeling and how their families cope too. It is not an easy subject to approach but John Green done this with true class. Keeping some humour in the novel made it much easier to read. 

I want to keep this as spoiler free as possible. I cannot recommend this book enough. If you like a book that makes you happy and sad, laugh and cry then this is a goer. You will not be let down. John Green managed to capture my heart, rip it to shreds then almost mend it again, gaining a 5★ review from me over on Good Reads. 

BookishReadables aka Claire :)

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