The Fault In Our Stars By John Green!
John Green, author of The Fault In Our Stars, is famous for his young adult novels which depict incredibly genuine characters that feel so real to readers. Each of the four books Green has written on his own have won awards.
The Fault in Our Stars, his most recent book, is the most critically acclaimed of the four, with rave reviews from Time, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, NPR and USA Today.
The novel is about a 16 year old girl named Hazel who is struggling with a diagnosis of terminal cancer. She sometimes grudgingly attends a support group where other cancer patients and survivors meet up to talk every week.
When Hazel attends one session at her mother's request, her good friend Isaac introduces her to a boy named Augustus Waters. Gus is a 17-year-old cancer survivor with a prosthetic leg he received after a life-saving surgery.
Immediately, the two are playful toward each other. They tease, talk about their favorite books and discuss their unique experiences with cancer, but Hazel isn't sure what she thinks of him at first.
As the two spend more time with each other, Hazel comes to terms with the fact that she is falling for him. Her cancer stands in the way of accepting this fact. Whether it's in a week or in six years, she knows she will eventually lose the battle. Hazel doesn't want to hurt Gus by getting too close to him.
The Fault In Our Stars is a story of romance and struggle, in which two teenagers in love who have beaten the odds time and time again try to live life the fullest.
The novel also walks a delicate balance between comedic moments and tragic ones. It's just one of the many elements that make this book feel so real and relatable.
People who enjoyed other John Green books and Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower will most likely love The Fault In Our Stars!
However, as the book does deal heavily with the topic of death, it may not be wholly appropriate for younger readers.
The novel has been such a success that a film adaptation directed by Josh Boone is set to hit the big screen on June 6th of next year. The film will star Shailene Woodley as Hazel, Ansel Elgort as Augustus and Nat Wolff as Isaac. We absolutely can't wait!
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