The Fault in our Stars tells the story of a 16-year-old girl called Hazel who has cancer. While attending a support group in a local church, she meets a handsome boy called Augustus Waters and her story begins to change. This is one of my favourite books of all time as it is not your typical love story. Although classified as Young Adult fiction, it’s a novel that I think is important for everyone to read as it puts your own life into perspective. Another point about this book which is important is that the characters are portrayed as real teenagers with their own interests and not as their illness, which many books and films tend to do with the subject of cancer.
Once you read The Fault in Our Stars you will continue to think about it for months as it poses many different questions about life and death. Some parts are extremely emotional but there’s a lot of humour in between, which makes reading this book rather like a rollercoaster ride. Recently a film adaptation was released and those who love the novel will also love the film, which is sad and inspiring – and a very true portrayal of the book.
Review by Megan Hughes-Gage, age 15