The Fault in our Stars by John Green
This is another book that stalked me on my kindle, and I finally downloaded it. It started off pretty well, with 16 year old Hazel Grace wheeling her oxygen tank behind her into a cancer support group meeting and bumping into Augustus Waters, who is remission from his cancer. Somewhere along the way, they fall in love.
The dialogues in the book are far more mature than other ‘teen’ books, and reflect the maturity kids come into when facing terminal cancer, and how they become wiser beyond their years. Cancer is just the underlying connection that brings these two characters together, but it’s their evolving friendship, maturing relationship, the things they go out of their way to do for each other, going after their dreams, their thoughts and feelings that form the basis of the novel.
“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.’ – Cassius
At some point, the story dragged for me. At some point it felt a little too pushed, but then I am not the target audience of the book. If you are a teenager or a mother of a teenager, this is a recommended book. If you are in your late 20s upwards, and you read voraciously, this is not a book you will sink your teeth into. Watch the movie I would say.