Reader Review by Emily Hale
John Green’s The Fault in our Stars is a wonderfully empathetic teenage fiction novel, which provides the reader with an eye-opening insight into the worlds of teenage cancer sufferers. The story is told through the first person account of Hazel Green Lancaster, a sufferer of terminal thyroid cancer.
The story is gripping and emotive, yet humorous to counteract the dark topical subject matter, as it follows the lives of three teenagers brought together by a cancer support group; Hazel, Augustus Waters and Isaac - and an author who the two main characters, Hazel and Augustus, long to meet in his home in Amsterdam to unlock the secrets of his novel, which is likewise about cancer.
As is typical of John Green’s books, The Fault in our Stars is full of fascinating, interesting and philosophical quotes taken mostly from other authors and poets, which give John Green’s work some unique aspects.
This book is both emotive and humorous, and a gripping read once you get past the slightly annoying stereotypical “American teenager” idiolect that John Green uses in his novels, none the less it is interesting and shows the views of teenage cancer sufferers very well and uniquely which makes for an interesting read.