Genre: Coming-of-Age, Realistic Fiction
Key Stage: 3/4 (14+)
Reviewer: Mr Hussain
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green (2012)
Plot: A narrative of a teenage girl with thyroid cancer who meets a young amputee at a support group, falls in love, then seeks a thrilling adventure with him and makes the most out of her life.
Positives: Heart-warming and captivating from the start, this novel really is a definite must read. With Hollywood (and now Bollywood too!) movies based on this story, it’s very easy to think “Oh, I will watch the film instead” but the books beautifully covers themes of illness, challenge and romance in a sweet blend of magical and sorrowful realism that the film fails to capture. The characters are very strong and likeable from the beginning and contribute hugely towards the great reading journey.
Negatives: At points I wanted to hear what Augustus had to say about his views and more on his lifestyle and perspective. As it does trickle in later, it does slowly reveal the enigma of Augustus but I did want to hear from him more and sooner.
If you like this, you might like:Paper Townsby John Green, Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.