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The fault in Our Stars
by John Green

Author: John Green
RRP: £7.99

The story takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana, where sixteen-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster reluctantly attends a cancer patients' support group at her mother's behest. Because of her cancer, she uses a portable oxygen tank to breathe adequately. In one of the meetings she catches the eye of a teenage boy, and through the course of the meeting she learns the boy's name is Augustus Waters. He's there to support their mutual friend, Isaac. Isaac had a tumor in one eye that he had removed, and now he has to have his other eye taken out as well. He invites Hazel to his house, the two discuss their experiences with cancer;  Hazel reveals she has thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs while  Augustus had osteosarcoma, but he is now cancer-free after having his leg amputated. Before Augustus takes Hazel home, they agree to read each other's favorite novels. Augustus gives Hazel The Price of Dawn, and Hazel recommends An Imperial Affliction.

Hazel explains the magnificence of An Imperial Affliction and she speculates about the novel's mysterious author, Peter Van Houten, who fled to Amsterdam after the novel was published and hasn't been heard from since. After reading the book,Augustus miraculously reveals he tracked down Van Houten's assistant, Lidewij, and through her he's managed to start an email correspondence with the reclusive author. He shares Van Houten's letter with Hazel, and she devises a list of questions to send Van Houten, hoping to clear up the novel's ambiguous conclusion.  They grow closer to each other as they try to find out about what happens but with them both being ticking time bombs they know nothing can last forever.

The novel makes you realise how tragic it is with someone who is terminally ill. It makes you laugh and it makes you cry. John Green is an amazing author and the fault in our stars is a great book but I can definitely say there will be tears. It is a real life story and it does admit the harsh reality of things.

Overall definitely read this book, it makes you realise how lucky you really are.

Emilia Ashton (14)