The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
“Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.”
As the #1 New York Times Bestseller, The Fault in Our Stars
by award-winning author John Green is electrifyingly devastating, and its story resonates deeply among young adults today. Protagonist Hazel Grace Lancaster is a teenager who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Thyroid cancer with metastasis forming in her lungs. Yet despite her life’s verdict, she manages to live her life through trailing an experimental (made-up in real life) drug called Phalanxifor.
As is the answer for most teenagers suffering with the big C, her parents encourage her to attend a weekly support group, with her friend Isaac, in what is known as ‘the Literal Heart of Jesus’. It is here that her life is redrafted.
Introducing Augustus Waters, long and leanly muscular with mahogany hair. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma which ultimately resulted in his leg being amputated. Augustus is NEC for the previous 14 months when he first meets Hazel Grace. He lives his short life metaphorically and his favourite being his love of not smoking: “You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.” And whilst Hazel is the main character, it is somewhat Augustus’ story that is the most devastating.
Among romances and fall outs, family tension and heartbreak and all the innocence of being a teenager, The Fault in Our Stars will stay with you. Its ending is one at which – without giving it away too much – you realise yourself the deepening sense of infinities. You become familiar with the feeling of the unknown; not knowing or ever finding out how your life will develop.
We highly recommend reading this one. Or alternatively The Fault in Our Stars,
directed by Josh Boone, is currently showing in local Dubai cinemas.
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