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Reviewer: Sophia, Year 9D, The British School of Beijing
Book: The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Category: Mature Readers (Grades 9-12)
Sophia writes: “The book revolves around a 16-year old girl named Hazel, who had been suffering from lung cancer from the age of 13. She does not think her life is happy. She is forced by her parents to go into a support group, which they think will help her deal with her sickness.
In the group, she meets a boy named Augustus. They quickly become friends and soon are dating. Life seems great, and is made even better by their flight to Amsterdam together to meet their favorite author, who turns out to be the opposite of what they expected. Hazel could not feel more happy. But their lives are soon to be turned upside down by an unexpected scan that will show terrible results.
This book is a tear-jerker, a love story, and a tragedy all in one. I absolutely loved this book. I felt sorry for Hazel and happy for Augustus, felt their anger and pressure and sadness. I would recommend this book to every single one of my friends, and I would like to encourage teachers to read it as well."
Overview: Despite the tumor-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.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
Publisher’s overview via Amazon