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The Fault in our (four and a half) Stars
16 December 2014
Hazel and Augustus are two teenagers who meet at a cancer support group. For Hazel, suffering with thyroid cancer which has metastasised to her lungs, it is her first foray into a relationship. Augustus, who has previously had a girlfriend, falls for Hazel on sight.
Hazel introduces Augustus to her favourite book, written by a reclusive author who now lives in Holland, and they decide to go and visit him to find out what happens to the characters in the book after it ended.
The story charts their relationship against this background and the added complications that their situations bring. I wasn’t sure that I was going to like Hazel (from whose viewpoint the story is told), she comes across as the archetypal surly teenager to begin with, but she matures as time progresses, just like any other young person, cancer sufferer or otherwise. In her case the maturing process is accelerated by the challenges she faces. Sometimes Augustus and Hazel come across as just a little bit too wise and mature for their ages, but other than that it’s pretty hard to find a fault in either of these stars character-wise.
Despite the subject matter the author has managed to inject appropriate humour into the book, and it is not a difficult read. I’m not surprised it has been made into a movie, I hope the film does it justice. Yes, four and a half stars.