“…I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
John Green’s new novel is a romance about teenagers. Before you switch off, these teenagers have cancer. Serious cancer. It is sad but it’s also laugh out loud funny, beautiful, witty and interesting. If you ever wondered what its like to have an obviously debilitating, chronic, terminal disease, Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters will give you an idea. But they’ll also give you an idea of what its like to fall in love, meet your hero and be a teenager. And there’s talk of existentially fraught free throws. I mean come on.
John Green always has memorable, intelligent and slightly badass main characters which make his books the kind of books you remember and look forward to reading the next one. I will admit his female main character sounded a lot like a dude right at the beginning but all was forgotten very quickly.
I’m not sure I can pull of the label ‘Young Adult’ anymore but despite not being the target audience, I still got excited when I saw this book arrive and I wasn’t disappointed. Every new book is a chance for new fans to get on this fantastic bandwagon. The Fault in Our Stars is out now, Paperback $19.95. Also by John Green is Will Grayson, Will Grayson co-authored with David Levithan and a constant seller from our recommended Books All Teenagers Should Read.