Finding the right book can be daunting because there’s just too much choice. So, we’ve enlisted the help of a secret book worm to pen a few reviews, and if it sounds like one for you, why not pick it up?
Books are a great way of escaping the world, but we’ve got to warn you: tissues at the ready for this tear-jerking read.
The Fault in Our Stars
You may have heard about this book. I resisted reading it based on the maudlin reports that it was about cancer, sadness, and death. A family member who works in a school told me all the year nine to 12 students read it, cried and talked about it day after day, and then they went to see it in the cinema and did the same all over again.
You can understand my resistance. I don’t like to read things that I know are going to make me sad. I don’t watch horror films that are going to make me frightened. However, Fault in Our Stars kept coming up on my Amazon recommended list, so I bit the bullet, bought it and I wasn’t disappointed.
The main character is Hazel; a teenager with slow-growing lung cancer who is experiencing normal teen things alongside an oxygen tank and hospital appointments. She’s part of a teenagers’ cancer support group, which she hates going to but at one session she’s introduced to a rather handsome and seemingly healthy Augustus Waters.
Here ensues a teenage love story with an exciting trip thanks to their shared curiosity about a novelist. There’s modern-day teen angst with many texts and late-night phone calls, antisocial behaviour with parents and the basement hangouts with computer games, but this makes it all relatable and draws you in further.
No guesses or spoilers to learn that things aren’t all peachy and it does have a very sad element to it. I don’t cry at books but this one I had to stop reading for the tears to stay well within their ducts. It’s not an easy one to read all the way through!
This book is good, and I’d recommend all ages read it. I subsequently watched the film on a day when I was feeling sorry for myself and wanted a good cry. It wasn’t the tearjerker that I was hoping for, but it is very endearing and a lovely watch.
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Book review by Harriet A