I have always been a subscriber of The Vlog Brother (John and Hank Green) on YouTube, and I knew they were somehow tied up in the fabulous Lizzie Bennet Diaries, but I didn’t realise that John was also the author of this book I’d seen and heard about a lot, The Fault in OUr Stars. So I borrowed it off a friend, since I love his vlogs. He is articulate, interesting, and has a really flowing turn of phrase.
The book is about a girl, Hazel, who has terminal cancer, who bumps into this guy Augustus Winters, who used to have cancer. Unfortunately, the story plays out exactly like what’s going through your head: I think the fact that there are so many cancer novels makes any novel about characters with cancer immediately predictable.
Other than the total surety about how the story was going to turn out, it was a lovely read. It’s narrated by Hazel, a sixteen year old, and it really captures her voice nicely. Green’s command of the English language is evident in every carefully-construed sentence, so I would love to read one of his other books, one that isn’t quite so cliché.
If you haven’t already been over-run by heart breaking novels of this archetype, then I’m sure you’d love it. I finished it in a day, due to it’s page-turning prose.
Read it. At least the characters have interesting names.