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Without Pain, How Could We Know Joy?

Reviewing a novel I have read and thoroughly enjoyed is like trying to recount the best moments in my life in under a paragraph. ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ by American author, John Green, certainly has is moments that are seldom seen in other novels of its type. 

What is pleasing to read about in ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ is how the characters are grounded and thoroughly planned. The chemistry between Hazel Lancaster (the narrator) and Augustus Waters is something that is rarely touched on in most young-adult novels.

‘The Fault In Our Stars’ is a novel about death, defiance and above all, how illness can in some way help to define the love one has for another – the capacity they are willing to go through. Entering into the mind of sixteen-year-old Hazel Lancaster, the reader is immediately faced with illness, the longing to live, and the compassion that people have for each other – both healthy and ill.

John Green is an exceptional writer for the story he has fictionalised and encourages the reader to deviate between feeling remorse and happiness at the same time – a skill writers strive to have. 

The story of Hazel Green and Augustus Waters is one that will stick in the recesses of my mind for a while. They loved each other, fought for each other and most of all, they understood one another.

When one character is written in such a way that allows the reader to embody them, then they too become the character for the rest of the novel.

Praise for John Green. 

Review: It’s a metaphor – so keep on living.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Other reviews: ‘The Book Thief’ – by Markus Zusak

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