So yesterday I finished reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, and today the official trailer was released. The trailer is beautiful and I love it. But the book is what I'm going to write this pretty short review on.
TFIOS is based on two star-crossed lovers called Hazel and Gus, who meet at a support group for kids with cancer. Despite Hazel's reservations of becoming close with people and her unwillingness to become a 'grenade', Hazel and Gus gradually form a strong relationship.
This book is beautiful and different. Green doesn't portray cancer victims as they usually are portrayed and instead shows them in the real light, that really cancer victims are still people, just like everybody else. It shows the reality of cancer and doesn't skirt around any of it, instead the book faces it head on. It is an emotional read, and yet still makes you smile to yourself or laugh at various points, and definitely tugs on your heart strings in more than one place.
This book has so many deservedly good reviews, and so I didn't hesitate with purchasing it (last summer! Only just got round to reading it...) but I was a bit wary when I first started reading it. I wasn't sure it was going to be my 'cup of tea' and I can't say I was hooked from the first page, so if you're reading it and feel like this, my advice is to persevere! It is an emotionally-engaging book and very well written. I will probably read this again as I feel like I didn't quite take it all in. But for anyone debating whether to read it before going to see the film which is due for release this summer, then I say go for it! And have a box of tissues at the ready...