The Fault In Our Stars

"The Fault in Our Stars" is #1 New York Times bestseller and the fourth solo novel by John Green. It is a new addition to Sutherland Shire Libraries' Young Adult Fiction collection.
It is the story of 16 year old Hazel Lancaster and 17 year old Augustus Waters, two teenagers who meet at a Cancer Kid Support Group.
The title is inspired by the famous line from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, when Cassius says to Brutus "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves." However in the book we read: "But it is the nature of stars to cross, and never was Shakespeare more wrong . . . there is no shortage of fault to be found in our stars."
In essence the book is a love story, funny, poignant and deeply moving.
Markus Zusak describes it as 'A novel of life and death and the people caught in between.'
It is a beautiful book, the writing a joy to read. As E. Lockhart (author of 'The Boyfriend List') states, John Green makes one 'gasp at the beauty of a sentence.'
Memorable quotes from the book include:
  • "As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly then all at once.
  • "It looked like an old painting, but real - everything achingly idyllic in the morning light."
  • "Some infinities are bigger than other infinities"
A recommended 'good read', and not just for Young Adults.