‘The Fault in our Stars’ can be seen as a modern take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet; it tells the tale of two young star-crossed lovers, who are battling cancer.
I know what you’re thinking, but this is not just another ‘cancer novel’, which seeks to romanticise the illness. The Fault in our Stars gives a frank and honest take on the mindset of a suffer and delves into the depression that often goes alongside it.
Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters both share a hatred for the sentimentality that goes along with their illness, and their love is built on the foundations of sarcasm, irony and video games.
At times, John Green’s New York Times best-selling novel will leave you aching from laughter, at others it will have you softly weeping into your pillow (or if you’re somewhat of an ugly crier, like myself, you’ll probably be sobbing and wailing yourself to sleep).
There is also some very good news for the more hesitant readers; The Fault in our Stars is being adapted for the big screen.
The film is set to be released on the 6th June, initially in the United States but will arrive in the United Kingdom on the 20th June.
The roles of Hazel Grace and Gus are played by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. The Fault in our Stars will be Woodley and Elgort’s debut as leading roles in a film, although some might recognise Shailene Woodley from the ABC series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, in which she played Amy Juergens.
Fans of the novel are all ready excited about the films release, including myself, and The Fault in our Stars looks set to become one of the biggest tear jerker films of 2014 – so have your tissues at the ready!