The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green (2012)
If you still haven’t cried over this cult young adult love story, or caught up with the equally poignant movie adaptation that was released last month, we won’t judge. What’s the summer for, eh? But be warned – you’ll enter the territory of full-on waterworks (you’ll need a towel, not tissues) when you read this haunting romance about two 16-year-old cancer patients – Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Watters – who meet and fall in love at a support group. Although stacked in the young adults’ section in book shops, Green’s mature, poignant prose that flits wittily through topics as heavy as the fragility of life and the urgent passion of doomed first love, bridges age groups. So go ahead and relive the swoony pangs of first love.