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The Fault in Our Stars review

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 04, 2014

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AMERICAN author John Green’s sixth book, The Fault in Our Stars, was a major seller to the teenage market.

Selling more than nine million copies, it is one of the most talked about books in high schools and has allowed reading to flourish in young people again.

Therefore, it was no surprise when it was announced that a film adaptation would be made.

Millions of teenagers everywhere have been waiting for a perfect representation of the much-loved novel and the film, directed by Josh Boone, did not disappoint.

Sixteen-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) was diagnosed with cancer three years ago and her concerned mother (Laura Dern) sends her to a local support group to make some friends and get out of a state of depression. She meets pretentious, yet charming, Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) who has been in remission for 18 months and is attending support group with his friend.

Slowly but surely the young pair fall in love after bonding through Hazel’s favourite book, An Imperial Affliction.

Hazel fears that their relationship won’t end well, but can’t help but fall for Gus.

Both Shailene and Ansel starred in the film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s book Divergent earlier in the year so their performance in The Fault in our Stars had high expectations from their young fans, although I think Nat Wolff stole the limelight from his colleagues with his fantastic portrayal of Hazel and Gus’ friend Isaac.

Wolff is a brilliant young actor who, thanks to his role in The Fault in our Stars, will be playing Quentin, the main male lead, in John Green’s Paper Towns.

As a book lover, I hate the feeling of disappointment you get at the end of the film adaptation of your favourite book when all the good parts have been skipped out.

I would love if all films followed the books exactly but we all know this can never happen. I must say I was one of the many teenage girls who has been waiting for the film since I read, and re-read, the book last year and I was worried that the film version would not live up to the book I love, like many other film adaptations. However with The Fault in our Stars, I think Boone captured the essence of the book perfectly, although some parts were missed, this didn’t ruin the story in any way.

The film definitely captured the teenage girl audience.

When I saw it, the cinema was completely full of teenage girls and the only boys there had been dragged along by girlfriends, but with the film making more than £30 million on its first weekend in cinemas, this is clearly the audience to aim for.

Although The Fault in our Stars left many young people sobbing as they walked out of the screen, this heart wrenching love story will make you laugh and cry, making you wonder if you are really living your life properly.

The Fault in our Stars is a must see film, particularly for teenagers or anyone who wants a good cry.

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