(Maintained and edited by Sophie Barkerwood)
Welcome to the Panel (sounds mysterious and Hunger Gamesy, bear with); where young readers are presented with the opportunity to give their opinions on books they’ve read and loved, and share them with the world. Every few months a free book is selected for each member, and their thoughts on it are published here. If you’re below 19 and live nearby, or visit Scarthin Books in Cromford regularly, and are interested in joining, please visit in store and email youngfictionreviewpanel@with your details and a review of a book you’ve read recently and you could be amongst the wonderful reviews we have on show. *witty goodbye pun involving books*
Click below to read the Panel’s reviews:
OUR LATEST REVIEW PUBLISHED 21st July 2017:
The Fault in Our Stars is a brilliant novel. Despite this I am not quite sure if I am glad to have read this book as it is indeed literary genius and well deserving of the praise it receives, this book is beautifully sad.
Green’s story follows Hazel and Augustus, two teenagers both of whom are living with different types of cancer. After meeting at a cancer support group, the two quickly become close, bonding over a curious book, and developing love. A shocking plot twist causes heartache as looming death finally acts against the innocent love leaving devastation in its wake.
Green writes in a very familiar way. He writes with the voice of a teenager. The humour and (often metaphorical) observations of life, death and non-smoking bring relatable character and life into the story. Green has a clever way of crafting the impact of the plot’s events upon the reader, for example although death is looming just around the corner during the whole novel it still devastates the reader when it strikes. The novel was utterly engaging and I finished it within a day. The humorous and thoughtful characterisation makes the lives of the characters, or rather lack of it, even more prominent.
Bravo, Mr. Green.
Overall, Green writes an insightful, provoking, amusing and devastating book that I would recommend to older readers however I will add, do so with caution and not on public transport because it may make you yell or cry and convert the book into a projectile as it did to me.