This is a re-write of the post that I published in which I poorly expressed my concerns about the originality of Bokkie Robertson’s play WISH which was performed in the first week of the Short and Sweet Festival and has been selected to play a part in this year’s Finals.
“Falling in love is like falling asleep…slowly then all at once” says Hazel the female protagonist in Green’s novel which is a number one New York times best seller.
The reader is involved from the outset in Hazel’s journey. It is extremely difficult for the reader not to become caught up in Hazel’s psychological, social, intellectual and emotional battles as she suffers from a serious illness. Not only must she deal with hormones and schoolwork she must face challenges on a day to day level.