I’d heard a lot about this book (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green) before I read it – mostly raves. Actually, nothing but raves. And I couldn’t agree more. This is an amazing book, describing the relationship of two young characters. What makes this so unique is the characters suffer from (or are in recovery from) cancer. Hazel is a teenager who depends on an oxygen tank and a “miracle drug” to keep her sickness at bay, while Gus’ cancer is in recovery.
The writing is whip-smart and incredibly realistic. I was worried the teen-speak would get a little Juno (aka, overly-smart, overly-slanged, too much “home skillet”) but managed to stay precocious without feeling pretentious. Hazel in particular was just an amazing, smart, sweet girl that I rooted for the entire book.
In a nutshell – a fabulous, well-written, tear-inducing young adult book that’s certainly not just for young adults. I definitely recommend it.
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