by John Green

Reviewer Rating:


I can't find anything wrong with this book.

Hazel Grace is sixteen.  She hasn't gone to high school for the last three years, has all but stopped hanging out with friends, and, oh yeah, she has cancer. In The Fault in Our Stars, John Green gives voice to these young, intelligent, brave because they have few alternatives, scared and sometimes desperate individuals affected by unforgiving illness.  

She was able to move through her high school studies from home, graduate early, and currently attends classes at the local community college. Hazel spends most of her time reading or watching reality TV. She has essentially cut herself off from any type of social life.  More than a little concerned, Hazel's mother and father force her to attend a support group for kids living with cancer.  She goes, but doesn't participate, ever.  She's just kind of there.  This was true, at least, until Augustus Waters tags along with his friend, Isaac.  I don't want to include any spoilers, so suffice it to say, things change.  

This raw, heartbreakingly beautiful story helps us understand the emotional stress cancer patients and their families experience.  At the same time, it reveals their strong desire to be normal.  As we become privy to phone calls and texts between them, we're granted the opportunity to see their friendship bloom.  With a few adaptations, they strive to be teenagers as best they can.  They share stories, jokes, video games, heartbreak, literature, and most importantly - a quest.  

This is one of my favorite novels.  It's compelling, insightful, funny, mournfully sad, but most importantly, it is real.  


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