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The Fault in Our Starsby John Green
John Green has so cleanly sidestepped anything precious, sentimental, and heart-warming in The Fault in Our Stars, it's a wonder he was even able to write about two teenagers diagnosed with cancer. These are some fertile fields for tweeness, indeed. Oh, but he can write — and wonderfully! His characters are so true to life, I can hardly think of them as characters. Hazel is terminal and Gus is in recovery when they meet at a cancer-survivors support group. They have much to say about death, illness, grief, survival, love, and time: "What a slut time is. She screws everybody." This is a smart, funny, extraordinary book, one that is monumentally profound. You will silently thank John Green over and over for sharing this amazing story.
Did you really think YA was all vamps and other fantastical, supernatural... stuff? Well, you'd be wrong. Very wrong. 'Cause John Green exists. And his book The Fault in Our Stars tackles the subject of teens and cancer. But it's not a "cancer story" in the sappy, Lifetime-movie sense. Sure, you'll cry, but you'll also laugh out loud, and it's all done with grace (Hazel Grace, that is). Not to mention, it's insanely quotable, so have a highlighter handy.
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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
"If there's a knock on John Green (and it's more of a light tap considering he's been recognized twice by the Printz committee) it's that he keeps writing the same book: nerdy guy in unrequited love with impossibly gorgeous girl, add road trip. His fourth novel departs from that successful formula to even greater success: this is his best work yet. Narrator Hazel Grace Lancaster, 16, is (miraculously) alive thanks to an experimental drug that is keeping her thyroid cancer in check. In an effort to get her to have a life (she withdrew from school at 13), her parents insist she attend a support group at a local church, which Hazel characterizes in an older-than-her-years voice as a 'rotating cast of characters in various states of tumor-driven unwellness.' Despite Hazel's reluctant presence, it's at the support group that she meets Augustus Waters, a former basketball player who has lost a leg to cancer. The connection is instant, and a (doomed) romance blossoms. There is a road trip — Augustus, whose greatest fear is not of death but that his life won't amount to anything, uses his 'Genie Foundation' wish to take Hazel to Amsterdam to meet the author of her favorite book. Come to think of it, Augustus is pretty damn hot. So maybe there's not a new formula at work so much as a gender swap. But this iteration is smart, witty, profoundly sad, and full of questions worth asking, even those like 'Why me?' that have no answer. Ages 14 – up. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
John Green is an award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author whose many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers (youtube.com/vlogbrothers), one of the most popular online video projects in the world.
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