Author: John Green
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Release Date: January 10, 2012
Publisher: Dutton House
Source: Hardcover, 318 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Awards: Odyssey Award, Goodreads Choice Award (Best YA Fiction), ALA Teens' Top Ten Nom., Indies Choice Book Award for YA, The Inky Awards for Silver Inky, Abraham Lincoln Award Nom.
SUMMARY: 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.
Witty, eloquent, endearing, profound - this book gets all the good descriptive words - but if I could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in one word, it would have to be:
John Green is one of my favorite people in the world, so naturally I adore his books. This one just might be my favorite.
The message TFiOS conveys about the resilience and underestimated intelligence of teenagers in our world today is powerful and imperative. John Green does not shy away from deeper subjects and the moving use of metaphor, despite - rather, because of - his primarily young readership. That says a lot.
This is more than a book about cancer that will make you cry - even though it will. It is a thoughtful commentary on the importance of life and the significance of every little detail and interaction if we only take the time to observe.
And you know it's a John Green book when you're in tears one minute and laughing hysterically the next.
Plus, this entire book is quotable. There is probably a line in here relevant to any aspect of life.
John Green sets a high standard for contemporary literature now as well as for how we will regard "classics" in the future.
Profanity: Moderate (occasional swearing)
Sensuality: Moderate (kissing, sensuality, suggested images)
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