Monday, January 14, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars

by John Green

Hazel has stage IV cancer. And she's ok with it.  She's accepted what will eventually happen to her. In the meantime she's living her life however she can. She goes to the support groups, where she is one of the few left out of the group who was there when she first started treatments (left because they died, not because they lived). But then she meets Augustus Waters, a cancer survivor. Charming, fun, makes her forget for a little while that she has cancer Augustus.  And she starts to wonder....maybe she can beat this thing, maybe she can have a normalish life. Even if it is a life with cancer.

Once again John Green has created another incredibly memorable and moving story.  Teens and adults alike will readily identify with the characters in the book. The poignant love story between Augustus and Hazel is heartbreaking, a first love torn apart in a way that no one should ever have to experience.  It presents a life with cancer in a compelling and realistic way, particularly the way that friends seem to drift away from the sick person, only to come back at the end.  It's a fantastic read, but one that is sure to make you cry.

Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age Level: 9th Grade

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