2012: 11. The Fault in Our Stars


"Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death."

The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

       This is the latest John Green, and it's a book about a kid with cancer - as opposed to a book about a Cancer Kid - you know, one of those Lurlene McDonald books, with dramatic coughs, and fated romances, and kids who are solemn in death?  This is a book about a real kid who got cancer, and how she lives the life she has.  Hazel is a great character (and I think she's the first girl protaganist that Green's ever had).  She's smart, and kind, and she's dealing with the worst possible thing.  The book is, of course, terribly sad - it's not a fairy tale about cancer - it's the real thing.  But it's also funny, and well-written, and John Green-y (if you don't know what that means, that suggests you've never read An Abundance of Katherines or Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and then that means you need to put this computer down and go get all three books right away).  I love Green - but I was wary of reading this given the subject matter.  And, yes, there is no escaping that it's a book about young people with a fatal disease, but I loved it, and I recommend it whole heartedly.

Categories:  Fiction, Library Book

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