John Green’s book has been a bit of a literary superstar in the young adult book market. It has been on the New York Times YA Best Sellers list for 53 weeks. It currently has about 418,000 ratings on Goodreads with an average rating of 4.5 stars. Every adult reader I know who has read this book raves about it. After having read it, I think I would join in their chorus. And I’d go as far as saying this was my favorite book of 2013.
The Fault in Our Stars is about teenagers with cancer, so you know going into this book that it is not necessarily going to have a happy ending. The main characters are Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters. The two meet at Cancer Kid Support Group and begin to fall deeply in love over the course of the story as they both grapple with the reality of their own mortality. Hazel and Gus are really strong and likable characters, and I thought it was a unique approach to have them both struggling with cancer in the story.
It’s rare that I run into a young adult book that presents me with vocabulary that is new, or for that matter, memorable. For you word nerds out there, the word choice in this book is like brain candy. Green’s writing grabs you pretty much from the beginning of the book, and holds you all the way to the very end.
This book is most appropriate for high school aged students. There is a little bit of mature content in the book, but t is nothing offensive or vile.
Rating: 5/5 Stars