The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Reviewed By: A.T.
Meet Hazel Grace Lancaster. 16 years old, loves to read, loves to watch America's Next Top Model, is incredibly smart and smarmy, and, oh yeah...she is dying from cancer. Despite this sad premise, Hazel is actually quite well adjusted and realistic about her fate. She knows that her treatements are extending her life, not curing her cancer, and the oxygen tank she carries around to help her breathe will always be at her side. Despite all of this, her parents insist that she is depressed, so therefore she must attend her support group every Wednesday. This "Cancer Kid Support Group" is where she meets Augustus Waters, a cancer survivor and amputee. Augustus and Hazel immediately click in a way that Hazel has never experienced before. As she finally comes out of her shell (Hazel has been on the "brink of death" for nearly 3 years) she begins to she what she was missing by squirreling away in her house for all these years with only her parents to lean on. Will she let Augustus into her life? Will she find out how her favorite book ends? Will she survive to finish her story? To find out...READ THE BOOK!
Why I Picked it Up: I picked this book up because I have never heard anything but fantastic praise for this author. Since I had never read anything by him, I thought I'd give it a chance. Who knew I would find my next favorite author?
Why I Finished It: Technically, I haven't finished this book yet...but there's no way I'd stop now! I have to know what happens at the end! Also, I am listening to this book on CD, and the girl who reads for Hazel is perfect! She totally nails the breathy bits where Hazel is short of breath, and her sarcastic tone of voice makes me laugh out loud when I'm listening to it!
I’d Give this Book To: This is a book for older teens, boy or girl, most likely in high school. While it's not all romance and drama (actually, not a lot of drama at all, just hilarious dead pan comedy...) the book does have it's more serious side, and it does get a bit intense near the end. Since the main character is 16, I would say that would be close to the recommened age for readers.