THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
Green is unflinchingly honest, bitterly real and as witty as ever. I'd say this is his best novel since Looking for Alaska — I couldn't put it down. Make sure you have a box of tissues and a few hours handy to curl up and read this unusual literary take on adolescence! Readers will love that Green is tackling his first female narrator and that she is strong and does not back down from scary subjects. I am also undeniably grateful he did not end the book mid-sentence, and instead we get a glimpse into the future.
Hazel knows her death is not a matter of if, but when. Medicine is keeping her cancer from spreading for now, but eventually the tumors will get the best of her. In the meantime she uses an oxygen tank to help her breathe, and she is not in school. Instead she spends her days sleeping, spending time with her mom and at group therapy. At group she meets Augustus, whose cancer is currently in remission, after having one leg amputated. Hazel and Augustus are instantly drawn to one another. Their friendship quickly leads to a once-in-a-lifetime romance as they share their deepest secrets and both become enchanted with the same book. Using his "Wish," Augustus and Hazel travel to Denmark to meet their favorite author and find out what happens to the characters after his masterpiece abruptly ends. However, the journey does not end as planned and the author is not the man they expect. But for Hazel and Augustus, all the pain in the world is worth the joy they find in their love for one another. (DUTTON, January, 336pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780525478812, 14 & up)*Web Exclusive Review*