Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Summary: Hazel is a snarky, depressed 16-year-old girl who has been battling lung cancer for three years. Hazel’s strong and emotionally aware mother insists that Hazel participates in a cancer support group for young people where she meets the charismatic and irresistible Augustus Waters. Hazel shares with Augustus her most private pleasure, the unfinished book, The Imperial Affliction. Augustus embraces this special novel in the same intimate way that Hazel does which leads them on a mission to contact its mysterious author to discover the ending of the novel.
Review: Within the first chapter, this novel that the reader believes will be a story about cancer, transforms into a smartly told desperate love story narrated in Hazel’s engaging voice. The story is thoughtful and shared with the kind of real humor that sees people through the challenges of life. Emotional twists lead the reader effortlessly through the powerful journey of two teenagers who prove that their short lives are meaningful and poetic in a world where they struggle against being defined as cancer patients. In this poignant love story, John Green reminds us that a book can retain its humor and still be taken seriously.
Read-a-Likes: 1) Looking for Alaska also by John Green, Teen Collection–Available in Book, eAudiobook and eBook formats. 2) 50/50 –Adult DVD Collection, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogan. 3) Me Before You by JoJo Moyes-Adult Fiction Collection in Book format. 4) The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence , Adult Fiction Collection- in Book format.
Availability: The Fault in Our Stars is available in Book format in the Teen Fiction Collection.
Reviewed by: Deena