The Fault In Our Stars – John Green

FaultJohn Green is a wonderful voice in YA fiction. He’s especially good at creating interesting characters and dialogue.  Hazel is 16 and has incurable lung cancer.  She’s trying to cope with a terminal diagnosis, and the impact her death, as an only child, will have on her parents. While attending a support group, she meets a boy, Augustus, a cancer survivor as well.  They click although Hazel is hesitant to take the relationship too far.  She tells Augustus she’s a “grenade.”  She also shares with him her favorite book.  She relates to a character who is sick, but the book has an ambiguous ending.  Hazel and Augustus want to know how what happens. He uses his “Make A Wish” request to fly them to Amsterdam to find the author. The author proves less than forthcoming, but it’s a magical trip — a trip which sets up the twist that leaves us pining for a different ending.

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