The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

May 25, 2012

Widely praised as one of the best books of 2012, I’m happy to report that Printz-Award winning author John Green does not disappoint.  In fact, this may be his best novel yet.

Sixteen-year-old Hazel is dying of thyroid cancer.  And while lugging an oxygen tank around to lame support groups isn’t exactly the coolest activity for a teenager, she does happen to meet someone who is very cool: Augustus, who is cute, smart and in remission.  Suddenly, Hazel has someone to share her favorite book with, someone to flirt with, and someone to love.  And that love may be harder to cope with than her terminal illness.

With the depth of character and heartfelt emotion in this book, I would recommend this for teens and adults alike.  And even though the novel wrestles with the ideas of mortality, connection and isolation, Green weaves through the narrative with genuinely funny moments and uplifting scenes, making the The Fault in Our Stars a bittersweet treasure.

Reviewed by Library Staff