About the Book: YA Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
About the Author:
John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green’s career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.
In 2007, John and his brother Hank were the hosts of a popular internet blog, “Brotherhood 2.0,” where they discussed their lives, books and current events every day for a year except for weekends and holidays. They still keep a video blog, now called “The Vlog Brothers,” which can be found on theNerdfighters website, or a direct link here. (Source: Goodreads)
I feel like I don’t even need to say anything about this book because everyone and anyone probably already know about The Fault in Our Stars, what with the movie having just come out in theaters. I read this awhile back, but as usual, I’m way way way behind with my Book Spotlights because life got extremely busy. But here I am trying to catch up. 🙂
TFiOS, as it’s commonly called among its many, many fans, is a sweet story about young love. But what separates it from your usual fare of sweet-young-love stories is the fact that our main characters are both battling cancer. The beauty of this book lies in its very realistic portrayal of its characters–no sugarcoating here, and no stereotyping either. It is what it is. There are many poignant moments in this book, and if you’re easily moved to tears, make sure you have a box of tissues nearby.