John Green’s newest masterpiece of a novel, The Fault in Our Stars, is the newsweethottness.
Time Magazine put it well: it’s “damn near genius.”
Because I’m short on time — from the jacket cover: “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.”
Because I enjoyed this book enough to take the time to quickly weigh in — from me: TFIOS is to YA books as Juno is to teen-centered drama-rom-coms. TFIOS:Twilight :: Laura Marling:Miley Cyrus (b.n. both singers are both 17 yrs. at the taking of each video). That is, it offers a plentiful dose of snarky humor blended neatly with a breathtakingly realistic portrayal of tragedies that accompany the lives of regular folks like you and me.
In a YA-world that is otherwise dominated by vampire-sex and hogwash like Pretty Little Liars, TFIOS is like a much-needed pint of home-grown, July-picked, organic, juicysweet strawberries to the leftover-from-Halloween, cavity-inducing bag of Jolly Ranchers that other teen fiction is offering for snacks.
I wish there were more characters like Hazel and Augustus gracing YA books with their presence. “But alas, the world is not a wish-granting factory.” READ IT.