Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Teen Review: The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green

313 pages
Not part of a series
High School reading level
Reviewed by
Clare Ruiz, 11th grade

The Fault in Our Stars is about three teenagers who have all had cancer at some point in their relatively young lives. However, the book makes a point not to be a "typical sappy cancer story." Hazel Grace has cancer in her lungs, but she currently has it at a manageable level. Isaac has a cancer that is not life-threatening, but it is contained in his eyes, severely affecting his vision. Through Isaac, Hazel Grace meets his friend Augustus, who is a cancer survivor.She falls in love with Augustus's endless metaphors and grandiose, philosophical thoughts, and he falls in love with her little quirks and droll sense of humor. The ever-looming threat of her sickness drives her to push him away at first, though, so he won't get hurt. Through many twists of fate, the two end up on the trip of a lifetime, where nothing goes as planned.

This is the only book that has ever made me cry and genuinely laugh as well. I give it a 5 out of  5. The writing is emotional on a personal level. It touches upon fears and hopes that everyone has. Anyone who reads this book will be affected by it.

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