The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

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What I’d pay for this book: $12

To sum it up: A teenage girl with cancer meets her first love.

This book made me cry like a baby.

This story makes you fall in love with the main characters, their personalities and dreams and fears, even though you know from the beginning that there is not going to be a happy ending. And it is utterly heart breaking. I could go on about the courage of the characters in the face of such a scary situation (i.e. terminal cancer) and their ability to keep a sense of humor, but it was the portrayal of the real fear and sadness that was the most brutal part of the book. The mixture of all these emotions in the scenes between the main character and her parents and friends is what really what got to me about this book – it’s just so real. I’ve never read any of John Green’s books, but after I recover from this one, I’ll definitely be picking up another. 

Bottomline: It’s heart-breaking, smart, funny, and an emotional roller-coaster. Don’t read it if you’re looking for a story about overcoming the odds for a happy ending, because this book will not give you that. But, it does deal with some heavy topics in a very real and honest way. This is definitely a special book and I’d recommend it to anyone willing to face the inevitable tears. I got it after a few months wait as an ebook from the LA Library.

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