I love connecting with the characters in books. I've always been a huge reader, and yes, I've been known to cry more than once when reading. The Fault In Our Stars had me going through more than one Kleenex. You'd expect that from a book that details the life of a teenager with terminal cancer.
This book though? It's not a cancer book. It's not a sad, depressing, cry through your coffee kind of book. Hazel may be dying, but the book isn't about death. It's about living and finding delight in the moments for a girl who lives with an oxygen tank and has just her parents for company. When she meets Augustus Waters at the Cancer Kid Support Group, she finds another similar soul and connects with him.
The Fault In Our Stars is written by John Green and is billed as Young Adult Fiction, both of which are factors that ordinarily would have my shy away from reading the book. For some reason, I tend to prefer the writing of women, as I can connect with their characters more. John Green does a fantastic job making the characters and their situations real, and the dialogue is incredible and moving without being trite. I also wouldn't necessarily characterize this as a Young Adult book either. While it contains teenage main characters with Hazel and Gus, it is so much more, and the issues they face are not light fluffy topics that I associate with Young Adult Fiction.
So go. Read The Fault In Our Stars. And be prepared with some Kleenex, but know that there is so much more to this book than just that.
As always, the BlogHer Book Club will be having great discussions about this book for the next several weeks. This week, we're chatting about our favorite books, as Hazel's favorite book plays a role in this book - a very interesting parallel. Come join our book discussion!
In the interest of full disclosure, I received a copy of "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green for review purposes only. This was a compensated review, but all opinions remain my own.