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'The Fault in Our Stars'

A review of YA author John Green's latest novel "The Fault in Our Stars."

I have read a lot of Young Adult novels, too many to count but I have never come across an author with such incredible talent like John Green has.

John Green in my opinion one of the best Young Adult writers of our generation. He writes raw stories. He never holds anything back.

I've read two of his books, which have blown me away, "Looking for Alaska" and "Paper Towns."

When I heard that Green was going to publish another book, I was completely ecstatic. The Fault In Our Stars was published Jan. 10 and has been getting rave reviews since then.

The fact that so many people enjoyed the book raised my expectations even higher before I started to read this gem of a YA novel.

Mary Quattlebaum from The Washington Post had this to say about the novel, "John Green deftly mixes the profound and the quotidian in this tough, touching valentine to the human spirit."

TFIOS was an extremely easy read, it flowed perfectly and in my opinion, there was not one single flaw in the entire book.

It centers around Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16 year old girl who has been living with cancer for most of her life. She walks around with an oxygen tank hooked up to her, at all times, because without it she can barely breathe.

She accepts the fact that she is cancer ridden and that she will eventually die; her parents are hoverers, constantly in her face and making sure she's OK. This gets on Hazel's nerves and she just wants her parents to get a life.

They force her to attend a cancer support group that helps kids, ages 12-18, deal with their illness.

One dreaded day, when Hazel really doesn't want to go to support group, her mother forces her to go and Hazel Grace's life is changed forever and ever.

In the Literal Heart of Jesus Church, where the group meets with mentor Patrick, a boy she's never met keeps staring at Hazel. After group, he invites her to his house to watch a movie and that is where Hazel's life is flipped upside down.

Augustus Waters is an extremely charming, one legged boy who is in remission from cancer. He talks his way through everything and I could not stop smiling as he flirted with Hazel for an extreme amount of time in the book.

Eventually, the two become an item...a cancer stricken couple who love nothing more than to read to each other and play video games. They share a weird sense of humor and are extremely mature for teenagers.

They have known pain like most people never will and they have an optimistic outlook on life.

The voice of the book, the voice that John Green establishes, is witty and sarcastic and echoes his other novels.

This is a beautiful book; it will make you smile, laugh, and cry. I finished the book and just wanted to read it over and over again.

This is a novel that will never get old. You could re-read it multiple times and you will end up loving it even more than the first time.

I have never read a book like this. It touched my heart and even though it dealt with something so serious, such as cancer, it was relatable.

Green gave this book a voice. He gave Hazel and Augustus a voice. He gave cancer a voice and truly made an impact on me.

You will not regret reading this book, it will become your best friend.

Rating: 5/5

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