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Monday, May 28, 2012

The Fault In Our Stars

It's the hottest YA novel out there right now--The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.  Did you think I wasn't going to pick it up???

Hazel is a 16-year-old who just happens to have cancer--terminal cancer.  Her mom forces her to go to this support group she hates until one day when she meets Augustus Waters.  He survived osteosarcoma and falls madly in love with her.  Their relationship moves fast--but that's what happens when you are facing death.  Soon, however, their disease comes calling and one has to deal with the possibility of loss.  It's never easy no matter how prepared you are.

I will not lie--I got a bit teary thanks to some passages that were meant to tug at your heart and your fear (read: my fear) of losing the ones you love so dearly.  It's an emotional book and one that is intriguing and with which it is easy to relate.  Who hasn't had young love?  I will say, though, that most of ours are not tinged with a terminal disease; other than that issue though, it's easy to understand how Hazel and Gus fall hard and fast, and it's easy to get caught up in their whirlwind.

Would I recommend this book if you need a good tear-jerker?  Heck yeah.  This was a super quick read as most YA novels are for adult readers, and it features Amsterdam, my most favoritest city of all time.  It was so nice to be taken back there with Green's words and descriptions.  As you head to the beach this upcoming summer, this book would be a great consideration for relaxation and emotional depth.  Just sayin'.

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