"Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.
"Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
"Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind."
As a fellow nerdfighter, John Green's books are always something to look forward to reading; I simply cannot give his work enough praise. John Green's books encompass main characters filled with feeling, nerdiness, and a definite realism. The Fault in our Stars was, so far, the best of his novels yet.
Despite the main characters being cancer victims (or perhaps because of it), the novel had a really infinite number of ever important themes. I cried, I laughed, I smiled, and when I set down the book, I spent a long time reflecting on it. The characters were fun, realistic, and complex and the chemistry between the many characters was brilliant and interesting. The plot, although disorganized and arguably absent from identification until finishing the book, was really touching.
I suggest everyone read this book (assuming one enjoys reading heavy topics, is the appropriate age, and enjoys general nerdiness).