John Green's latest book is absolutely brilliant. His characters are so realistic and down to earth, but fantastically memorable at the same time. Hazel is sick, but she tries not to let her illness define her. She's very funny and her gallows humor makes her a very accessible character—she's a teenage girl who doesn't take herself too seriously, not a heroically strong, righteous sick girl. Augustus livens up the book much in the same way he livens up Hazel's life. His endless humor, just-go-with-it attitude, and his metaphorical take on life and death are all so appealing. There are many literary references that drive the character and plot development in The Fault in Our Stars, but they flow just as naturally as the pop culture references, making the book unassumingly intelligent. The twist to this story is tragic, yet the book isn't a "sad" one. Like Hazel, who makes the funny choice when telling a sad story, Green makes a potentially depressing topic overflow with humor and life. The result is something achingly realistic and human.
Cover Comments: I really like this cover! The bright blue is perfect, and I love the simplicity of the chalk. Very nice!
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