The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a cleverly composed story of sixteen year old Hazel Grace and her battle with terminal cancer while attempting to live and love in a world in spite of her diagnosis. In contrast to my initial pity and sadness for this fictional, though quite believable, character and her friends - it soon became apparent that neither Hazel nor the author sought to illicit this gut reaction.
Instead, the story offered the unexpected view of a group of teenagers, living their lives to the fullest and finding comfort in each other, the only people who can truly relate to their personal situations. At its core, The Fault in Our Stars offers a glimpse into a private world; it teaches us to live each day to the fullest, to love those who understand and comfort us, and to treasure the time we have in this life.
This was a paid review for Blog Her Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.