The Fault in our Stars, John Green’s new YA book, comes out tomorrow, and I’m excited! I’ve actually not read anything by this author yet, but I’ve been reading about him a bit and I’m dead set to start powering through this, and some of his other work (Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson Will Grayson–co-authored with David Levithan.)
Anyway–based on the synopsis I’ve read, as well as a bit of the first chapter (posted online)–the book’s protagonist, Hazel, is a sixteen-year-old gal whose stage IV thyroid cancer has gone into remission, but whose snark and depression has not. Her mom makes her go to a cancer kid support group to help deal with the expected psychic weight of tackling a life-threatening illness at such an early age, the potential of its return lingering, always, in the near-distance…or maybe it’s just to get her out of the house.
Enter Augustus: hottie cancer survivor and support-group-attendee, also in remission. Amazingly, he’s as interested in Hazel as she is in him, and ultimately helps push her “to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.”
Coupled with the stellar, witty, unsentimental writing I hear this guy is known to deliver, this book seems like it could be just the refreshing-and-cathartic-teen-cancer-love story we’ve all been waiting for. I’ll report back (though, admittedly, I’m shit at reviews, unlike my friend Matt (hey, Matt!), who has an amazing book blog you should all check out: http://booksarethefuture.tumblr.com.)