When I was thinking about what books to talk about here on the blog, I realized that I rarely mention any books for teens. I only realized this after I finished a really, really good book by young adult fiction author John Green. In a world where "teen paranormal romance" is one of the more popular genres for teens, (I couldn't believe the size of the shelf space for it at Barnes and Noble!) Green's The Fault in Our Stars is a romance firmly based in reality.
Hazel, a sixteen year old girl miraculously surviving terminal lung cancer, is utterly bored and hates feeling like she is a "professional sick person." However, at a teen cancer survivor support group meeting, she meets Augustus Waters, a seventeen year old survivor of osteosarcoma. The incredibly good looking, charismatic, and intellectually stimulating boy takes Hazel on an adventure of which she never thought she'd be capable.
Obviously, as both main characters have cancer, this is not always a happy tale. "The world is not a wish making factory" is a common theme and quote throughout the book. It is however, the best teen book I've read in awhile, so if you're in the mood for some young adult fiction, (though this book could really be loved by teens and former teens alike) definitely check this one out.
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John Green, the author, is a good time: