Lorin Recommends: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green
John Green’s adolescent characters never sound ANYTHING like the adolescents I know (and I know some brilliant adolescents), and his plots are all over the place, and yet he can thrill like few other YA authors working today.
Why? Because his characters are warm and curious and funny; they are shot through with a vibrancy that leaps off the page and wraps itself around you. They long to be loved and are absolutely worthy of love, so much so that even in the most dire circumstances—in the case of STARS, two main characters with terminal cancer—you can’t help but root for a happy ending.
Anyone who knows me knows I hate cheap sentimentality. And this book could have easily gone down that path. Instead, it offers us the hilarious, insightful, absolutely lovely voice of its main character, Hazel, whose resignation to impending death unexpectedly butts up against the love she finds with fellow cancer support group member, Augustus.
Two kids with cancer? In the hands of a lesser writer, that could have “Ugh!” written all over it. But John Green gives readers something fresh and hopeful and deeply philosophical here. Something very much worth the read.