“I read this in January but I think that I've found my favorite book of the year already.
Hazel Grace is a girl in her 17th year of life and is going to die from cancer. It may be today, it may be tomorrow; she doesn't know when. She lives each day identically: watching marathons of America's Next Top Model, struggling through boring college classes, and living with her only friends -- her parents. It isn't until she meets Augustus Waters through Cancer Support Group that things change.
I will warn you ahead of time: You. Will. Cry. There is no way to avoid that. But it is worth it. You'll laugh, too, and fall in love. John Green writes beautifully for young adults, respecting their intelligence and acknowledging them as real people. And it isn't just for young adults because adults, too, will identify and fall in love with the novel. One of my favorite quotes from the novel:
"Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books...which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal."”