The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green When you decide to read this book you know you are going to be in for a good cry at some point of the story, but you don't expect the amount of humor and the realness of how the characters face their illness. This isn't your typical star crossed lovers/ sob story about a girl who has cancer and meets a boy, it is far more layered and profound than that. John Green is an amazing writer and this book is proof of his level of insight and the wittiness of his thoughts. I think you have to be very brave in order to write about the subject of cancer in such a realistic way! I've read my fair share of novels about people fighting cancer/ living with cancer, and for some reason most of those books tend to feel corny and unrealistic, maybe because their fight is a little idealized and clean. TFIOS doesn't hold anything back in terms of how people deal with terminal illness taking into account how dealing with death from an early aged changes and forces you to become more mature mixed with the typical thoughts and anxieties of the normal teenager. I really loved this book and recommend that you read with a box of tissues near by if you are as sensitive as I am about the fates of characters. This book will not only make you cry, it will also make you laugh.... You may even choke out a few laugh's in some of the most morose parts due to the spectacular wittiness of Hazel, Augustus and Issac!I guess Dumbledore is always right and his advice can be applied in every literary reality and in the real world too: "happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light"DFTBA