I love sappy books. I spent the better half of my childhood summer vacations nose deep in books with similar themes – two young people fall in love, but one finds out they have a terrible tragic terminal disease but the other says they’ll love them anyways and they stay together until their deathbed. So good. You get love, tears, excitement, anything you could ever want. If you, too, like these types of books, then I have a recommendation for you.
I’ve read a lot of sappy books in my day, but the best thing about The Fault in Our Stars is that it’s not sappy. The protagonist, Hazel, is anything but sad and hopeless, be it about her disease or helplessly in love. She’s “never been anything but terminal” (lung cancer) and has grown understandably bitter towards the whole thing. That is, until she meets Augustus at cancer-kid support group.
Their relationship is, in some ways, just like any other 17 year olds’. In other ways, its totally not. They had me holding onto every word and tearing through the 300 pages in two nights time. At one point I literally sobbed tears, to the point that Sean made me stop reading and calm down. It might be young adult fiction, but it will tug deeply at your heart strings.
Seriously, get out there and get this book! You won’t regret it.