The Fault In Our Stars going into the book: (ONE) It is written by John Green. (TWO) It is about a girl with terminal cancer, who is taking a drug that stops the growth of her cancer, so that even though she still has cancer, she is dying at more or less a normal rate. (THREE) She falls in love with a guy she meets at her cancer support group.
There are books that make me laugh (but they are never this smart) and Revolution made me cry, but only John Green can make me do both in equal measure (and there was a LOT of both). I seriously haven't cried this much since Looking For Alaska. This is the kind of book that makes me fall in love with reading all over again.
For a book about kids with cancer, TFIOS is remarkably easy to relate to. The characters are real people who aren't glorified and turned into saints just because they have cancer. The book is honest, sometimes ugly, and heartbreaking. It's about learning how to live, not preparing to die.
I love the way John Green writes. I love the way he structures his sentences. His trademark dark humor and quirky characters are probably the reason that I have NEVER been disappointed by one of this books. My only complaint is Green's fondness for closing his chapters with foreboding one sentence paragraphs.
It's barely halfway through January and I am already 90% sure that this is the best book of 2012.
TFIOS counts toward the following challenges: +313 for 15,000 page challenge and Young Adult for the Eclectic Reader. Track my progress on my 2012 Challenges Page.