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abookaweek 2012: week twenty-seven

2012 July 8
by Romy

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

Category: YA

Story: What do you do if you’re a teenager with cancer? Fall in love with another teenager with cancer, and together defy all stereotypes!

Opinion: Even though I read quite a bit of YA fiction and even joined a YA book club, I’m still extremely cynical about most of the books that fit this category. Doubly so when it’s about teenagers with cancer — sounds too much like an Oprah book club to me. So it was with an unhealthy dose of cynicism that I started this book.

Now, less than 24 hours later, I am a wreck, having spent the last two hours as well as parts of last night bawling my eyes out. The teenagers in this book might be a little too smart* and intellectual for their own good, but boy do you feel for them. The characters are engaging, the writing is funny, and as a bonus there is even a trip to Amsterdam.

As it goes for most YA books, this is not groundbreaking fiction, but if there is one book to convince people to read more YA, this might just be the one. (After The Hunger Games of course, nothing beats that.)


*YA fiction apparently only features teenagers that are either too smart or too naive. I am hard to please.

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