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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel is still terminal. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

John Green shatters expectations with this novel, turning assumptions about "tragic" books --- perhaps even about the idea of tragedy itself --- on their heads. The Fault in Our Stars is painfully sad, for sure, and it pulls no punches in its often gruesome depictions of late-stage cancer. At some points, readers may even wonder why, if pain and love are so intertwined, we should bother falling in love at all. But, in true John Green fashion, even that question is answered, right at the book's close, in a character’s own words that are tender and wise, hopeful and true, just like the novel itself.