To say that The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is unlike any other book on cancer I’ve read to date would be an understatement at best. While the protagonist has a terminal case of cancer, the book is truly not about the dying process itself — it’s about the legacy we leave behind based upon how we chose to live. And yes, while other books that deal with terminal illness could be summed up in similar fashion, there is something to the humor and wit Green lends to his characters that sets this particular novel apart.
And yet, it took me quite a while to finally pick up a copy. While this book was garnering a great deal of praise, I admit, I was hesitant to join the growing audience of devotees. For one, the concept of reading a book about a young teenage woman dying of cancer seemed to be a bit more devastating than what I had been searching for as of late (stress at work means most of my reads lately have been of the comedic variety). But I have to say, this is by far one of my favorite reads of the year.
Hesitant yourself? Let me start by mentioning that this book has been named a #1 New York Times bestseller, a #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller, a #9 The Bookseller (UK) bestseller, a #1 Indiebound bestseller, and was selected as a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice.