Feb 20, 12
Read in February, 2012
As a dad of two young boys, and as someone who lost a good friend to cancer a year ago (she was 41), this book was set up to get inside my head. It did. I had some issues -- the Kaitlyn character (largely incidental) was poorly drawn, some of the dialogue was a little too clever/precious, and I wanted more from the main characters and from the parents -- but overall, this was an engrossing and very moving read. The protagonist -- Hazel Grace -- is so beautifully and honestly drawn, that you can't help but experience the world through her eyes. And what a wonderful, tragic view it is.
This book is NOT for everyone. If cancer has been a part of your life or the lives of those you love, this will either be cathartic, or very, very hard to read. Still, it gets a strong recommendation from yours truly.