He’s in remission from the osteosarcoma that took one of his legs. She’s fighting the brown fluid in her lungs caused by tumors. Both know that their time is limited.
Sparks fly when Hazel Grace Lancaster spies Augustus “Gus” Waters checking her out across the room in a group-therapy session for teens living with cancer. He’s a gorgeous, confident, intelligent amputee who always loses video games because he tries to save everyone. She’s smart, snarky and 16; she goes to community college and jokingly calls Peter Van Houten, the author of her favorite book, An Imperial Affliction, her only friend besides her parents. He asks her over, and they swap novels. He agrees to read the Van Houten and she agrees to read his—based on his favorite bloodbath-filled video game. The two become connected at the hip, and what follows is a smartly crafted intellectual explosion of a romance. From their trip to Amsterdam to meet the reclusive Van Houten to their hilariously flirty repartee, readers will swoon on nearly every page.
After reading John Green’s other books ( Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherine’s) I would say this is far and away my favorite. I was a little skeptical when I first read the book description because I did not know if I wanted to read a book about cancer. However, this book is far more than that, with cancer serving as a backdrop for a story about love, friendship, and life. I didn’t think I could laugh and cry as hard at the same time over any book, but I was doing just that after reading this. This book was funny, touching, and tender all at once. – Kathy, Teen Librarian