Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.
Don't expect the teenagers in this book to sound like teenagers - John Green tends to write his characters as endlessly witty. If you can see past that, you will probaby enjoy this book. I started tearing up around page 100 and did so for a few chapters - but surprisingly, I did not cry through the end. Maybe I knew what to expect and had steeled myself? Perhaps I was grouchy that day? Or maybe I was bucked up by the knowledge that my 2 oldest children did not cry when they read it (hey, they're boys - they've been listening to the rest of the world tell them to not cry, instead of listening to me tell them it's okay to show emotions). Deep, emotional, heart-tugging book. Read it with a tissue box nearby if you're prone to tears.