Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars

Green, John. 2012. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. New York: Dutton. ISBN 0763625973 [Suggested Grade Levels 6-12]

Sixteen year old Hazel’s life is interrupted and rearranged by the appearance of Augustus Waters at her cancer support group. Diagnosed with terminal cancer and at the urging of her medical staff and family, sixteen-year-old Hazel reluctantly attends the group to better deal with her depression and meets Augustus Waters, a boy coming to terms with the missing leg he lost to his own cancer. The intellectual teens strike up a fast friendship and gracefully fall in love. A trip to Amsterdam brings new revelations to them both as they struggle to fully live their now-changed lives and the results of terminal cancer.

Green transcends an issue that could have been trite and maudlin, and instead handles the issue of teen love, hope, and death with both sensitivity and integrity in the smart, well-written style of his previous books. Evoking emotion is something many authors can do; Green does it with intellect, elegance, and style.

This book about life, love, and death will take the reader to the edge of the ultimate question about life’s value and the significance of young love, and bring it in a realistic, genuine way.

Read another of Green’s book and compare the writing style. Look for similarities and differences and identify underlying themes repeated in the two books and explore his use of vocabulary and word play.

Other books for young people about dealing with dying and death:
Asher, Jay. THIRTEEN REASONS WHY. ISBN 9781595141880
Forman, Gayle. IF I STAY. ISNB 9780142415436

By Shirley Duke

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