I had previously read a book by John Green ("An Abundance of Katherines" and I thought it was complete literary garbage. But after reading so many good reviews and so much hype for this book I thought I would give it a try. Here goes:
Girl has cancer and meets a boy who had cancer at a church-sponsored cancer support group. They fall in love until... cancer. The story isn't really much more than that, but I liked it. Green gives these characters depth and personalities and unlike his other stories, I found myself cheering for them. The writing isn't anything spectacular, but what would you expect from John Green, but it does flow at a nice pace. The only problem I have with this book is that I feel it was written (and heralded) for one reason: cancer. Having read the book around 2 years ago and watching the movie around a year ago, I feel that he pulls the reader's heartstrings which makes the book seem better than it actually is.
If you're looking for a tearjerker of a book and you happen to like young adult love stories, pick this up. I've read a total of three John Green novels and this is the only one I would take home if they all sat in a dusty box marked "Books - 5 cents" at my local Goodwill.
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