Rating out of five: 3.8
Summary in a sentence: Two absurdly articulate kids with cancer find love and deal with the ephemeral nature of life.
Loved: -Hazel’s inner monologue and her candid portrayal of illness.
- Hazel’s and Gus’s parents.
-All of the girlish lines that I couldn’t help hearing in John Green’s voice.
Hated: -Peter van Houten’s horribly affected style of writing/speaking. The fact that it was praised by Green’s characters as near-genius was every bit as grating.
- How attractive the main characters are. I’m well aware that beautiful characters are a staple of the YA genre, but the persistence of the motif bugs me.
“I’m fine,” I said. “Just listening. Hurdlers?”
“Yeah, hurdlers. I don’t know why. I just started thinking about them running their hurdle races, and jumping over these totally arbitrary objects that had been set in their path. And I wondered if the hurdlers ever thought, you know, this would go a lot faster if we just got rid of the hurdles.”
Recommended for: Nerdfighters. Fans of YA with a little more substance than the genre is typically known for.