Despite being in middle and high school when most of John Green’s books came out, I’ve never read any of them. After seeing how interesting he is as a person on social media, I wanted to try his writing out so I started with The Fault in Our Stars.
This book hurts. It’s about kids with cancer, so you know it’s going to hurt going in, but it still hurts. It’s vaguely philosophical, but in the kind of outlandish way teenagers think. The story is a beautiful attempt to distill the experience of being in love into a few months of extremely difficult life experience. Reading this is painful, but it’s a good kind of pain.