This isn’t so much a book review as it is my rambling thoughts. I probably should have typed it up right after finishing the book because at that point I was broiling with emotions. I wanted to let it settle, but I’ve waited too long. I want to discuss a few ideas so please chime in in the comments.

Whenever I read John Green I become this big blob of hormones. I cry, I laugh, I’m completely jealous of his characters and his abilities as a writer, I want to scream, and I can’t put the book down until I’m finished. It’s a complete overload of feeling. I love his books, but I can’t read them too close together because his characters feel like the same people from book to book. The plots change, and I am still totally sucked in, but the characters all seem the same: angsty, overly vocabulary-capable (if that makes sense), too smart for their own good teenagers.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green young adult novel

But the parents in The Fault in Our Stars, oh the parents. I loved them. They weren’t nonexistent, they weren’t distant and silly, they were there. Does anybody else find that annoying in young adult books? Parents are a big part of kids lives, even if they are distant and irresponsible. They still have huge impact.

The way he dealt with cancer was just, wow. I could not have done that. It was raw. But not awkward. And getting to see how a cancer kid treats another cancer kid while commiserating together over the way people without cancer react. It was simply well done.

I highly recommend this book (and John Green’s other stuff) to anyone wanting to get into the young adult market who hasn’t before. I always give my copy of Looking for Alaska to young adult newbies.