I've been struggling with how to review this book. I mean no disrespect to John Green, but...
Dear John Green,
Fuck you. Fuck you for creating two characters who just wormed themselves into my heart and then broke it wide open. I bawled like a baby.
And I'll read everything you ever write.
I mean, damn! Teenagers aren't supposed to be this erudite and witty and funny and, and, waaaaahhh - that actually makes the end of the book even harder to read! On the other hand, having known cancer kids from all walks of life (I volunteered with the first Dance Marathons at the University of Iowa), I don't find it so odd that Hazel and Gus are this sharp. A kid who is largely isolated from his/her peers and given a great deal of alone time due to illness, as Hazel demonstrates on her shopping trip with a friend, is actually pretty likely to develop a crack wit and an advanced education. There really isn't much to do in the hospital at times except homework and sharpening your wit on the medical staff.
And because I laughed as well as cried, here are two great quotes:
Osteosarcoma sometimes takes a limb to check you out. Then, if it likes you, it takes the rest. (p18)
(Off topic, but: What a slut time is. She screws everybody.) (p112)