The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
"Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten."- summary from Amazon
Yes, I just read this book after it's been out for two and a half years because of the movie. Deal with it. It wasn't just because of the movie though; I've been meaning to read this for AGES. It's actually my first full John Green book (I technically got a little taste from reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson) even though I also own Katherines and Paper Towns. And obviously, I've heard wonderful things about all of his books, but especially The Fault in Our Stars.
I really can't say anything that hasn't already been said about the book. It's funny, real, heart-wrenching, full of wonderfully developed characters, etc. I particularly loved Hazel's voice and while I don't have terminal cancer, I did/do have cancer and really connected with her and Augustus on that level and dealing with it, both internally and externally. Like everyone else has said, it's a cancer book that's not about cancer; the cancer is used as an aspect of the two characters and doesn't define them in any way. It's simply another thing to deal with.
Overall, Green did a wonderful job with this book and it really makes me excited to read his other books in the near future. I am of course also excited for the movie this weekend and cannot wait to see it. It's going to be so much fun.
FTC: Borrowed book from library. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.