Day 29 – Saddest character death.

The Fault in Our Stars; John Green.

I can’t think of a way to write this that doesn’t have spoilers. This is an awesome–and tragic–book about a sixteen-year-old girl who almost died of cancer at thirteen. She’s been spared thanks to a miracle drug, and meets a boy at a Cancer Support Group who empowers her to truly live–including trying to track down the author of her favorite book, a book that ends mid-sentence.

But books about teenagers with cancer aren’t likely to have happy endings.

Here’s the spoiler:

(Seriously, read this book. It made me tear up but I loved it.)

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Why, why, why, did Gus have to die? It was terrible! It made perfect sense, of course, as Hazel was dying first, and so worried about being a grenade that would hurt everyone who loved her when she ‘exploded,’ i.e. died. I choked up and my eyes watered, and I had to blink them a bunch so I could keep reading.

The ending was satisfying, but still…

I wish books and real life could have happy endings. Including all the people dying from terminal diseases, especially those that die too young.

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

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