5 out of 5 stars
There’s been so much that’s been said about this book already, that I’ll keep it brief.
1. Yes, there were times when I had trouble buying not only the premise, but the main characters of this story — two cancer-stricken teens who talk like well-educated, elitist literature majors, who fall in love, deal with the heartbreak of their friends and families, and take a trip of their lifetime (sponsored by a make-a-wish-like-foundation). There are a couple of scenes where the way they’re talking, the way they’re acting, are soooooo beyond their years and such kind-of perfected examples of what a perfect person/character would be like, that it’s a bit distracting from the overall story/how believable the story was.
2. That said, the story is moving enough, the characters real *enough* that it’s hard to mind its small imperfections. It’s an engrossing, involving read. As a teacher/tutor, I find that even some of my most recalcitrant students, who “just don’t like books” loved this one, that alone makes it five stars. Beyond that, I truly enjoyed it despite small moments that kicked me out of the story. It’s a wonderfully written, compelling novel deserving of the hype.