I've always wondered by why John Green is considered a rock star in the YA-lit community. Now I know why.
His characters are so true to themselves. Their experience is real and the reader knows it. I laughed where Pudge and his friends executed their prank on the Weekday Warriors. I felt butterflies in my tummy when Alaska flirted with him. My heart broke when tragedy struck. I cried as they grieved. I sighed with hope when I read the last line: "I don't know where there is, but I believe it's somewhere, and I hope it's beautiful." Simply amazing.
I am so glad this book is part of my 40 x 40 challenge. I wish there were books like this when I was growing up. I understand why this book would be challenged, but I believe this is one that must be defended against controversy. I wouldn't have any issue with this being taught at my children's high school when they get to that point in their lives.
The copy I read for this challenge was purchased at a discount store. (The madness!)