The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The story follows Hazel Grace, a 16-year-old with advanced thyroid cancer. An experimental treatment has prolonged her life, but with water in her lungs and a weak, fragile body, she has never felt like she is long for this world. She attends, reluctantly, a support group for other cancer-ridden teens: some still battling, like Hazel, and some cautious survivors, like newest member Augustus Waters.
A real barrel of laughs, right?
Except it is. It’s funny and remarkably clever. The characters, both the teens and the adults in their lives, are very real. They don’t talk like every sentence out of their mouth is a pithy platitude on life and death and existence and yet, somehow, truth is found. These are real people, dealing with some of the worst life has to offer and yet still living their lives, and finding joy and humor in the every-day. And somehow their every-day becomes extraordinary.