I just finished reading some reviews on Barnes and Noble’s website for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I love Green’s work. It’s young adult fiction, but he is so clever and nerdy and has such a dry wit that he makes me laugh out loud. What has annoyed me so much about the negative reviews on the website are the comments that the book is 1) unrealistic and 2) teens don’t talk that way. Well, the book is fiction! If things in the 16-year-old cancer world are not EXACTLY the way depicted in the book, so what? And let me tell you, plenty of teenagers DO talk like Gus and Hazel, and they obsess over authors and movies and TV shows and tumblr and anime and sports and boyfriends/girlfriends or whatever. Teens are intense. This book has gotten well-deserved accolades this year. Enjoy this book for what it is – well-written and thought-provoking teen fiction.