One of the less bullshitty conventions of the cancer kid genre is the Last Good Day convention, wherein the victim of cancer finds herself with some unexpected hours when it seems like the inexorable decline has suddenly plateaued, when the pain is for a moment bearable. The problem, of course, is that there's no way of knowing that your last good day, is your Last Good Day.
#1 The above quote from The Fault in our Stars summarizes much of the genius that is this book. It is a tale of two kids living with the end of their lives, every day. That might not seem like the stuff of airy fiction, but it's magical, painful, and at times so morbidly--and purposefully humorous--that I read it in just two sittings.
#2 The above quote, like much of the book, is an utter feast of ideas, recaptured thoughts, & re-digested concepts aimed to deal with death. Case in point: Quoting From David Foster Wallace's graduation speech titled "This is Water" "The story ["thing"] turns out to be one of the better, less bullshitty conventions of the genre, but if you're worried that I plan to present myself here as the wise, older fish explaining what water is to you younger fish, please don't be. I am not the wise old fish."
What to say about this book? If you are a teenager, read it. If you are an adult, it's YA lit, read it.
Oh, and I cried. Wept, even.