The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, is not a typical teen cancer book. It is told from the perspective of smart, sassy, and sarcastic Hazel Lancaster, a sixteen-year-old who likes reading poetry more than writing it (thus setting her apart from pretty much all teenagers, including my high school self). Hazel is an interesting enough character to carry a book without anything else, but central to the novel is her cancer. For Hazel, dying from her illness is not a question of if but when. Her limited days and her physical limitations are always present.