Go. Buy a copy of this book. NOW!
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (Dutton, 9780525478812, $17.99, for ages 14 and up)
From the publisher: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
One of the perks of being a bookseller is often you get to read a book before the general public. This is one of those times I was truly honored (I have a bound manuscript). You will laugh and cry and ache for the characters in this book. John Green is a genius. Who else can have a teen character spout the phrase "metaphorical resonance" and make it believable -- and sexy? Who else can make you think while making you laugh? Or sprinkle obscure facts about the Netherlands and quotes from Shakespeare and T.S. Eliot throughout a contemporary teen novel?
Be forewarned: you will never again hear Yoda's famous quote ("There is no try. Only do.") without it ripping your heart out.
Just so you know. Okay? Okay.
Now go. Read. And come back and tell me what you thought!