Young love and the big C

John Green’s novel The Fault in Our Stars hit an amazing number of best-seller lists as well as topping recommendation lists in such august publications as The Guardian. What was it about this particular novel that hit such a chord? It’s about two young cancer patients. Hazel (Woodley) has secondary tumours in her lungs after an initial bout with thyroid cancer. She is permanently attached via a cannula to an oxygen tank that she carts around as if she’s just about to board an aircraft with take-on luggage. She’s unable to attend school, although she’s highly intelligent. Her mother (Dern) is concerned that she’s depressed and insists she attend a support group with other young sufferers.