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How do teenagers interpret the cancer experience?

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Air date: December 30, 2012

Host: Barbara Lewis

Cancer Healthcare Policy & Public Health
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Interview: John Green, author of the "The Fault in Our Stars."

“The Fault in Our Stars” is being heralded as a masterpiece of young adult fiction, but according to many reviewers, it has the potential to connect with readers beyond the young adult audience. Its plot depicts the journey of an Indiana girl, Hazel Lancaster, who is battling cancer with an unfailing sense of irony and finds love with Augustus Waters, a boy in remission from cancer who she meets in a cancer support group. In uncharacteristic fashion for a so-called cancer book, Hazel provides a refreshingly honest and mature insight into her experience as a cancer patient. Cancer booklets and websites are wrong, says Hazel, who has terminal thyroid cancer, "Depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying." John Green, author of “The Fault in Our Stars” and recipient of the National Author Award in the 2012 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award competition, shares his inspiration behind his novel and his thoughts on clichés associated with cancer patients.

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