Stuck on ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ wait-list? Check out these titles

By Manhattan Public Library

With the acclaim of both the book and the resultant movie, “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Gree is the hot book to read this summer for teens and adults alike.

Unfortunately, due to its popularity, there is a waiting list to check out the book from the library.

However, there are a number of great books to read while you are waiting your turn.

One such book is “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” by Jesse Andrews. Greg and Earl, social outcasts at school, spend their free time making their own versions of cult movie classics by Herzog and Coppola.

Their movies are terrible, but Greg and Earl aren’t making them for other people, until Rachel comes along.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia, and Greg’s mom guilts him into befriending her. When Rachel decides to stop her cancer treatment, Greg and Earl make a film that forces them to step into the spotlight.

The book is humorous and moving with a sarcastic tone.

“Before I Fall” by Lauren Oliver is another good choice. Samantha Kingston is a popular high school senior at the top of the social pyramid.

She and her best friends rule the school.

On February 12, Cupid Day, Sam expects to party with her friends and receive Valentine roses.

What she least expects, is to die.

After a fatal car accident, Sam wakes up and relives the last day of her life seven times, seeing how her choices, even seemingly insignificant ones, can change everything. Oliver’s emotionally intense debut novel is compelling and lyrical.

In “The Probability of Miracles” by Wendy Wunder, sixteen-year-old Cam has spent much of her life battling cancer.

She has just been informed by doctors that there is no treatment left. What she needs is a miracle. Not willing to admit defeat, however, Cam’s mother relocates the family from Florida to Promise, Maine, where miracles are supposedly regular occurrences. Sarcastic, cynical, Cam has little interest in this venture and has long ago walled herself off from living.

The real miracle may be that she learns how to open herself up to love again. Bittersweet, sarcastic, witty, and moving. Keep the Kleenex nearby.

If you haven’t read “Wonder” by R. J. Palaccio yet, don’t delay! Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman was born with severe facial deformities.

Over the years, he has learned to deal with the horrified reactions he receives from strangers everywhere he goes.

But now, after being homeschooled his whole life, his parents have enrolled him in a private middle school. While Auggie just wants to be seen as an ordinary kid, how will his classmates and teachers react?

The book is told in Auggie’s first person narrative and, also, in the voices of family members and classmates, demonstrating how Auggie’s life affects everyone around him. Although this is written for kids, don’t let that deter you from reading it.

In turns it will horrify you, make you laugh, make you cry, and give you hope.

In “Second Chance Summer” by Morgan Matson, Taylor’s family has received the devastating news that her dad has been diagnosed with untreatable, pancreatic cancer.

Now, all they have is one final summer left together at their cabin in the Poconos. Taylor is not looking forward to the trip.

Not only does she have to deal with the crushing grief as she watches her dad’s declining health, but she will also have to face people she thought she left in the past, like her former best friend, Lucy, and her first crush, Henry.

This novel is bittersweet, heart-wrenching, humorous, and beautifully written.

Stop by the library and check one of these out today! Find a complete list of read alikes for “The Fault in Our Stars” in the Young Adult area.

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