As part of Hollywood Crush's Best YA Novel of 2012 poll, we've enlisted a handful of our favorite teen lit writers to weigh in on the tomes that touched them this year. Next up is Sarah Dessen, whose "The Moon and More" hits bookstores June 2013.
Often when I am asked to pick a favorite of anything, I’m totally unable to do it. I can only get so far as lists of three or five things I love and can’t decide between before promptly giving up. (Much to the chagrin of whoever asked me to do the task in the first place.) When it comes to my Favorite YA Book of 2012, however, I know the answer immediately: It’s John Green’s "The Fault in Our Stars." I loved this book so much. I feel like I know the characters as well as my own friends, I remember the tiniest details, and I can’t even write or talk about it without tearing up. (In fact, it’s happening right now. Honestly.)
This is a book about all the big things—life, love, death, art—that also manages to touch your heart in the smallest, yet most powerful, ways. I’ve known John for a while now, but I haven’t seen him since I read this book, and I fear I might be star struck when we do next cross paths. It’s that good.