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Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
I cannot express how much I loved The Fault in Our Stars. I totally didn’t expect to like John Green’s writing. I’d heard from a friend there are some crude things in at least one of his other books. I don’t do crude (no matter how realistically YA it might be) so I sort of forgot about it.
Then she recommended The Fault in Our Stars to me (Thanks, Christen!). Oh my word! I’d just like to publicly apologize to John Green for making an assumption before actually reading something he wrote. I read The Fault in Our Stars last year (before I even knew the movie was coming out) and it was unlike any book I’ve ever read.
Let’s get a couple things straight. Yes, The Fault in Our Stars is about teens with cancer. No, The Fault in Our Stars is not a “cancer book”. I feel I can speak freely on this a little because my mom passed away from cancer two years ago, and my grandmother before that. To put it bluntly-cancer sucks. And John Green captures that fact perfectly. He doesn’t tiptoe around the matter with a bunch of ooey gooey Lifetime television-type stuff. He writes cancer real. The constant-ER-trip, late-night-in-the-waiting-room, I-wish-everyone-would-stop-crying-every-time-they-see-me kind of cancer. Cancer from the perspective of a teenage girl who just wants to be normal. Who doesn’t want to be a walking time-bomb. Good read. Real read. Read it!
Why did I like The Fault in Our Stars?
A) Real characters with flaws. I know I say this a lot, but this element is key if I’m going to like a book. Hazel is jaded but undergoes transformation. Augustus is swoon-worthy and yet has his own issues (I won’t ruin it for you). I even related to the parents in this book. I’ve never had a child with cancer, but I had a parent with it. I could totally relate to Hazel’s mom in so many heart-wrenching ways.
B) Quick read. The Fault in Our Stars isn’t epic. You probably won’t see people dressed up like the characters lined up along the sidewalk outside the theater on opening day (I’m talking to YOU Darth Vader). It was just a good book. I read it in a day. I’ve heard authors say they don’t like hearing that for all the blood, sweat and tears they put into writing the book. Believe me, John Green, when I tell you this is the hugest compliment I can give you. Reading The Fault in Our Stars in one day means I didn’t clean or cook or do any of the normal mom and wife stuff. It means I cared more about finding out what happened to Hazel and Augustus than I cared about my hair.
C) It’s going to be a movie! Okay, so this is technically not a reason to like the book, but it sort of is. I mean, if the writing is good enough to become a movie, that says something, right? A book becoming a movie is the greatest treat ever for a reader such as myself. It means I get to see everything that’s been inside my head for the past year on the big screen. Yay! Happy birthday to me!
Okay fans of The Fault in Our Stars, I’ve got an awesome prize pack just for you! Enter via the Rafflecopter for your chance to win:
- A copy of The Fault in Our Stars ~ Movie Tie In Edition (Paperback)
- A $10 AMC gift card (delivered electronically) to use when the movie releases June 6th!
Enter through Tuesday, June 3rd. Winner will be announced in my June newsletter (so be sure to subscribe via the form at the bottom of this page).
What did you like best about The Fault in Our Stars? If you haven’t read it, why do you want to see the movie?
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