After reading all of the astoundingly positive reviews for John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, I eagerly bought it for my Nook to read on our long road trip to Baltimore. Now, I must let you know that I rarely ever actually buy books for my Nook. I usually just wait and download them for free from my public library (which is awesome, by the way). However, I thought that this book was going to be important enough to spend a little money on. And, well, I was right.
This is not the type of book that you think it’s going to be from its plot description. When I tried describing it to Kevin, I said something like, “It’s about two teenagers who have cancer and fall in love”. The premise makes it sound so unimaginative and dull which could not be further from the truth.
It’s about so much more than just that. This book is about loss, hope, anger, humor, courage, acceptance, beauty, as well as all the normal complications that go along with being a teenager and in love. John Green somehow manages to make you emotionally invested in his characters in an impressively small period of time. By the end of the first chapter, I was ferociously rooting for the star-crossed Hazel and Augustus. Certainly, as a high school teacher, there were some moments in the novel where it was hard for me to imagine such articulate and brilliant teenagers; but then again, Augustus and Hazel weren’t supposed to be your average teenagers. So, it worked.
As I mentioned, I read this book on a road trip with Kevin. I was so engrossed, I forgot that it was well-past my turn to take the wheel. I think he could tell how crucial it was for me to finish this book. He didn’t say a word. Maybe it was the intermittent crying and exclamatory “Oh my God’s” that convinced him to keep quiet. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the beautiful writing in this book. This thing is full of quotable passages that are begging to be highlighted.
In short, you must read this book. It will be slightly painful and hard for you to get over, but I promise you it will be worth it. If you do read it (or already have), tell me your thoughts on it!