Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Well-Read Wednesday: The Fault in Our Stars

I read John Green's The Fault in our Stars for 3 reasons:

It had a cool cover. It had an intriguing title. It was by John Green (author of Looking for Alaska, which I recently read and loved).

I knew NOTHING about the book, or the rave reviews it was getting, or what it was about. I didn't even read the flap copy, I just dove in. And now that I've finished it, I might just declare it the best book I have ever read.

I'm not kidding.

When you read one of the best books you've ever read, well it is hard to describe it. You find yourself thinking and thinking about it. This book just took my breath away. I laughed out loud, I cried out loud, I mourned the loss of it when I'd finished. I fell in love with characters and places and dilemmas that were not real, except they are.

I'm not the only one who loves this book. To date, it has no less than 4 star reviews on That is amazing.

It is wonderfully well-written. The plot is both heartbreaking and humorous. The characters are flawed and love-able and real and dying, which is partly what the book is about. Hazel Grace has terminal cancer, and yet is not a just a cancer book. It is a book about loving and being alive. Hazel feels guilt for the financial burden she's been to her parents. She mourns that, having spent most of their time and earthly energy fighting a disease, she'll probably never change the world. She'll be remembered only by those who love her. It is the plight of most of us: we are obscure, and yet, we aren't. None of us are.

I could go on and on about this book, but I won't. I'll just tell you to read it and read it now. It will change you. Good fiction can and does.

"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings."

                                                                       -- Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141)


Raree said...

Dibs on borrowing that book from you first! Unless the library has it . . . :)

farmgirl said...

I LOVE well read Wednesday! Can't wait to read this one. Planning a trip to the library tomorrow, I'm gonna see if it's there. WooHoo.

FYI I think the worst part of a fabulous book is when you get near the end and realize if you keep reading it's going to be over soon, but if you don't keep reading you'll never finish. It's a real dilemma. :o)

Heather said...

ok - putting it on my "to read" list.

I also wanted to say that I really appreciate your comments now and then about your mom and about missing her. This may sound crazy but it makes me feel better about my role as a mother

Julie W said...

I loved this book as well. Some of the best books written are for young adults. Do I still qualify?

Ratchfords said...

My only regret about this book was that I finished it on an airplane, trying to stifle my sobs from the stranger sitting beside me! Great book - thanks so much for the recommendation!