Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

 
 
 Provided via Publisher at Book Expo America - Publisher: Dutton Books  - Release Date: 1/10/12


Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
FLASHBACK: June 2012 - BEA time
 
"Micki, it's Steph - I just finished this incredible book, by John Green, The Fault in Our Stars! It has to be your next book!" 
 
 
Soooo, I pulled out my signed copy of The Fault in Our Stars  (I met John Green at BEA 2012... What a super-nice guy!  He took the time to chat with Steph and I and posed for pictures with us. He even thanked us for waiting in line!)
 
Then, I started reading...Kids with cancer...no way...

Me: "Steph - What the hell?! Why would you recommend this? I can't read about kids getting sick. I can't handle that." 

Steph: "Just keep reading...trust me." 

Me: "Alright...but if kids die....I'm going to be super pissed at you!"

Steph: "Ummm..."
 
I opened the book...I smiled...I laughed...I sighed...I cried.....I sobbed uncontrollably.  I couldn't stop reading! Beautiful Hazel and sweet Gus. As the reader, I felt more like an unobtrusive observer of something so breathtakingly beautiful - and yet so extremely frightening. This incredibly brave story of two teenagers' battle with cancer - taking chances, opening their hearts, finding love - on a journey together...just trying to be normal teenagers.
 
Then, I read the last page...I was shocked, mad and angry. Yes, I cried myself to sleep. Then, after some much needed rest, with new insight, it hit me: WOW - John Green is an absolutely brilliant writer! 

John Green, left me with my heart in my hands, begging for a different ending. This incredible story is a reminder: our life is our own, but it is without promises. We are not guaranteed health, happiness, minutes, months or years.  Sometimes we have to be reminded to open our hearts and bring something to share. Make each moment count... not just for yourself.
 
So, for me, The Fault in Our Stars is a must-read for teen thru 154.  But, let me give you some advice (which Steph neglected to share with me):  Even if you are not a reader that usually cries...keep the tissues within reach just in case. However, if you are like my friend Victoria, who cries over commercials, then...curl up by yourself with a blanket, grab two boxes of tissues and prepare for the flood!
 
Thank you John Green, for reminding me, the time we are given, short or long...is a gift.


 

 
 

4 comments:

  1. Micki and I arm wrestled over who would do this review (you see who won) But, I have to put my two cents in soooo...

    For the record :)

    1. John Green was amazing! When I told him "I'm sure you have heard this a million times, but The Fault in Our Stars really touched me."

    He replied "Actually, I don't hear that all of the time. Thank you" (Paraphrase)

    So humble that Mr. Green, you know he has legions people crying on their book jackets while standing in line for a signing almost every day.)

    2. Cancer or no, I was right about the must-read :)

    3. Okay... I didn't give Micki a heads-up about the tear-jerking aspect. But, really, she's not much of a crier, so... And also, I didn't want to ruin it. And furthermore, kids with cancer, come on, you gotta have an inkling...

    4. What Micki didn't tell you is that her husband, Neal, thought she was bi-polar while she was reading The Fault in Our Stars because she would alternately laugh out loud and sob uncontrollably while reading it next to him in bed. :)

    5. This book is flippin' amazing and if you haven't read it yet after all this time, then get a copy, call in sick, send the kids to Grandma's, put your phone on silent, lock the door, grab some tissues and get to reading! What are you waiting for?!!!

    Steph

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  2. I read and then recommended this book to many people I know. I apologized later for not warning them about the need for boxes of tissues, but like you said, it's about kids and cancer so you are kind of forewarned. I now have several of John's other books waiting on my "to read" bookcase(s)and can't wait to dig into them.

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