Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Must Read: The Fault in Our Stars

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This is one of those books that I absolutely had to read before the movie came out.  I had heard so many things about it from friends, and it's been on my "list" for about a year now.  Once I got into this book, I was so emotionally invested in the characters that I just had to finish it within a few days.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a tremendous work of fiction for young adults and adults alike.  This is one of those books that defies age, though it revolves around a young high school aged girl and boy.  If you've heard anything about it (which if you are a reader, you most certainly have), you may have heard, "OMG it's sooo sad." I kind of resent diving into a book under the pretense that it's going to make me "sob for days," because then if I don't "sob for days" I feel like I have no soul.  And in fact, no, I did not sob, though there were a few tears that gently streamed down my face during an emotional moment or two.  Is that because it was over the top dramatic?  Most certainly not, which I was very happy about.  John Green does an excellent job of making characters with severe illness and disability as relate-able as the girl and boy next door.  Is this a cancer novel?  In the way that its main characters have cancer, yes.  The characters, however, must conquer life beyond their inevitable downfalls and truly live.  That is the beauty in The Fault in Our Stars.  Though life for Hazel and Augustus provides very little hope, it does provide happiness, dreams, and love.  I hope the movie can do justice to this awe-inspiring story!

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