Friday, December 21, 2012

Hot Book of 2012: The Fault in Our Stars

If you haven't been totally asleep to the book world recently, you'll have noticed that The Fault in Our Stars is EVERYWHERE on the 2012 versions of the Best of the Year and Must Read and Give To People That You Know And Love for Christmas book lists. 

So.... Have you read it yet? Because if you haven't, I'm going to join my voice with the crowd of others and tell you that you SHOULD! Because a book wouldn't make it on all of these lists for no reason, right? (Unless the book is titled The Casual Vacancy, but that's a different story.) 

In short, it's about two kids who have/had cancer... Hazel (miraculously in remission for the time being) and Augustus (also called Gus, charming, handsome, and into Hazel) meet at cancer kids support group. Their surprising relationship is an adventure full of what would be normal experiences for others, but are new and exciting for them. Through their eyes, it feels new and exciting to the reader too... With major moments of discovering how the way you take on life and sickness defines you and the people who knew you. 

Here's a quick repost of my review: 

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wonderfully witty despite the deep topic. This will definitely be an emotional read for those who have had cancer touch their lives in one way or another. Green has a special talent for creating characters that you can't help caring about--these ones are charming and funny and youthfully optimistic about their situation. I just really cared about them! So much that I found myself crying and feeling right along with them.

Not giving anything away here, but the twist near the end threw me for a loop- and I felt like that reversal in situation was the best part of the book. And even though some parts and characters felt vaguely familiar to those who have read John Green before, it was a wonderful read. A very satisfying book to spend some time with.

Those of you who have read it, here's some fun stuff:

The book trailer:

An amazing interview with John Green on Goodreads:

And.... I recommend following John Green on Twitter @realjohngreen. He's hilarious.

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