Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars

Do you know what you were doing on Thursday, January 12, 2012?

Sometimes this journal keeping thing comes in handy.

The mail arrived and I received a copy of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars which I (along with thousands of others) had pre-ordered. Green signed every pre-ordered copy of the book (over 150,000 books). I spent the afternoon reading through the novel at one sitting. Now, I fully understand that John Green's niche market is generally considered to be high school females, but regardless of your age or gender, Green's ability to tell a story is impressive. The Fault in Our Stars relates the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a bookish teenager who is facing Stage 4 thyroid cancer which has spread to her lungs. When Hazel meets Augustus Waters at a cancer support group for teenagers, both their lives change forever. The novel is a great story about living life in the face of challenges and the notion that each person's life has at least a momentary impact. The book deals with mature themes and shows people living with illness as human beings. Whether cancer (as in the novel) or with mental illness (in my own life), people who are dealing with the realities of long-term illness want to be seen as whole persons and to not be solely defined by their diagnosis. Gus helps Hazel see the world in a new way and their relationship becomes a genuine expression of friendship as well as romantic love.
The book has been a bestseller for the past two years and was Time's Book of the Year in 2012. Due to its success, the novel has been turned into a major motion picture to be released in June. The trailer is below and also links to purchase the book for Kindle and in print.
Expecting cold and freezing rain? A book might be just the best way to spend the weekend.

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