Hidy-ho bookworms! I hope you enjoyed this month’s pick, a teen love story featuring cancer, Amsterdam and a highly-antisocial author. John Green is truly a master of YA fiction and he didn’t disappoint. Just a note: if you didn’t have time to join in with this month’s read, this post will CONTAIN SPOILERS.
The Fault in Our Stars introduces us to our protagonist, Hazel, who has terminal cancer and a generally pessimistic view on life (who can blame her?). She attends a support group for other kids with cancer, mainly to please her over-protective mother. One day, at the support group, she meets a new boy, Augustus Waters. They are kindred spirits, who can connect on so many levels, besides their common battle with cancer. Through a series of interesting events, they end up together in Amsterdam, where they meet the author of Hazel’s favorite book. Once they return home, it becomes clear that Augustus is once again battling the cancer that he thought was gone. Even though their time together is finite, the two continue to grow and bond, forever changing one another and causing me to sob buckets along the way.
Seriously, John Green is the man. For one, I found this book (as with all his others) so highly entertaining and witty that it was hard to put down. And the quotes. If you’re in need of a few new inspirational quotes, read a John Green novel. Here’s just a taste of the ones I saved from The Fault in Our Stars:
“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”
“I believe the universe wants to be noticed. I think the universe is improbably biased toward the consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its elegance being observed. And who am I, living in the middle of history, to tell the universe that it-or my observation of it-is temporary?”
Needless to say, I loved this book. It filled me with hope and made me feel ALIVE. This is one thing I find adult fiction often lacks; the authors get so wrapped up in facts and relationships, they bog the story down and forget about reading this book will make the readers feel. Like the famous quote goes, “No one will ever forget how you made them feel”. The same can be said for books, and I know that when I read John Green I will always feel on fire.
What did you think of The Fault in Our Stars? Were you as moved as me? And, don’t forget to leave your suggestions for our April pick!