Since this is my first post about books, I'll admit something...dark...and a little tragic. I'm a twihard or rather I was at one time. I liked Twilight. I waited in the lines for the books at the age of 21 and I on occasion was jealous of that fumbling idiot, Bella. Was it the literary equivalent of "The Great Gatsby?" No, that's like saying that Chili's and Applebee's are fine dining establishments. But you know what I do enjoy the shrimp tacos at Chili's kind of how I liked imagining that I was a glittery vampire who lived forever and actually had a car with a radio (yes, my car has no radio, but that's a tale for a different time). I have come to the conclusion that Twilight got a bad rap for being so popular. And it might have been that the writing is not all to great, but my point is that you should not pass something by simply because of its status on the best seller list. Then I would have never picked up...
"A Fault In our Stars" by John Green
Everyone in my young adult fiction class raved about this book by John Green. Which tweaked something in my brain to think it was probably kind of stupid. I had read "Will Grayson Will Grayson," which I enjoyed, but did not find rave worthy material. I like young adult fiction that doesn't remind me that I have grown out of the actual age group that it is intended for. "The Fault in Our Stars," however is more about human beings in general that it is about a specific age group.
We've all heard of don't judge a book by its cover, but also don't judge a book by its popularity. (Negative or Positive) The novel is a boy meets girl book, but there is a few additions that shake the plot up. First of all the boy, Augustus is in remission while Hazel, our heroine, is terminal. When they meet at a support group and Hazel admits to Augustus that her only wish is meeting the author of her most beloved book and an adventure unfolds.
Some of my favorite quotes from the book.
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
“There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”
“I'm a grenade and at some point I'm going to blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties, okay?”
---You will laugh, cry, and cry some more. So go. Read it. NOW! (=