I wish that I could send this book to all of you. Since I can't, I hope that you will immediately go to your library or Amazon or bookstore and buy it for yourself. I first heard about The Fault in our Stars by John Green a couple of years ago. Classified as a young adult novel, it is a story of teenagers with cancer who meet at a support group. From that description, I figured that hell out freeze over before I was interested.
Then each of my daughters told me about it. Each said something like: "I never read cancer books, and I never read young adult fiction, but I loved this book. You have to read it." I didn't. We have a family tradition on Mother's Day that the three of us give each other a book, and The Fault in our Stars was a gift to me this year. Feeling stuck, after all it was a Mother's Day gift, I started it. As promised, it is beautifully written; I am going around quoting phrases and wishing that I could ever think so beautifully. Yesterday morning at the gym, I laughed aloud while reading it, and this morning I choked back sobs. Might not be the best book to read on the elliptical machine.
Here are some review comments:
CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR THE FAULT IN OUR STARS:
“Damn near genius . . . The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it’s also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness.” —Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine
“This is a book that breaks your heart—not by wearing it down, but by making it bigger until it bursts.”
“A story about two incandescent kids who will live a long time in the minds of the readers who come to know them.”
“Remarkable . . . A pitch-perfect, elegiac comedy.”
“A smarter, edgier Love Story for the Net Generation.”
“Because we all need to feel first love again. . . . Sixteen-year-old Hazel faces terminal cancer with humor and pluck. But it isn’t until she meets Augustus in a support group that she understands how to love or live fully.”
—Oprah.com, a Best Book selection and one of “5 Books Every Woman Needs to Read Before Her Next Birthday”
“[Green’s] voice is so compulsively readable that it defies categorization. You will be thankful for the little infinity you spend inside this book.”
Please read it.