It’s getting to be that time (fingers crossed) that you might want to start making a list of books to read in a lounge chair in your backyard or even by the pool (MIchigan has a while to go before we get there, unfortunately, but hey, it might actually be nice where you live). If you haven’t read this book yet, this is one to add to your must-read list.
I fell in love with John Green when I read Looking for Alaska, and my love for him only grew stronger when I read a copy of The Fault in Our Stars.
There is a tremendous list of reasons that I adore John Green’s work, but I must say, one of the reasons I recommend his work to everyone is that he has that uncanny gift of making everyone who reads his book feel like he or she was the exact target audience for the book, whether they are a teenager or a senior citizen. His books feel like they were written just for you. As one of the most celebrated Young Adult authors of recent years, he obviously knows how to capture a young audience, but his razor-sharp wit, his cunning wordplay, and the vast knowledge he gives his young characters will have you hooked in the first few pages; I guarantee it.
Now here’s where I have to get all technical and admit it is, in fact, a book about teenage cancer patients. I know, I know. It’s hard to commit to picking up a book like that, because you know you are putting your heart at risk of being completely demolished, but I promise you — it is worth it. The beauty of this novel, the amazing characters, everything — it is worth having to think about your own mortality or that of your children. It is not one of those books that piles it on, trying to make you feel miserable, it just happens to be about cancer.
In case you hadn’t figured it out, I love this book and recommend it wholeheartedly. Please read the story of Hazel and Augustus and consider the forces of love, pain, loss, and acceptance in your life. You won’t regret it.