I was having a really bad week, which urged me to go to one of the places that I loved: a bookstore. Seems cliche? Word-loving girl goes to the bookstore to escape from reality, okay, sure, that’s not the point. After much begging and to my sister’s horror that the book I wanted was going to cost her twenty dollars, I finally got myself ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green. Now, I’ve never read any writing by this famous author (which I probably should, I really want to read ‘Looking for Alaska’.) but for some reason I decided to pick this book up. I made a great choice.
So, after thanking my sister a million times and adding this to the list of debts I owe her (most of which I will repay by washing her dishes. Hurray for lenient sisters.), I crossed my legs in the car and opened the book, reading the inside of the jacket cover. At first, I thought the plot was extremely cliche and corny, and I wondered why everyone liked it so much. 16 year old girl named Hazel has cancer, meets boy that changes her life, etc. I mean, obviously the reader would know that they were going to fall in love. But hey, as my wife said to me one day, the interest lies in the adventure of how they came to love each other.
A few pages in and I was already thinking that every cent was worth it.
I’m in love with the way John Green writes.
I wish I had an interesting voice like him. He spins what seems to be cliches into something amazing, something intelligent, something really memorable. And I’ll thank the heavens if I ever get to be the writer he is today.
Anyway, on to the book. God, I have no idea where to start, honestly. I feel like it’d be an insult to the book to begin trying to summarize what I loved so much about it. It’s one that I’ll re-read for sure, and I honestly hardly re-read books unless it’s been years since the last read. It’s too good to fade away from my memory. I just want to soak up all of it; Augustus Waters, Hazel Grace Lancaster, An Imperial Affliction and Peter Van Houten, all of it, every single word of it.
This book really messed up my emotions, and this coming from the girl who read 4 Jodi Picoult books (master author of screwing up your emotions, honestly.)
I’ll post one of my favourite quotes soon, even if nobody reads it. I just want it there. John Green really had too many witty lines in the book, and I want to post them all but I’m afraid nobody will get if unless they read the book.
Read it if you can. Even if you don’t regularly read.
Well, I’ll be sitting all night thinking about this book.