This is once again a paid review for Blogher Book Club. I am sure you all know this by now, but I am suppose to include it on every paid post. My thoughts and opinions are my very own. I wouldn't tell you I liked a book if I didn't. I pinky promise.
So I already had The Fault in Our Stars on my GoodReads list before the BlogHer email went out that it was a book club selection. That is the first time that has happened. A book I was planning to read came up on the list and I get to get PAID for reading it. And I get a free copy! In a strange way it felt like blogging was FINALLY paying off. SCORE.
If you haven't yet heard of The Fault in Our Stars, it was released with a relatively large amount of Internet hype because the author is John Green, who is sorta well known in this crazy internet world. I have personally never read any of his books and do not subscribe to his YouTube channel, so I had no preconceived love Mr Green before opening this book. I now have a desire to read anything and everything he has ever written. This book is that good.
The Fault in Our Stars is the story of Hazel Grace, a teenage girl living with (but also dying of) cancer. It is written in her voice, and oh how beautiful her voice is. They are other amazing characters, Augustus being the most important. The story is actually theirs, Hazel and Gus. And it is a story of love and connection, of limited time and what you do with it. Of not letting a disease define you. Of living beyond a sickness. I loved Hazel. I loved Augustus. I loved her parents and their friends. I found myself doing exactly what Hazel did in the story, looking for what happens beyond the final page of a favorite book. When I read the last words on the last page, I thought of what happens next, how they go on. How life continues. because really, that is the point of The Fault in Our Stars. That life continues, no matter what. And we are all just along for the ride.
The Fault in Our Stars is heartbreaking but beautiful. I had originally question if I wanted to read a book about cancer, but this isn't exactly that. It is just about life. And is was worth the tears I cried when reading it.
We will be discussing The Fault in Our Stars over the next several weeks with BlogHer Book Club. We would love it if you joined the conversation!