“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” – J. Green
–You’ll fall in love with this book the same way. It isn’t a story about cancer. It’s not a story about a sick person changing a healthy person’s life. It’s not about a lot of things. But it is a love story – the most honest and sincere kind of story that exists. Some might argue that love stories are written all the time, so why bother with this one?
Firstly, The Fault in Our Stars has become a teen and YA obsession lately, with a new movie that’s exploding the box office, selling crazy merchandise with its famous stick-with-you quotes, and is turning a generation of “non-readers” into one that orders their coffee under the names of “Gus” and “Hazel.” As a school library media specialist, let me assure you, my job is not to make sure that books stay in print for the next twenty years. Secret: my job is to make sure that students are reading (in whatever form) – and loving every minute of it. This book is starting to help me do my job – and do it well. The teen, and yes, even young adult generations are so afraid to be without media that reading a book for pleasure seems an old-fashioned idea. But author John Green has found a way to break down this wall (even for a few hours) and give students and other young people something that they don’t get to experience very often: hope. It’s making young people turn pages, and making me more excited by the minute. One of my past English students called me a few weeks ago to tell me that the poem, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock was used in the book. A little smile crossed my face. My students loathed that poem. And now they’re going back to their English notes and connecting its ideas with this love story. I received a five-page essay the following week about the poem’s connection to the story as well as the student’s personal life. Like… whaaaaatt?! …A much bigger smile.
Secondly, I’ve read a bunch of bad love stories. I know I would rather live a love story than to read one. But this one – it’s different. Sometimes you wonder if people know what it really feels like to be in love. (Personally, my fingers really really hurt when I’m in love – to the bones.) And not just feelings, but you wonder if there’s a way to put how much you love someone into words. This story does. It makes me hope that love like this exists… the kind where you both feel pure – magic. It really is one sick love story.
Now, get reading. Then count your blessings. If you’d like to thank me, I accept all forms of currency.
Gary gives it every paw, and a double high-five.
“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world… but you do have some say in who hurts you.” – J. Green
Honors and Awards:
TODAY Book Club pick
TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
#1 USA Today Bestseller
#1 International Bestseller
#1 Indie Bestseller