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Let's Book Club > The Fault in Our Stars

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Despite my roommate telling me that John Greene's best seller The Fault in Our Stars is unbearably depressing and may make you think you have cancer, I had to read it. That novel is a tear jerker. A beautifully written, raw emotion filled, Tear Jerker. It was amazing. You may have seen my latest pins featuring some favorite quotes from the novel and I've obviously already googled author interviews and analyses of the book, but I had to share about it here as well.

It's a modern love story about two teenagers who fall for each other while in the midst of battling cancer. You can't help but feel connected to the two of them and be silently rooting for their story to end happy. This is of course not possible. The grief stricken ending (spoiler? SRY MY B) helps to examine a central notion through the book that you can choose who hurts you, but you can't avoid the hurt. At the end of the day, you pick whether or not to follow the person you fall in love with. And that's what allows you to get hurt. It's an interesting concept. Can you help who you fall in love with? Especially if it means an inevitable heartbreak at the end? Falling in love is a risk - a risk that both Gus and Hazel accepted and did not regret.

Put perfectly: "You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who does the hurting" - John Greene, The Fault in Our Stars

Seriously, go read the book. The movie comes out in 2014 - I will see you at the theater with a big ole box of tissues. #ILoveGus

2 comments

  1. I had a hard time getting through it! I actually didn't finish. Maybe I'll go back and try again.

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    1. Really!? I FLEW through it - I loved it. I need another book rec - send them my way girl!

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