Thursday, January 9, 2014

'Read the Book First' Friday ~ The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
About the book:
Gr 9 Up-
"It's not fair," complains 16-year-old Hazel from Indiana. "The world," says Gus, her new friend from her teen support group, "is not a wish-granting factory." Indeed, life is not fair; Hazel and Gus both have cancer, Hazel's terminal. Despite this, she has a burning obsession: to find out what happens to the characters after the end of her favorite novel. An Imperial Affliction by Dutch author Peter Van Houten is about a girl named Anna who has cancer, and it ends in mid-sentence (presumably to indicate a life cut short), a stylistic choice that Hazel appreciates but the ambiguity drives her crazy. Did the "Dutch Tulip Man" marry Anna's mom? What happened to Sisyphus the Hamster? Hazel asks her questions via email and Van Houten responds, claiming that he can only tell her the answers in person. When she was younger, Hazel used her wish-one granted to sick children from The Genie Foundation-by going to Disney World. Gus decides to use his to take Hazel to Amsterdam to meet the author. Like most things in life, the trip doesn't go exactly as anticipated. Van Houten is a disappointment, but Hazel, who has resisted loving Gus because she doesn't want to be the grenade that explodes in his life when she dies, finally allows herself to love. Once again Green offers a well-developed cast of characters capable of both reflective thought and hilarious dialogue. With his trademark humor, lovable parents, and exploration of big-time challenges, The Fault in Our Stars is an achingly beautiful story about life and loss.-Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC

Author Notes:  John Green was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 24, 1977. He graduated from Kenyon College in 2000 with a double major in English and religious studies. Before becoming a writer, he was a publishing assistant and production editor for Booklist, which is a book review journal. His first novel, Looking for Alaska, was published in 2005 and won the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in Young Adult literature in 2006. His other works include An Abundance of Katherines, a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book; Paper Towns, which won the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel and the 2010 Corine Literature Prize; and The Fault in Our Stars. He is also the coauthor, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. (Bowker Author Biography)

Summary, author note,s and cover image taken from CPL Catalog

My thoughts:  I loved this book so much and became a huge fan of John Green and his work because of it.  After reading this, I had to get my hands on his other books.  I liked them all, but this one holds a special place in my heart.  It's both tragic and beautiful.  I know the movie will be awesome as well, but you should definitely read the book first.  John Green is a master storyteller.  His words and story are so believable which just adds to the poignancy of the story.  I also recommend checking out John and Hank Green's vlog:  The Vlogbrothers
and also Nerdfighteria a ning website hosted by John Green for nerds who want to meet other nerds.  A cool website.  Still not sure if you want to read the book?  Check out the book trailer below!

Book Trailer:

About the Movie:
Release Date: June 6, 2014
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Josh Boone
Screenwriter: Scott Neustadter
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort,
Willem Dafoe, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern,
Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, Emily Peachey 
Genre: Drama 
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Movie Poster: View here
Production Stills: View here

Post by: Barb Gardiner
YA Librarian
Coventry Public Librarian