I don’t do a lot of book reviews because I read a lot and would probably end each one with a rant about how no one reads and it shall be our downfall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! See? Still, I occasionally read a book that stays with me, that fights its way into my rotating top 5 books (which is a huge deal) and that I feel I should share with other people. The Fault in Our Stars is one of those very special books that I feel I needed to share with y’all.
It all started when I read this quote on Tumblr:
"There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. … Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was a time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be a time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does."
And obviously after reading that I thought to myself, “DAMN! I must find this book!!!!” because you see, I’m a book lover and literary quote obsessive and I needed to read the book that produced that magic. This is how I ended up reading The Fault in Our Stars. The book follows a girl who was diagnosed with terminal cancer at 13 (she’s 17 in the book) and has accepted the fact that at some point, she will die. You see a different point of view of cancer and how it affects the people dealing with it, their friends, and family. The plot itself isn’t any kind of literary masterpiece but it is a solid plot, thought-provoking, and fun. I didn’t expect to have as many laughs as I did when reading a book about cancer but it was so cleverly written and witty and I honestly loved it.
This picture will make more sense once you read it!
The reason I’ve taken the time to write some of my thoughts about the book is because this is one of those books that, in my humble opinion, changes the way you view certain things. The way it looks at cancer was so unique and interesting and the way the author portrays this to the reader is wonderful. The book had laugh out loud moments as well as moments when I was actually I thought I might cry. That kind of emotion from a book is rare and much appreciated. And if you are like me and enjoy a plethora of thought provoking quotes that you can’t wait to share with people, you will not be disappointed. I found myself marking pages and wanting so badly to defile the library book (obviously I’m going to have to buy a copy) just so I could remember these quotes. Yes, they were that good.
A few things let me know when I really loved a book; I can’t stop thinking about it even after I’ve read it, I find myself thinking of quotes, I have an urge to tell anyone who will listen that they should read the book, I seek out other books by the author (currently have a few waiting on me at the library), and I just feel different after reading it. Things like this are hard to explain to someone who isn’t an avid reader but I do want to say that I think a lot of different people would enjoy this novel. So please give me this one time to be bossy and demanding and go read this book!!!!! I promise you will not be disappointed.