I’m not sure that I can say anything that hasn’t been said yet, but I feel strange not reviewing John Green’s latest masterpiece. This will be short and sweet, and I’m not going to bother summarizing the plot because it’s been done to death. Just know this- The Fault in Our Stars is a book that should be required reading for young adults and adults.
Hazel is dying. She knows this, her parents know, and her doctors know. But John Green has crafted an unforgettable, life-affirming book that will leave you laughing through your tears. This isn’t a book about death; it’s a book about life and living it to the fullest.
I purchased three copies of The Fault in Our Stars before it was released. Other than brief appearances as they passed from hand to hand, I haven’t seen any of those books since January. But at least half of my students, of both genders, have now read it. And all three copies are continuing their journey from student to student through the summer. That’s damn good for a realistic fiction book. That’s the equivalent of five stars from my kids!
If you haven’t read this yet, I can’t recommend it enough. The story is multi-layered and intensely literary. While it’s published as YA, it certainly has many adult readers.
If you don’t already own all of John Green’s novels (or if you are like me, and just can’t turn this down) be sure to preorder the John Green Limited Edition Boxed Set (autographed). The graphics, designed by Karen Kavett, are really awesome because she and her sister attended school in my district. My nerdfighters love that!
*purchased, all three copies, on my own