Book Challenge Day 22: A Tear-Jerker

the fault in our stars coverAfter writing my 30-Day Book Challenge post about Bridge to Terabithia on Friday, it’s tempting to just use that book again for today’s post. But there are several other books that have brought me to tears, so instead I have chosen to write about one that has been very popular and will soon be a movie: The Fault in Our Stars.

I’m more a fan of John Green as a person (I love his YouTube videos) than I am of his writing. It’s not that I hate his books, but they tend to be repetitive and a bit self-involved. However, I really liked The Fault in Our Stars. It was about more than just a boy chasing a girl (in fact, it was narrated by a female character), and it gave a different perspective on teenage sickness. I think it’s a real improvement on most of his other books.

It’s also obvious that this book came from a very heartfelt place. I am currently reading the posthumous book by Esther Earl, a teenager who died from cancer and was (some) inspiration for The Fault in Our Stars. John Green dedicated the book to her, and there are some similarities between the main character, Hazel, and Esther. I was aware of this when reading The Fault in Our Stars, and so it made the book a little more personal. It’s a fictional story, but it was based on horrible challenges that children and teens face every day.

I won’t give away the part that made me cry (it’s pretty obvious), but I do encourage you to read the book for yourself. It’s been winning all kinds of awards (such as TIME’s book of the year–virtually unheard of for a YA novel). And it’s being released in movie form this summer. After seeing Divergent yesterday, I am confident that Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort have the chemistry to make their characters shine.

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