In case you’ve been living on the moon for the past two years, The Fault in Our Stars is a wildly popular YA novel by John Green about two teenagers, Hazel and Augustus, who are living with cancer and falling for each other. It explores the awkwardness of young love, the “side effects” of dying, and the meaning (if there is any) of life. I first read TFiOS when it was published over two years ago, but I never wrote a review on it. With the movie adaptation coming out in less than a week, I decided to re-read the book and write down my thoughts on it.
I recently read Esther Earl’s posthumous book, This Star Won’t Go Out, and it definitely affected my re-read of TFiOS. TFiOS is dedicated to Esther, who died of cancer as a teenager and was friends with John Green. Her book is a compilation of letters and journal entries, which chronicle many of the same fears that Hazel and Gus struggle with in TFiOS. Esther was afraid of dying without having made a difference in the world, and Gus, similarly, is afraid of oblivion. Hazel worries what will happen to her parents after she dies, and much of Esther’s writing is concerned with how her illness affects her family. Hazel is clearly not Esther, as John Green has continually said, but the book is definitely inspired by her spirit and a tribute to her life.
The cover of Every Day has caught my eye every time I go to the bookstore, and I finally found the time to give it a read. The only other book by David Levithan I had read was Will Grayson, Will Grayson (a collaboration with John Green), which I loved. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about this book. The premise of the story is very original, but it failed to live up to my expectations.
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In honor of Valentine’s Day, Buzzfeed posted an article on 11 reasons why books are better valentines than people. Even though the article is a bit tongue-in-cheek, there are some very good reasons! Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love, so why not celebrate the boundless love we have for books?
If you’re feeling down because you don’t have a special person to share the day with, take a look at this list and remember that books can make even the most mundane of days magical. I would like to add to this list that you don’t have to buy books anything on Valentine’s Day (you don’t even have to buy the book if you get it from the library!).
Can you think of other reasons why books make better valentines than people? Let me know in the comments!
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My last post was about the book The Servant and its encouragement to love others in order to be a good leader. Much of the book was devoted to a certain definition of love—a verb meaning to identify and meet the needs of others with patience, kindness, humility, respectfulness, selflessness, forgiveness, honesty, and commitment. While reading this explanation of love, I was struck by the similarity in the way that love is used in the Harry Potter books.