Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars
John Green

Hazel enjoys America's Next top Model, she has a good relationship with her parents and a crush on a boy. That should be the extent of what's important for you to know, but unfortunately, there's more. Hazel has cancer, the kind that you can hold off for a while, possibly a long while, but not cure.

This is a book about falling in love and about going on a fantastic and life changing trip and it's about recognizing the small things in life. In a word, this book should be: Cheesy. But, though this is a book that needs a SERIOUS crying-while-on-the-metro warning, there is not one page of cheese. And for that you have Mr. Green to thank.

There is a reason he is so well loved by both teens and librarians (he's already won a Printz and a Printz honor award for some of his previous titles). He is a writer who delivers characters who are people that you recognize and who speak in dialogue that sounds both like it could be overheard walking past any group of teens AND at the same time like you want to write it all down on post-it notes and put it around your room. It's a feat.

This is a library blog, so our job is to make sure you are aware of titles. We aren't going to give away plot points or tell you our favorite parts. But, we will tell you that this is a book that we read on metro rides and that we stayed up till 3 in the morning reading. It's a book that we sat at the reference desk and pointed out bits to each other. And it's a book that left us red-eyed but ready to push on to everyone.

There's no doubt you'll be seeing this title again on best-of-lists all over the place, but we'd suggest getting your hands on it before you know too much about it. For more on this title, check out this review, (from the ever-fantastic blog, Reading Rants) which had the great advice to "Read it soon–just not too fast." We couldn't agree more.

If you want to know more about our long standing author crush on John Green, check out previous posts here.

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