2014 Books: The Fault in Our Stars


I was able to sneak in another book these past few days.  I have wanted to read “The Fault in Our Stars” for a while and actually put off seeing the movie until I read the book.  I don’t know why I waited so long because I really enjoyed the book.  Even though the end made me cry.

If you aren’t already aware, this book deals with the lovely and upbeat topic of cancer in teenagers.  Sounds great, right?  The main character, Hazel, ends up falling in love with Augustus.  It turns out to be a very touching love story with a sad, but understandable ending.  It also made me think of how we view those with cancer and other diseases.  There is so much painful truth within this book but it is incredibly enlightening and thought provoking at the same time.

I can’t wait to be able to watch the movie now and see if it lives up to the book.  We all know this doesn’t normally happen, but I’m hopeful from the trailers online that I have watched that they are able to accomplish that with this book.  This is quick read that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys books that are personal and make you reexamine how you feel about life.  It’s a good one.

Next up is “Tell the Wolves I’m Home” by Carol Rifka Brunt.  Hoping for good things…

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