Friday, July 5, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars

Yes, people, I finally read this lovely book. And it was a wonderful and draining experience for me. This book is about two kids with cancer who fall in love...and so much more. I may have had an emotional breakdown midway through--not while reading it, but in the moments in between. It stirred up some powerful stuff for me.

I've never had cancer or dealt intimately with it, but my husband has Crohn's disease, and for the first seven years of our marriage he was very, very ill. I honestly thought he might die a few times. Once he came very close. He was disabled, in chronic pain, and basically miserable. So I know a bit about disease and being in love with someone so sick. We've had some great years, lately, health-wise, so not to worry. This blog post is not to garner your sympathy. I just found it interesting that I had an emotional relapse of all the pain that is past while reading this book.

I've had lots of thoughts these past few days along the lines of "Wow, my husband and I have been through some Hard Stuff" and "It's not fair we had to go through such Hard Stuff" and "It's a miracle we got through that Hard Stuff" and "When will the repercussions (financial crap) end from this Hard Stuff?" It's like I was going through it all over again. Ah, the power of good books. It's one thing if you feel for the characters and their worlds and their dilemmas; it's quite another when those things transcend into your own life.

My favorite thing about The Fault in Our Stars is that it's not overly sentimental. And it's really not that  depressing. It's actually light and humorous much of the time, which made a book devoted to the subject of cancer and life and death stomachable. I loved Hazel and Augustus's cynicism and frank acceptance of death. I loved the realistic progression of Hazel's falling for Augustus. John Green nailed it.

What books have transcended past the pages for you?


  1. This is crazy. Jennie Bennet and Michelle Argyle and I discovered we all read Looking For Alaska this last week and got into a discussion about The Fault in Our Stars too, so Green has been on my mind lately. Yes, it's safe to say this book was one to transcend past the page for me. Others to do that are Keturah and Lord Death, Rebecca, Stolen...all books that really made me question and define my thoughts on right and wrong, life and death.

  2. Ilima said I can borrow this one, which I think I will. :)

  3. Oh. My. Gosh.

    This book makes me feel like I'll never be a writer. It is too beautiful in too many ways. It broke my heart and made me FEEL so much. Having gone through cancer with our little boy, it hit me really hard too. Augustus was so REAL---it makes me teary thinking about it right now!

  4. Hmm, I see why everyone buzzes about this book, but I'm one of the few who felt it was just all right. I like Green, but I had a hard time connecting with the MC on this one. I'm glad you liked it. I've heard many agree with you.

  5. I really want to read this one, I hear so much about it! Thanks for sharing.