Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green [Book Inspection]

Plot Sketch:  Kids with cancer conquer the world.  The end.  Oh, and there's a support group.  And if that were the half-of it, it would still be an amazing story.

Verdict: I've gone back and forth on this review for a while.  To post or not to post, that has been the question.  You've all read a million five-star reviews for this book, but I think mine might be a tad different, so I am going to post it anyway.

I struggle to understand how someone who has not gone through the ups and downs and challenges of cancer on a personal level can not only understand them but convey them so accurately. And by personal, I don't mean a friend or family member.  I mean one's self.

'm a thyroid cancer survivor.  I dated a dude with cancer for a long while (years) while I was a teen.  He didn't win his fight.  I feel like I've got a good grip on what teens going through terminal illness experience emotionally, having been one and all, but John Green's got this uncanny ability to not only construct these characters and their motivations accurately, he's got the conflicts to back them up.  Plausible ones.  Believable ones.  Conflicts that made me cry because I've been through such similar circumstances, but left me uplifted because the results inspired such great hope.

John's writing is superb, as always, and I can't recommend THE FAULT IN OUR STARS to you enough.  This is a fulfilling read, a lovely read, and a read that you will come away feeling stronger for having shared this experience with these characters.  I'm grateful John Green wrote this story and shared it with the world.  It needed to be told.  You need to hear it if you haven't already.  There's a reason it's been on the NYT bestseller's list for so long.  It's amazing.  Buy it now.  And keep the tissues close.  You'll need them.

Check out the first chapter read by John Green himself: