The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I’ve just read John Green’s stunning book The Fault in Our Stars and am now ensconced in Paper Towns. In summary, I’d just like to say Wow!
I was really sceptical about TheFioS because I hate all that movie/teen/cancertragicusedtoemote stuff (having had a visit to cancerville myself) BUT, hear this all you doubters… this is a great book that must be imbibed immediately.
Read the first page
Just read the first page. By the end of the first page I was sold. What an amazing, clear, authentic piece of writing. No idea what the movie is like but no doubt I’ll be watching that soon. (Will the Divergent lead do a good job?)
Okay this isn’t from the first page, but here’s a quote (no spoilers):
“There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”
While that may sound a little depressing, I encourage you to ignore that. God knows that’s what everyone else does. Here’s another quote:
“May I see you again?” he asked. There was an endearing nervousness in his voice.
I smiled. “Sure.”
“Tomorrow?” he asked.
“Patience, grasshopper,” I counseled. “You don’t want to seem overeager.
“Right, that’s why I said tomorrow,” he said. “I want to see you again tonight. But I’m willing to wait all night and much of tomorrow.” I rolled my eyes. “I’m serious,” he said.
“You don’t even know me,” I said. I grabbed the book from the center console. “How about I call you when I finish this?”
“But you don’t even have my phone number,” he said.
“I strongly suspect you wrote it in this book.”
He broke out into that goofy smile. “And you say we don’t know each other.”
Also check out John Green on Vlogbrothers – very entertaining. Watch this video chatting about being old (40, ha ha not old at all)
Read The Fault in our Stars or Paper Towns by John Green. You won’t be disappointed.