I love book clubs. No I never get to all of the meetings but I do try my best to read all of the book. Which is a big reason that I love book clubs - I read books that I would never have picked out myself. Book clubs help me step outside of my reading comfort zone. And this months book was just one of those books because there was no way I was going to read it. Or so I thought.
Everyone and their brother has heard of The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I had picked the book up several times at book shops and the library but it just never made it's way home with me. I can't really tell you why it seemed like a book that was "not for me" but I always put it down. Thank goodness that my book club changed all that!
According to Amazon: In The Fault in Our Stars, John Green has created a soulful novel that tackles big subjects--life, death, love--with the perfect blend of levity and heart-swelling emotion. Hazel is sixteen, with terminal cancer, when she meets Augustus at her kids-with-cancer support group. The two are kindred spirits, sharing an irreverent sense of humor and immense charm, and watching them fall in love even as they face universal questions of the human condition--How will I be remembered? Does my life, and will my death, have meaning?--has a raw honesty that is deeply moving.
I guess one of the big reasons that I did not want to read this book was because I thought of it as a cancer book. While cancer does play a role in this book, it is not a "cancer" book. It is so witty and thought provoking. Don't get me wrong, there are many sad moments in this book. (I may or may not have cried ugly in the hair salon while reading this book.) Yet those sad moments are so worth reading because this book is filled with lessons that young adults need to learn and lessons that some grown adults need to re-learn!
I know that the members of my book club will be talking about this book for awhile. So happy that I took a book club leap of faith. Have you read any books that you would not have if it were not for a book club and loved it?