Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars

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 AmazonIn 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?


  1. I loved this book too and choose it for my book club in October. Have you read Wonder? Even better in my opinion!

  2. I keep hearing about this book - I need to read it before the movie comes out :-)

  3. I too have heard about the book, but have yet to read it. Thanks for the info.

  4. I downloaded this book at the DMV and started reading it. I love the writing. Will go back to it after I finish the book that I left at home while registering my cars.

  5. I'm reading Fault in our Stars too and so far it's a really great read! Glad you liked it!

  6. This sounds right up my alley....I'm going to download to my Nook and save for summer vaca...wish I had more time to read. I was thinking of starting my own book club....worried I would never actually get the books read though! LOL

  7. I started this one too! Can't put it down! I really wish we lived closer!

  8. Just like you, I've picked this book up many times only to change my mind and put it back down. The author actually lives just down the street from me. I think I'm the only one in the area to not read it yet. Guess I'll have to put it on my list for the summer :).


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