Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Book Love: The Fault in Our Stars

I have been quite the bookworm lately (mostly because I could stay up late reading last week with the light on, which drives Mark crazy when he's home.) I have A LOT of great recommendations for you... but I wanted to start with the wonderful book I finished last night.

"... I could hear his crooked smile..."

I totally woke up with a great-book-hangover this morning. What's a book hangover, you ask? It's when you stay up way too late finishing a book you just can't put down. The hangover is even worse if it's a book that you can barely read because of the tears streaming down your face. In a good way.

"As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: 
slowly, and then all at once."

I have this theory that the better a book is, the uglier you look reading it, and that was the case last night, as I tried to hold back my sobs. I'm sure this whole being pregnant thing didn't help.

"I believe the universe wants to be noticed."

This particular hangover-inducing book? The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It's honest. It's hilarious. It's heartbreakingly beautiful.

"It seemed like forever ago,
like we'd had this brief but still infinite forever.
Some infinites are bigger than other infinities."

It's odd, John Green's online presence is more of a funny one (note: this 4th of July inspired post.) So the way this book is beautifully written is a little unexpected. But I also have this theory that the funnier you are capable of being, the more insightful of a person you are in life.

"The real heroes anyway aren't the peopel doing things;
the real heroes are the people NOTICING things,
paying attention."

Details: The book is about Hazel, a 16-year old diagnosed with terminal cancer who meets her soulmate, Augustus in her cancer support group. The two tackle the big questions about life, death, love and happiness with the raw honesty one seems only to have when faced with their own mortality.

"My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations."

If you haven't read it, be sure to add The Fault in Our Stars to your summer reading list. You won't be disappointed.

"What a slut time is.
She screws everybody."

And really, why didn't anyone tell me to read this one sooner? It's been our for a year, and on my to-read list for awhile, but I disappointed that no one said to me, "Seriously, read this NOW."

"Grief does not change you, Hazel.
It reveals you."

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