Last week, after I’d already driven the forty-five minutes to and from grad class, I made the brilliant decision that I should start listening to audio books during the only hour and a half I have, each week, alone in my car. I went straight to iTunes and bought the book that was top on my list, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. Tomorrow is when I am supposed to start listening to the book, during the forty-five minutes X2 of me time. Only problem is, well, I just finished the book tonight.
I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to read the book before any spoilers came my way because less than a month after its release date, anyone who is anyone who reads YA is reading TFiOS. But there is no way to spoil the beauty that is Hazel and Augustus, two teens who meet in a cancer support group; two teens without the luxury of unrealized mortality; two people who fall in love. I cannot articulate these characters or spoil their story for you because I am not John Green. I wouldn’t do Hazel and Augustus justice. I understand why one of my students is already reading the book for her second time. Knowing the story doesn’t spoil the book.
Did I laugh? Yes. A lot. Did I cry? Yes…a lot. But I am thankful for the infinity I had (and will no doubt have again some day) with Hazel and Augustus.
I don’t know what else to say other than to ask you to share the experience and read this book. Then we can talk. “Okay? Okay.”
*After you’ve read, to learn more about John Green’s book dedication, Esther Earl, go to http://www.tswgo.org/index.html . Thank you, John Green, for your beautiful book.