You see, I just found out that John Green's birthday is August 24th and, if you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, or GetGlue then you know exactly what I was doing on August 24, 2012. It all began in my mailbox...
However, there was really only one book in that stack I was thinking about when I left my house. It was The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. It's the book I've been wanting to buy all year. It's the book I somehow missed at BEA. It's the book I've been wanting to read, but, to be honest with you, I have been afraid to. You're probably saying, Nicole, really? Book fear?! Well, it was more like emotion fear... the protagonist is a young girl with cancer. I lost my mom to cancer in 2006 and I wasn't sure I was ready to voluntarily place myself in a fictional world that would cause me to face the monster again. Here's what happened when I finally, bravely, started reading:
1. Compliments to the author:
2. When I noticed my shirt was getting soggy from tears:
|I grabbed a roll of toilet paper...|
3. Proof of my unconditional love of my little brother:
It was John Green's hope that readers "feel all of things" when reading this book, well, I did. And I needed to. For that alone The Fault In Our Stars was an amazing gift. It was a gift from John Green to me on his birthday and I didn't get him ANYTHING! This is my proof that John Green's family lineage must extend back to the Shire. John Green is a hobbit and that is that. Perhaps some day I will be able to meet him for second-breakfast and thank him for all that he gave me within these pages...
Have you read The Fault In Our Stars yet? If so, what did you think?
If not, check out the YouTube video of John Green himself reading Chapter 1!