In her book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott says, “For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”


My hope is that this is what books become to you—as important as almost anything else on earth. This blog is about helping you find the miracle in these small, flat, rigid squares of paper while you are in middle school and beyond. Once you read alongside me, you are forever a member of my tribe of readers. No matter how you old you are, when you need to be reminded of the power of a good story, you will find me here, waiting to place one in your hands.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green


You knew it was coming.  How could I not share?  EVERYONE MUST READ JOHN GREEN’S LATEST WORK OF ART: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

Throughout my life (well, at least from 4th grade, when I was introduced to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl until now, the 7th month of my 34th year of noticing the universe) the name ‘Augustus’ immediately evoked an image of a chubby, stubborn, chocolate-loving boy, doted upon by his mother, with the last name of Gloop.  The name ‘Augustus’ made me giggle about this character’s gluttonous follies inside the chocolate factory.

Until reading John Green’s beloved new book The Fault in Our Stars.

From now on, the name ‘Augustus’ will forever evoke an entirely different image and an entirely different set of emotions.  A casually hot, lean, limping ‘Augustus Waters’ has forever replaced the ‘Augustus’ of the book I treasured as a child—an unlit cigarette held loosely between his lips.  A longing sigh will escape my lips every time he crosses my mind.

There is little else to say about such an incredible book that hasn’t already been said (by the likes of Judy Blume and Markus Zusak, no less—to name a couple of the humblingly brilliant people who are as in love with John Green’s work as the rest of us). 

This book has left me forever changed.  Augustus and Hazel are now part of my world.  Part of my bookprint.  If you haven’t already invited them into your world, what are you waiting for?

9 comments:

  1. John Green is on my list of authors to explore more. Thanks for telling about the latest!

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  2. LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! It was so beautifully written. I kept track of lines I loved and finally quit writing them down. I just plain loved the whole thing. This was one of those books where I couldn't decide if I wanted to read it fast, all in one sitting because I couldn't wait to find out what Augustus and Hazel were doing or if I should read slow and savor it.

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  3. Hearing nothing but wonderful things about this one. I think I need to block out an afternoon and just dive in!

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  4. I can't wait to read this one. Debating ... the Nerdfighters tour is coming close enough that I possibly could make it. His Fitness for Nerds video might still be my favorite thing he's ever done. He'd probably prefer I choose one of his books, though. ;]

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  5. Another one for my ever expanding must-read list.

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  6. I just ordered this...thank you for the recommendation! And what a great idea to use a blog to keep recommending books to your former students. I imagine you will make/keep some lifelong friends... a.

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  7. This book seems to be everywhere - I am going to have to check it out. Thanks for the great review!

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  8. And... TBR pile: GO! Thanks for the lovely post. I look forward to checking it out.

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