I rarely use this blog to talk about films or tv shows or books etc – (the last time was GRAVITY) – however I’ve just finished a book that I think many of you might respond to.
It’s called The Fault in our Stars, written by John Green.
The blurb doesn’t encourage you to read the book – it’s about two teenagers, dying of cancer, who fall in love. That log line didn’t grab me initially.
However the reason I started reading it was because late last year as I was coming back from Portugal, I had a layover at Heathrow, and as I always do I made my way to the bookstore.
The book was featured prominently on the stands, and it had an intriguing cover. But when I picked it up and read the back jacket, I put it back immediately. I didn’t want to read a book about kids dying of cancer.
But then as I wandered around the airport waiting for my connecting flight, I saw several people reading the book. And these were adults, not teenagers. And then I saw more at the gate. And then when I got on the plane I saw someone else reading it. Engrossed.
This was my PGS directing me to read this book.
So when I returned to Australia I made a little note to myself that I should check it out.
Well, today I finished it, and it was extraordinary. Not only beautifully written, but deeply moving, and profound on levels I never expected.
Knowing a lot of you as I do, I recommend this book. Just like I recommended GRAVITY.
If you do get to read it, let me know what you think. Here’s the Goodreads link for readers reviews – oh, and there’s a film been made on it too, which will be released shortly.