I have long been a fan of John Green’s work. In high school, Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns were my adolescent bibles, summing up life tips and the beauty of young adulthood into perfect little literary packages. When The Fault in Our Stars came out back in 2012, I was a senior in high school, eager to leave my adolescence behind and journey into the world of college. My Young Adult fiction was packed away on a shelf, left there so the memories I’d made reading those books would stay preserved forever. This book’s film adaptation is set to be released in early June, so I felt like I owed it to John to read his latest book turned movie. I’d always dreamed they’d make a film out of Paper Towns (and they are, yay!) so I felt obligated to read TFIOS because that dream was now coming true for some of his fans.
I started the book last night around 10pm and was finished around 1am. The book is a roller coaster of emotion, both happy and sad, and it is DEFINITELY worth a read. I went in only knowing that the book was a love story about cancer. I am very grateful that I knew nothing more because the book is so much more than that. It isn’t a Nicholas Sparks novel about a tragic and pitiable girl with cancer. The characters come alive much more strongly than the diseases do, and for that I think this book is incredible.
John Green said this about the tagline for the film, which is “One Sick Love Story.”
“This is hopefully not going to be a gauzy, sentimental love story that romanticizes illness and further spreads the lie that the only reason sick people exist is so that healthy people can learn lessons.”
And that is why you need to read this book. Also just saying I am not a crier and I went through an entire box of tissues with this one. It is emotional in unexpected ways, and it really makes you feel things. Just read it before the film comes out. Thank me later.