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The Fault in Our Stars

Page history last edited by Brian Jennings 8 years, 5 months ago

Recommended reading from several students, my interest was increased with a plug from Ms. Nelson and an NPR interview with the author. 

I'm only part way in but would say:

Green is labelled as a young adult lit author, but this book only fits that category if every text with a young narrator is young adult lit (To Kill a Mockingbird?) or every text written in contemporary vernacular (Sherman Alexie?) is young adult.   

Our student Stephanie Grant's wiki homepage includes a list of quotations from Green's work that reads like a paraphrase of quotations from texts read in AP Honors English IV.  My wife pointed out the title is from Shakespeare.  My first thoughts were that if this is what my students were reading in their spare time I could use it to bridge the gap to Shakespeare and the other "biggies" of Literature, but after starting I'm hoping (and hopeful) the book will stand on its own merits. 

Potentially both eminently readable and enlightening. 

 

A review from NPR: http://www.npr.org/2012/01/17/145343351/the-fault-in-our-stars-love-in-a-time-of-cancer

 

 

Comments (4)

Jan Nelson said

at 1:35 pm on Apr 20, 2012

As a sidebar, John Green agreed to sign every copy of the 150,000 first printing of this book.

Brian Jennings said

at 7:20 am on Apr 25, 2012

Okay, so I finished reading but am still processing. So, I probably set the bar too high for this one--it's not the riveting, profound, cultural criticism or contemporary writing I find in say Sherman Alexie or David Sedaris. Plot-wise I think it does tend to fall into the "cancer 'victim'" story the characters themselves poke fun at and there's a Nicolas Sparks quality to the plot that isn't exactly challenging (but it did almost bring me to tears). The saving grace and definitely what makes it worth reading is the characters. What's not to love about a teenager quoting T.S. Eliot from memory? The witty humor of the young characters as they face the "side effects of dying" do make this worth your time.

Brian Jennings said

at 8:07 am on Apr 26, 2012

Jan made a good point this morning. This bookIS young adult literature, but it is very good young adult literature.

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