First and foremost this is my FIRST EVER blog post on my brand new blog (yayyyy)
I have never felt the urge to take up blogging before, but in the midst of my third and final year at uni with four essay deadlines and three exams approaching I have decided for some strange reason that now is the perfect time to start one.
I am hoping to post a whole load of different types of posts ranging from make up and beauty reviews, fashion posts and maybe even slightly more intellectual stuff like philosophy!
But for today I am going to try and get the ball rolling with (what I hope) will be a regular feature of this blog: A book review…
The Fault In Our Stars, John Green
I had heard/seen a fair bit about this book before I had read it, in particular I had heard good things about John Green as an author in general – so I was really looking forward to seeing what it was all about. I had however, read Looking for Alaska by the same author and despite rave reviews, I didn’t get hit in the gut with the emotional vigour that others seemed to when reading it, so I was sceptical as to whether I would feel the same disappointment with this one.
I DID NOT.
However old you are, wherever you live, whatever you are doing, go and buy this book – it is AMAZING.
I will try to reveal as few details of the plot as possible, but the book basically deals with teenagers who are suffering with cancer and it plots the obviously terrible consequences of suffering with the disease – In the midst of this is a non-traditional love story between Hazel and Gus, who meet at their cancer support group.
Now this type of book is not particularly original, books such as The Perks of being a Wallflower and Looking for Alaska that I mentioned above are all of similar style – a text from the perspective an an alternative indie teenager who is a bit of an outsider and has a view on the world that is sharp witted but intelligent, which is illustrated through the writing style of the text. The problem I have with these kinds of books is that they all seem a bit try hard, like they are constantly trying to offer up meaningful quotes that someone will grab onto and use as their twitter/facebook/instagram tag line. This is where The Fault in Our Stars really stood out for me. It is not that John Green doesn’t include these meaningful quotes and passages, but when he does they feel honest and they feel genuine, in a way that I haven’t really come across before.
Green really elegantly places the intimate story of two american teenagers into a text that explores some of the big philosophical questions – and to me he does it with integrity and substance.
Green certainly tackles the issue of terminal disease from a new perspective, and he does so with eyes that seem genuinely refreshing and new, rather than from a perspective that is just being different to be different.
It is difficult to express fully exactly what it is that made me love this book so much, but I have given it a go in this short and sweet review and I can only urge you to read it and find out for yourself just how good it is.
Reading the book was definitely an emotional ride but it was one that was worth it, and one that I would definitely, definitely recommend. It certainly made a lasting impression on me – it inspired me to create my first blog post!
Happy Friday – I’m drinking tea in bed like a rockstar x