Week 3 update
February 11, 2013
Happy Monday Readararmy!
Have you ever read a book that has had you so emotionally invested that you find yourself crying one minute and laughing the next? Although it may seem a cliché, but John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars is one of the rare books that I’ve read that does just that. I don’t know about you readers, but for me The Fault in Our Stars has been an emotional rollercoaster.
I’m up to chapter ten, where Hazel and Augustus go to Amsterdam. I have to say, the characters have to be two of the most honest characters I’ve ever come across in fiction. This book is brutally honest in its treatment of death and its side effect, as Hazel sees it: cancer. However, despite its morbid subject matter the book is not at all depressing and you can’t help but laugh at Hazel’s deadpan sense of humour. John Green has said on many occasions that he intended the book to be a comedy and this comic edge shines through.
For those that haven’t picked up The Fault in Our Stars this week, make sure to add it to your list…it’s fast becoming my favourite ‘Young Adult’ read – if not my favourite read of all time – although this changes month on month, I can never pick my favourite read!
Still not convinced? Here’s a quick video of John Green reading from The Fault in Our Stars which may persuade you to pick it up during Readarama:
On Friday evening I attended the The Fault in Our Stars Live event. It was incredible to see so many ‘Nerdfighters’ (John Green fans) in one room and so enthusiastic about his books and online material – John Green’s VlogBrothers YouTube channel has amassed over 947,000 subscribers and over 243 million video views to date! The Fault in Our Stars Live event featured a detailed Q&A, readings from the book and funny anecdotes about its writing. Also featured in the event was – John Green’s brother and VlogBrothers co-star – Hank Green who performed several of the songs that he had written. For those that don’t know, they’re often mistaken for famous Scottish folk-star siblings ‘The Proclaimers’. One of the highlights of the event was the encore, which saw John and Hank playing the iconic Proclaimers hit I’m Gonna Be (500 miles). I’ve included the video below for all to be able to see this hilarious musical moment from the intellectual duo:
How are you enjoying The Fault in Our Stars so far? Have you been reading something else this week? Let me know in the comments below!