This is our first Book Talk Tuesday. Don’t panic—I know we’ve been doing book stuff on Mondays, but we’re changing things. Tuesday is the day for books from here on. Sound good?
Whew! Good. I knew you’d be okay with it. Thanks. 🙂
Occasionally, I like to read a book that represents struggle and pain and humanity in a very real, honest way. Adventures are good—great, even—but sometimes I want to read something that gives me space to really examine characters, to get to know them and become attached to them and their struggles.
A couple weeks back I read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.
In one day.
In about 5 hours, actually.
I stole hours from other things and flew through this book like it was going to be ripped from my hands.
While Little One napped, I huddled on the couch weeping into the pages of this beautiful book.
I know, it’s not pretty. Sorry.
Why do we read books like this? Why would we subject ourselves to love and loss in the span of a few hundred pages?! WHY!?!
I won’t speak for you, but I read them because they are cathartic. They allow me to feel and empathize and love and come away appreciating what I have and what I’ve had the honor to lose.
The Fault In Our Stars is about a boy and girl. They’re smart and quick-witted and full of life. They also happen to be cancer survivors. Their relationship is beautiful and sweet. Their view on life, unique. Their honesty, captivating. From page three I was completely hooked.
John Green examines so many things in this book, it would be hard to talk about all of them without giving too much away. The dialogue! Oh, the dialogue. Fluid, natural, and somehow completely poetic. This book will be important for generations.
Anyway, you know I just want to get you interested, not give you a critique. 😉
Anyone who has ever loved anyone should read this book.
If you don’t love it….well, I hope you love it.
Have you read this one?
Do you like reading cathartic books?