Monday, July 16, 2012

Why I Spent 4 Hours Crying on Saturday Night

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Talk about a hook, right? Sorry. I couldn't resist this post's title when I did in fact find myself crying throughout the entire book I finished this Saturday night. They weren't all sad tears either- sure, there were plenty of them, but a lot of those tears were happy too. And at the end, when I put down my Kindle and lay there in bed, contemplating what I had just finished, I felt such a mix of emotions. I was happy, sad, nostalgic, depressed, enlightened- but the best part about all of it was that this book had managed to evoke such emotion from me.

I'm talking about The Fault in Our Stars, a novel by John Green, and the first of his books I've ever read. I don't want to give too much away, but the story centers around a young girl named Hazel who is battling cancer. The storyline goes into her day to day life, finding love, and tells the tale of that love. It's beautiful. It's heartbreaking. And even amidst all of the sadness of the situation's reality, I found myself smiling and laughing, tearing up over the little bits of joy Green infuses into even the saddest situations.

I fell in love with all of the characters in one way or another, and saw pieces of my own growing-up years in each of them. I felt the little strings in my heart tug as Hazel felt her own do the same, as she fell in love for the first time. I felt SO MUCH with this book- that's really the only way to put it.

The writing is beautiful, the storyline is engaging and all-encompassing, and the characters are deep and beautiful and moving. I could go on and on.

I can't recommend this book enough, and I sincerely hope all of you read it, too. And please, let me know if you do!

56 comments:

  1. read this book a couple weeks ago - could not put it down and def shed a ton of tears! great review, friend!

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  2. I was hoping you'd post something once you finished! It's such a great book, I finished it a few weeks ago. I think I might just read it again!

    I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  3. my sister and i both read this book last week. we loved it so much! we both cried and already want to read it again. it is such a beautiful book! thank you for sharing your thoughts on it!

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  4. Ha, great hook indeed. I'll have to check this out. Sounds like something I'd enjoy!

    -Lacy

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  5. I LOVE this book! I bought it right after i saw it on here and read it in record time. So good. I cannot wait to pick up the rest of his books!

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  6. I've been hearing so much about John Green in the online world, so I read Papertowns--super good. I'll have to check this one out next.

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  7. I just bought this book this past weekend! Excited to start it!

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  9. John Green is one of my favorites. His novel 'Looking for Alaska' is easily on my top ten. I've been putting off reading this book because I know it's one of those books that will make me cry. Though it's confirmed, I'm more tempted than ever to make it my next read.

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  10. Looks like I need to go pick this up! I've been searching for something new and heart-wrenching.

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  11. I've seen this book around so often, but I haven't purchased it yet. I only know John through the vlog series he does with his brother Hank: Vlog Brothers. I'll have to check this one out.

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  12. As soon as I read the title of this post, I thought to myself 'this must be about The Fault in Our Stars' because I did the exact same thing after I read this book. I could not stop crying. Such a beautiful book, I'm glad you enjoyed it and you must read John Green's other books!

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  13. I can't wait to check it out. Thanks!

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  14. I've been wanting to read this book since it came out on hardback. And I will read it,in due time. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Check out Looking for Alaska next - also by Mr. Green. ;)

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  15. Thank you for sharing! Now I must read.

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  16. I couldn't agree more... So many happy and sad tears. Such a beautiful story

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  17. Exciting! Just put it on my "To Read" list...boy is it getting long!

    Christen
    www.anunordinaryhello.com

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  18. It's been on my wish list for ages, ever since I read his book "Paper Towns" which I absolutely loved - highly recommended.

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  19. I'm going to check it out for sure! Sounds like a touching read.

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  20. Really wish I could get this book here. It sounds amazing! :)

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  21. i bought this book on a whim right before a flight to arizona in february. i COULD not put it down, and was actually a bit happy to have a longer layover so that i could continue reading. :)

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  22. I love all of John Green's books but this is by far, my favorite!

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  23. Totally agree!!! It's an INCREDIBLE book!

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  24. Sounds so good - I am putting it on my list!

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  25. It is on my kindle, I've just not got to it yet, least I know this is not a read at work on my lunch one!!!

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  26. Added to my library reserve list! Few things make me as happy as getting an e-mail from the library telling me that my book is ready :) I just got a notice for one today (Wild, by Cheryl Strayed) that I'll pick up when I'm done with my current read (Carry The One, Carol Anshaw). Have you read The Age of Miracles yet? It was AMAZING.

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    1. Replying to myself is sort of lame but whatever. I just finished this book last night and am starting it again this morning. It was fantastic. Definitely the best book I've read all year, maybe even in 5 years. I now must read everything he's ever written. Right away. Thanks for the rec!

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  27. you had me hooked with your title! oooh and i've been looking for a new read, thanks! i will let you know what i think :)

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  28. If you're a John Green fan, you HAVE to check out his Crash Course series on YouTube!

    Each week he does a 10-12 minute video rapidly covering another civilization in human history. It's fun - and would be a GREAT resource for any teach or parent who wants to impart a little knowledge.

    Also, my fiance does the illustrations, so I might be just a wee bit biased; they're just so cute!

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    1. Plan on using it to teach social studies to my students!! Lol!

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  29. i read this book last week after i remembered seeing it on your summer reading list post and i can't thank you enough for recommending it! i'm completely hooked on john green's writing now! i already finished "the fault in our stars" and "paper towns" and am currently reading "looking for alaska" with "an abundance of katherines" ready to go on my nook! love... <3

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  30. a link would help, no?

    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBDA2E52FB1EF80C9&feature=plcp

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  31. i had anticipated this book so much last year and then read it in January soon after it's release. it was so beautifully written and the characters so relatable even when they were going through something that i could never imagine experiencing. i most definitely cried at the end of the book, but loved it so much.

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  32. I just ordered this to my kindle because of your review! Thank you :) I love a good book! :)

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  33. I have this on my to-read list. I've hears such good thinks about it!

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    1. Gosh, what is wrong with me and my spelling?! lol! *heard *things

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  34. I just finished this book yesterday! I also felt many mixed emotions after finishing but it was such a wonderfully written and beautiful book.

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  35. one of my absolute favorites. i read it in a single plane ride from nashville to san diego. I'm a nurse with Cancer patients and loved getting a fresh perspective on how my patients' feel.

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  36. Ahhh I've heard so many great things about this book and now you make me want to read it even more! Glad to hear that you liked it so much. :)

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  37. I'm working on getting together a book list...I'll definitely have to add this one! :)

    thejoyfulfox.blogspot.com

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  38. I read this book because it was on your summer reading list; I enjoyed it very much! The chemistry between Augustus and "Hazel Grace" is just perfect - it's like they were made for each other! I also read The Age of Miracles, Still Missing and Signs of Life as per your recommendation. I LOVED them all! You're my go-to gal for book recommendations now!

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  39. Please please please keep posting blogs like this!! It's so much fun to read a post like this and literally jump off the couch to download it...I definitely appreciate the obsession with a new book because so often with other blogs it becomes an obsession with a "thing" (bag, makeup, clothes, etc). You're an inspiring lady, is what I'm trying to say :)

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  40. RIGHT?! This book made me sob so hard. It's so beautiful and I will read it over and over and my heart will break and I will laugh and have hope and cry because I just can't get enough of it. I love John Green. Absolutely die for Looking For Alaska. I have read it twice in a span of maybe 2-3 months this year. I am craving it again already. And The Fault In Our Stars. It's, my goodness I don't even have words really.

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  41. I have read this and I cried too!!!! Such a good book! Oh my God! I read it in one sitting too!

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  42. It is very rare that a book makes me cry, but this had me bawling!

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  43. Read it, loved it. I currently work with at-risk youth helping them to graduate high school or obtain a GED. I have tried to find volunteer or paid work helping AYA cancer patients to graduate. I cannot find anything dedicated to just AYA patients.
    My students love John Green. Especially Looking For Alaska.

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  44. This was my first of John Green book as well. I found it so lovely and touching. He is now one of my favorite authors!

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  45. Such a good book! I am a huge John Green fan, and this book was such a tear-jerker.

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  46. SUCH A GOOD BOOK! I loved it! I'm actually not a huge reader - it needs to be something i'm really digging to finish it in less then two months (hah!) However, this book is amazing. I laid in bed reading/crying just hoping my husband wouldn't look over to see my t-shirt soaking wet from tears!

    (I also saw this in your summer reading list and it looked intriguing..so thanks!)

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  47. I read this book a few months ago and have read it twice more since. I tell everyone I know about it and pass it on to all my friends. Just such a wonderful story, I didn't want to leave that world. Just so beautiful.

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  48. I was actually just thinking about reading this book again....soooo good!

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  49. If that's not convincing, I don't know what is! I'll probably read this come September.. I have a list of books I'm working through right now, ha!

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  50. Finished it last night - LOVED IT! Could not put it down. I've read Looking for Alaska (very, very good) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (also, very good!). My students (hs) love him too. I was at the NCTE last year and he was there signing his books. It was like Elvis was in the room!

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  51. I adore John Green! He is by far one of my favorite YA authors & I can't recommend his other work enough! :)I need to re-read TFiOS though. I read it the day it came out and, like you, just cried for the whole thing. Now I just want to sit with it again and really enjoy it. I loved it that much!

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  52. Esther Earl was a girl who passed away in 2010 from thyroid cancer. She was the inspiration for Hazel and he dedicated the book to her. She was friends with John Green and a nerdfighter. She had a youtube channel and John Green sells bracelets that are inspired by her and help out families who have teens with cancer. I don't know why I am telling you this. I never knew her or anything. It just seems important that people knew she was alive and awesome and a total dork (said lovingly).

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  53. I read this a couple months ago, and had to go into a separate room to finish it. I was bawling. You'll really love Looking For Alaska (I just read your post about starting it). That one really makes you think.

    If you like books like these, you should check out Sarah Dessen's books. I'm currently reading one for the 2nd time. She has a really cool writing technique :)

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