There are books that you need to read for the simple reason that, if you don’t, you’ll be missing a work of sheer beauty. I’ve read a handful of these over the years. Books that I savor because they’re so well written, so moving, so touching, so life altering.
I didn’t know this book would fall under that category. I honestly can’t even remember how it landed on my wish-list. Did I read a review on Goodreads? Did I hear someone mention it was good? Did it get added in my “Oh my, it’s a week to Christmas! I should beef up this wish-list of mine!” mad Amazon surfing frenzy? I have no clue. All I know is that my sister got it for me, wrapped it, tucked it under the tree, and watched expectantly as I opened it.
Later that day I got cozy on the couch and cracked open the front cover. An hour later I had to move to my bed so I could sob in uninterrupted piece.
This is a sad, sad book.
This is a beautiful, beautiful book.
This is the story of a teenage girl who is dying from cancer. Her parents are desperate to get her to live the little life she has. She is desperate to make her death as easy on her parents as possible. This is a story of young love, of unrequited hero worship.
You will not walk away from this one unscathed and yet you will love every minute of it.
Interestingly enough I believe this book is billed as being a Young Adult novel. I actually wonder if it’s harder to read for parents than it would be for a teen. Someone with a teen please go make them read it and report back!
The Fault In Our Stars is currently being made into a movie. The process is being narrated on Facebook by the author. It took him a while, but last week he finally realized just how sad he made his book. I found it kind of endearing… and infuriating. Because, dude, really?
You shouldn’t read this book if: You can’t handle stories about children in pain or dying. You don’t like books that make you feel all the feels. You have been warned.
You should read this book if: You like stories that truly move you and make you think. You enjoy amazing characters. You need a good cry.
Would this make a good book club book? Possibly. Fact is, when you read this you’re going to be desperate to talk to someone about it. It’s a book that demands the sharing of emotions and feels. And yet, if your book club is anything like mine, this book would cause massive rebellion in the ranks. It’s just not a book that you should force people to read against their will.
Want to read the other books on this list? Here they are!
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