The Fault In Our Stars

Thoughts  The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, DUTTON BOOKS An Imprint of Penguin Group 2012, 313 pages

Why I read this:  For The Bookies Book Club.

Fact: This is the 4th book I’ve read by John Green. This places him in a small group. Only a few authors can claim that I’ve read more than 3 of their books.  (yea, like any are keeping track.)

I enjoyed this book very much, finding all that I love about John Green’s books to be included;  the words I don’t know and then are defined within the conversation so I don’t have to look it up, travels, the loving well-meaning and usually respected parents, the reckless rule-breaking but not quite tragic and always smart teenagers, and yes – I take it back – the tragic. But always ends with a good cry and tons of hope that life really doesn’t have to suck even it if does.  I don’t quite know how he does it.

I don’t have my “THOUGHTS” post-writing skills yet dusted off so I won’t tell you what this book is about. It often gets debated that it is about cancer and that appalls some and thus they want to avoid it but cancer is everywhere and what we need to know how to do is – uh oh, I’m preaching?! – is to learn how to relate to people through the good and the bad. I loved how this book does that. With humor, with love and with respect.

I also resent the implications of some of the goodreads reviews that seem to question Green’s authority to write a book about kids with cancer and think it is totally unequivocally absurd.

Here are more reviews or you can click on the book cover above and read the stuff.

Nymeth says, the author ‘hoped this would be a novel that would make readers feel ALL THE THINGS, and I think it succeeds very impressively on that regard.’ Her review is actually quite brilliant and I always learn so much from her. Truly, I want to quote from every one of her paragraphs.

Softdrink had a few problems with the book and her points are valid. She also references another review so you may want to follow that trail.

and Ti’s review where she simply says, “An amazing, life affirming read.”.


I think my favorite of the JG novels will forever be Looking for Alaska; I still had to rate this 5 slices of pie. I rounded up since I don’t give half slices…



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An Abundance of Katherines

Thoughts An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, SPEAK an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. 2006, 229 pages

I so wanted to love this because it has (a bit) of the maths! And it was good… just not my favorite.

Our guy is a child prodigy who desperately wants to be a genius and to ‘matter’. He is even more desperate to be in love; preferably with a(ny) girl named Katherine. He is a very skilled anagrammer. In hopes of getting over a breakup with the 19th of his Katherine lovergirls, he and his best bud go on a road trip. Hijinks ensue? Click on the book cover above to get the synopsis from

I read this because I adore John Green. I was supposed to read this a few years ago; this was listed to complete a challenge in 2009 – I think it might have been the Dewey Challenge! And this year, I listed it for the SIZE category in the What’s in a Name 4 Challenge. I can finally cross it off the list. John Green now joins the very few and favored authors with the distinction of having more than three books on my done-read list.

Three Slices of Pie.

Trisha at Eclectic-Eccentric also read this book this month (great minds think alike) and since I am attempting to add the link to her post while editing onmy iPad, I don’t know if it will be clean. In the meantime, I just want to drop in the long code: Or, click on this?…
Or, what abt clicking on this?
Well. DOES this WORK?!?! Will keep tweaking or run upstrs to the laptop..


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Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Thoughts   Will Grayson, will grayson by John Green and David Levithan, dutton | an imprint of penguin group (usa) inc. 2010, 310 pages (for Twenty in ‘Ten Challenge and GLBT Challenge)

I was so eager to read this for many reasons.   First, I adore John Green.   I’ve read Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns;  I own The Abundance of Katherines but my neighbor is reading it first.   I don’t often rush to buy/read new releases but then I saw Debi’s review and Amanda’s review and for once, had the idea to see how long the line was at the InterLibraryLoan:  zilch.   OMG!  Could this be true?   Am I truly the only person in the Massachusetts library system who wants to read this and knows how to request from the library?   Well, that’s just too cool.   or sad.   No – it just means that I’m cooler and more in-the-know.   So that’s how this book ended up in my hands this month and had to be read soonly rather than someday-possibly which is what happens to most of the books that I buy.   PLEASE click on Amanda’s review, or any that she also links to for  a TRUEr idea of what this book is about because I’m not going to provide a synopsis.

This is my least favorite JG book but I’m still giving it 4 slices of pie.    I think this is the first that I experienced as a 40+ year old reading a YA book and feeling like a 40+ year old.     A few situations were just gross-icky almost to being distasteful-uncomfortable.    Andbutso, I recognize and move on and can say that overall, I continue to admire the author(s) ability to charm and laugh and hit at the heart of a matter.   This book has gay teenagers but it is not all about just that.   It’s about friendship and love.  Being betrayed, being yourself.   New love first love, having passionate crushes, first kisses, and how to fit in.     The endearing coincidence of two high school kids both named Will Grayson meeting randomly at the most unrandom of spots in downtown Chicago; the crazy school play by the adorable Tiny Cooper;  the harsh HARSH ‘joke’ that proves the internet can be a tool for evil as well as connection and fun; the combined words of segue (andbutso, ifbutstill).   I love that the parents are a sort of clueless yet wise and – – human;  the kids still respect them (ifbutstill they lie to them) and I love that the kids are in college-bound classes and their teachers assign great books for them to read.    I was crying happy laughing tears at the end because these books MOVE me.   Well, that’s all I need to say.    If you love John Green and David Levithan*, you’ll read this without my saying you should or shouldn’t.    If you don’t know John Green and you’re not into the Young Adult tag and this interests you a bit, may I suggest you start with Looking for Alaska?


Nancy ‘s half of a buddy review, Kailana’s side of that buddy review, Raych’s books i done read, Reading and Rooibos, and more can be found at the Book Blogs Search Engine for WGWG

* I have Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan on my tbr;  I’ve seen the film.

multivalent – “Which is of course idiotic in the kind of profound and multivalent way that only an English teacher could fully elucidate.”   – adjective:  1.  having or susceptible to many applications, interpretations, meanings, or values.


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Paper Towns

Thoughts   Paper Towns by John Green, Dutton Books 2008, 305 pages

MOTIVATION for READING:    I finally read this for the last year’s Dewey Challenge (along with Looking For Alaska (my spoiler-full review here) and The Abundance of Katherines (not yet read but I do own and am looking forward to it) but didn’t get to it until now.    A big thank you to Nancy the Bookfool for sending me this.

[updated:   I forgot!   This qualifies for Bart’s Bookshelf’s Twenty Ten Challenge!   woo hoo.]

WHAT’s it ABOUT:     High school senior boy who is not of the ‘in’ crowd has crush on girl-next-door, who of course is in the ‘in’ crowd.   They had been friends when they were primary school age, but — their last adventure together was long ago.     Then, three weeks before graduation, she taps him for a middle of the night escapade and the next day, she’s gone!.    (wait – is that a spoiler?    oh well.)   The rest of the story is how our boy attempts to find her or at least discover WHO she is.

WHAT’s GOOD:     Oh, what fun reading a John Green book can be!    I enjoy the style, the humor, and the lovable smart geeky characters.   I love that the kids break the rules yet still respect their parents (most of the kids, anyway).    I love reading what the kids are studying (Ovid, Moby Dick, calculus, Whitman’s Leaves of Grass…).   I am impressed with Green’s masterful re-creation of the high school scene.   And setting!    Green is also very clever about pulling in interesting facts and creating ‘place.’     I loved how simple the concept of ‘paper towns’ was used as a rather complicated theme.

WHAT’s NOT so GOOD:    I both loved and not quite so loved how similar this book was too Looking for Alaska. (see paragraph above.)    but still, I’m giving this 4 pies to LfA’s 5 pie rating.    Only a case of sophomoric letdown?    If I had read this first and then LfA, would I still like Alaska better?   Don’t know and can never know, I’m feared.

FINAL THOUGHTS:   I do think Green is a helluva writer and am looking forward to TAoK.   I hear it has some mathematics in it — OOOOooooooo, I love the maths.

RATING:   4 pie.



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