The Fault in Our Stars Book Club

I read John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in a 48-hour span.  Wowza!  Not only does Green capture the adolescent thought processes, but also characterizes the young cancer patient’s philosophy and outlook on living and dying with cancer.  

Hooked early on with the female protagonist’s wit and outlook on life, I could not read enough from or about Hazel:

I hadn’t been in proper school in three years.   My parents were my two best friends.  My third best friend was an author who did not know I existed.  I was a fairly shy person- not the hand-raising type.  (12)

‘Pretty great,’  I agreed, although it wasn’t, really.  It was kind of a boy movie.  I don’t know why boys expect us to like boy movies.  We don’t expect them to like girl movies.  (35)

Augustus asked if I wanted to go with him to Support Group, but I was really tired from my busy day of Having Cancer, so I passed.  (125)

Having been a cancer patient myself, I could relate to Hazel’s commentary.  Furthermore, the intellectual banter which exists between Hazel and Augustus throughout is a delight to read as in their exploration of breakfast foods:

‘Like why don’t we have curry for breakfast?’ . . .  

‘But why?’ I asked.  ‘I mean, seriously:  How did scrambled eggs get stuck with breakfast exclusivity?  You can put bacon on a sandwich without anyone freaking out.  But the moment your sandwich has an egg, boom, it’s a breakfast sandwich.’  (137)

Thus, for the purposes of an evening book club over The Fault in Our Stars, step outside your comfort zone and offer breakfast for dinner.

Afterwords Acquisitions

Much like I never tire of hearing how people meet one another, I could sit for hours and listen to how one comes across a good book to read.  A Brownie and Book Club Babe mom, Miss Toni, and I were discussing books via email.  She mentioned The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  I purchased this book last summer at Afterwords Bookstore for my teen neighbor with the understanding I could borrow said book, but as to date, I am still waiting.  So, I felt a visit to the local bookstore, Afterwords Bookstore, needed to be added to my to-do list (any excuse works for me).

Post-Its in Place after a Late Night of Reading
English 111 Student with the Highest Average Wins a Copy in My Class

Although I had a purchase in mind as well as a book to pick up, Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street (which I inquired about through e-mail and received a response the same day from LuAnn, the owner- customer service at its finest), I like to walk on the wooden floors and roam between the rooms of books.  

Some of my discoveries . . .

My Youngest Daughter’s Namesake 
Included Are Beautiful Illustrations and a Brief Background of the Reading                
Ideal Reference Book for the Emergent Reader

Shop local.  Visit Afterwords Books at 232 S. Buchanan St. in Edwardsville, IL.  You will be glad you did.