Published by Dutton Books on January 10, 2012
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One of the problems with reading mostly “literary fiction” is that I tend to miss out on some great books simply because they don’t show up in my recommendations lists on various websites. Every December, I scour the “Top Books of 2012” lists and compile a list of top picks that catch my interest and try to play catch up. This year is no different, and so far I have added The Round House, The End of Your Life Book Club and The Fault In Our Stars (feel free to add your recommendations in the comments section below).
Upon the recommendation of my sister, I opted to read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green first (apparently he is considered a “voice of our generation” and has a popular YouTube channel, but I didn’t know that until this week). Now, I read a lot of good books, but I don’t often stumble across one that captures my attention to the point that I forget about the outside world. This book did just that, and I highly recommend it. Narrated by a terminally ill teenage girl, it tells a poignant story of life, love and loss. It is written in a conversational tone, and the reader rides the ups and downs of cancer and normal teenage problems with the narrator. This book demonstrates a wide range of emotions and I laughed, cried and got mad right along with the main characters.
I don’t typically read, never mind like, young adult books, but this one was a rare exception. I can understand why it made every “Top Books” list and recommend it to both teens and adults. Thanks to my sister for vouching for it, because without her I would have skipped over it!