The Fault in Our Stars Book and Movie #TFIOS

The Fault In Our StarsIf you haven’t read The Fault in Our Stars, you are missing an rich, insightful book about the human heart folding teen love into a roller coaster journey of the greater evil of cancer.

The movie is coming out soon and I just finished listening to the book on Audible. I can’t wait to watch the movie and cry all over again.  My teen daughter cried just watching the trailer, tears of complete joy over the casting, feeling in her deepest young heart that the actors chosen would portray this delicate and beautiful story in such a complete way.

In truth, I spent most of my time listening the the story controlling the real tears which threatened as each chapter poured into my heart via Audible for Android through ear buds connected to my cell  walking through the middle of life which is the only time I have time to “read” fiction these days. I held back tears so that the Wawa employees wouldn’t think I was breaking apart over a coffee and egg, cheese & bacon croissant as bits of the story kept pouring out and I couldn’t stop listening even for quick trip into the convenience store.

I held back tears as I gathered s’more supplies and put out sodas for the teens guests at our house last night because the book was so close to the end and I couldn’t stop listening even then. If I had just said “The Fault in Our Stars” and pointed to my earbuds, they may have understood and nodded since this relatively new entry to the world of literature is already become a cult classic for my daughter’s generation much like Judy Blume’s Forever . . . was for mine but I didn’t want to share that moment with any of them there last night. They were too busy being concerned with their own teen relationships and who was talking to who.

Much more than worry over the ones around me seeing me cry, I held back the tears I wanted to cry during poignant moments because John Green has a way of infusing hope, a glorious silver lining, into every sad, sad moment. The true beauty of this book is that there is an “okay” to be found in the face of whatever we are going through.

(Note: Loved the interview with the author on Audible after the story ended.)

ABOUT THE MOVIE: Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them — and us — on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, based upon the number-one bestselling novel by John Green, explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love.

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