So I actually read this book back when it came out, but I’m playing catch up on my blog. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green is one of the best books I’ve read this year, and probably the only book in which I was actually rooting for underage characters to have premarital sex (and that’s a long story that you’ll only get if you read the book – and I’m not saying if it actually happens or not). I laughed, I cried like a hormonal teenage girl, I wanted to go inside the book and hang out with the characters, and I actually felt like I understood the world a little bit better when I finished reading it. Some of the teenage girls I have taught actually argue with me about who would win the heart of Augustus Waters if he were a real-life guy. (I would, hands down. I don’t care that I’m too old for him.)
As a teacher and mentor of teenagers, I have no hesitation in recommending this book to high schoolers. It opens up so many lines of discussion and so many opportunities to explore faith and life that it’s a really valuable, and highly enjoyable, reading experience. I don’t as readily recommend Green’s other books for content reasons, but I have read and enjoyed them myself, and have had great talks about them with a few students.
The bottom line is that this book, TFIOS, is an instant classic that will be around forever and should be read by all. Keep up with John Green on his tumblr: http://fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com/ and buy his books anywhere!