Monday, January 23, 2012

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars

First off, I'd like to announce that The Platypus Manifesto will be sticking to a new schedule!

I will be attempting to stick to a five post a week update schedule from here on out. Mondays will be when I post original content by yours truly, the rest of the week I will be posting links to interesting articles along with my comments. Its an ambitious schedule for me, as I've hardly been averaging one post a month, but I want to grow this blog a bit.

So here we go! Welcome to the new Manifesto.

I recently finished John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. TFiOS is short, being just over 300 pages and easy reading. I finished this book in one sitting. It is aimed at young adults but I believe the theme would speak to people of any age.

TFiOS is one of those books that you can't walk away from unchanged. When I finished it I found myself in a very introspective mood and couldn't go to bed until I had sat down and made a rough draft of a schedule. I was that convicted over how I (mis)use my time. You see, the characters in The Fault in our Stars do not have much time, and they have terminal cancer to thank for that.

TFiOS follows two teenagers diagnosed with terminal cancer as they try to navigate life and love while knowing full well that they will not survive their cancer. Despite the constant threat of death, The Fault in Our Stars is less about dying and more about living. The characters explore such questions as Will I be loved? Will I be remembered? Will I leave a mark on the world? These questions are universal but they take on a new urgency in the face of certain, if slow, death.

John Green's writing is excellent and his characters seem like very real people stuck in very real situations. Its the type of writing that causes you to become emotionally attached to the characters. Parts of this book made me laugh and others made me cry.

All in all The Fault in Our Stars is a most excellent book and I highly recommend it.

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