January's bookclub selection was:
The Fault In Our Stars
by John Green
Summary from the back of the book:
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything by terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
SO! Here is what I thought.
I thought that it was REALLY beautifully written in terms of picturesque illustration. I mean, I
really want to go have dinner in Amsterdam now. :)
(you'll understand if you read the story, and if not, you'll have to read it
to find out what I mean)
I thought that it was enlightening to help understand how a very intelligent teen with a long term fatal disease might handle life, family and love.
BUT that is just about all the good I could find.
There were a lot of medical inconsistencies, also a lot of things that just didn't make
logical sense in terms of their travel arrangements.
But the biggest annoyance was the general overall attitude toward people that believe
in God or an afterlife. There were mocking tones and down right blasphemous illustrations
about "the literal heart of Jesus" over and over. The only believers in the story
were made out to be out-of-touch, uninformed losers.
For example, here's a quote from Hazel (main character) after Gus (her true love) tells her that he absolutely believes in an after life. Or, at least "Something" after life.
"Really" I asked. I was surprised. I'd always associated belief in heaven with, frankly, a kind
of intellectual disengagement. But Gus wasn't dumb."
I get it. We, the believing, are old-school and a dying breed... but really?
I don't know. I just couldn't get over it.
Tell me. Did you LOVE this best selling block buster?
It left me wanting.