Friday, February 24, 2012

YA Book Club: The Fault In Our Stars


It's time for February's YA Book Club, hosted by Tracey Neithercott, and today we are discussing The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, aka The Best Book I've Read In A Long Time.


I shared my review of this book here already back with my Bookanistas review. (Spoiler: I ADORED it.) But I don't want to let that stop me from participating in the Book Club fun! So I'm sharing some fun The Fault in Our Stars things I have found around the internets. 

First of all, I hope all of you who have finished the book have checked out the Tumblr John Green created to answer questions about the book. (Hint: The password is the last word of the book's acknowledgments) It's so rare to be able to have this kind of access to an author and be able to ask things like...was this a symbol? Why did you name Hazel Hazel and Agustus Agustus? WHAT DOES IT ALL MEEEEAAAAN? I love checking this site for updates and getting a glimpse into the genius of JG. 

My IRL book club met this past weekend and discussed TFIOS, and I pulled up this site and read some of his answers when these questions came up. It was awesome to have the actual answer from the author, although blind speculation can be lots of fun sometimes. And can I just say that nothing makes me happier than sitting around with a group of ten grown-ass women and discussing John Green. The book was a hit with my friends, which made me so happy because it was my choice. (Obviously.)

Oh, and we also ate all of this:

I wish THIS book club came with all of these treats!

Next, there was this amazing review on the NYTimes that I have not seen enough people spreading around. (YA community, can we all please make sure that these positive write-ups get as many page views as the negative ones? Read this! Share it! Talk about it! Someone smart is saying nice things about YA in public, let's please make sure everyone knows!)

Then there was the time I waited around for two and a half hours on a school night for a chance at thirty seconds of John Green face time. 
It was so worth it. 

Oh, and finally there are all of these cool things I have been finding on Tumblr...
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I know this wasn't the traditional book club post, but I figured I didn't need to share my thoughts on the book AGAIN...and it's always fun to see cool stuff that goes along with that book you loved, right?

So...did everyone else love this book as much as I did? Do you have any TFIOS or John Green fun things to share?

33 comments:

  1. I totally have to jump on this bandwagon. I shall read this one next :)

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  2. Ahhh! I did not know about that Tumblr!
    *dashes off to read all of it.*

    The infinities quote is one of my favorites of any book.

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  3. I absolutely loved TFIOS. It was amazing and beautiful and sad and hopeful; it was so many things to me! I'm jealous you got to see John and Hank.

    Thanks for sharing the NYT article, I will pass it along for sure!

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    1. I loved how it was so many things at once...that's what made it so perfect.

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  4. I LOVE those Tumblr pics. And I did not know about the John Green Tumblr! I need to know all of his authorly insights immediately.

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    1. It's so awesome that he shares all the answers with us. I love it.

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  5. I'm so jealous of your book club! With all those treats, how did you even get around to discussing the book?

    Of course, I loved TFIOS, too! It kind of sucks it came out so early in the year because now I feel like nothing I read will live up to it.

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    1. Yeah, Book Club sometimes turns into Food Club.

      And I have to edit...the book was TAMEKA'S suggestion, not mine. :-\

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  6. I wish I could join your book club! Sounds like so much fun. I can't believe I haven't read this book yet. I got it late, and then I just had so many library books to get through... but I need to read it asap!

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  7. Thanks for sharing all of these links! Especially that Tumblr--OMG! ANSWERS! Off to check them out now. :)

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    1. I love the answers. I check it all the time.

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  8. Remember that one time we spent like 5 hours in a middle school auditorium just to look John Green in the face?

    Totally worth it.

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    1. Remember that time I said I chose the book when it was actually you? ;-)

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  9. I love book clubs that actually talk about the book. Love it!

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  10. I love your take on YA Book Club this month, and I love those last few images, especially the one about infinities. And yeah... I wish this book club came with treats too!

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    1. I didn't want to post another review when I had already posted a review. I can only flail around and say I loved it so many times, you know? :-)

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  11. If I had read the book before the John Green event I might have wanted some face time, as well. My book is signed (just part of his pre-signing awesomeness) but it's not the same once you've read this book. You need to meet The Amazing Writer That is John Green.

    Thanks for all the Tumblr tips! You're right about sharing that NY Times article. I shared it on Facebook but I should do more. :-) ::Running to Tumblr::

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    1. Yeah, there was no way I was going to NOT meet him, even though it was a very long night of sitting around. It was worth it.

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  12. Hmmmm....treats! :D

    Thank you so much for sharing the NYT article. I had not read it yet. Quite interesting and indeed definitely worth spreading around. Love the pictures too!

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    1. Yeah, we link the bad articles like crazy...we need to give the good ones the same attention!

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  13. Both you and Liz and two other friends have recommended The Fault in Our Stars to me. I NEED to read it!!! And looks like you had a fun book club get-together!

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    1. Get on the train! This book is awesome! :-D

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  14. I've been dying to read this. Now with the Tumblr bonus I must dive in.

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  15. Yum yum yum. I want to join your book club. Sounds like you guys have loads of fun and eat lots of yummy goodies! I haven't read TFIOS yet as I'm holding off for the moment because I just can't do sad right now. But I'm lucky that JG lives where I live (especially cuz so few authors live here, period), so I see him all over the place. (Oddly, though, I first met him in DC). I think it would be way worth it to wait 2 hours to see him!

    Thank you for the links, too. I'll bookmark the Tumblr for when I do read it. The bit I heard him read from TFIOS was quite stunning. And your own glowing response is encouraging as well. I'm looking forward to reading it and learning more about the behind the scenes stuff.

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  16. Hold the phone--THAT is what you eat at book club? Where do I sign up?!!!!?

    I have TFIOS on my "To Come With Me To Vegas" pile (which is totally in the way on my dining room table) right now. I leave on Sunday morning and I'm equal parts excited to read such a great story, but terrified it's going to send me into some emo funk while in the midst of Vegas. Should be interesting.

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  17. It made my heart ache, but I loved it. In fact even though it's been weeks since I finished it, I still think about it!

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