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Book Worm: Dazzling moment can't be captured

By Kathleen Duncan
Feb. 12, 2014 at 3:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 11, 2014 at 8:12 p.m.


When I need to read a gorgeously written turn of phrase. A stunningly drawn scene. A conversation so perfect I wish it had occurred in real life.

When I need certain moments because they are as warm and comforting as an old friend.

When I need to read it again just to feel that feeling once more.

This exists in a finite number of books.

And I wish these books could stay forever untouched.

They belong in our head, where the characters will always look the way we envisioned them when we first met them.

Where their voices will be unsullied by an actor's attempt at replication.

Where the most breathtaking moments of their story will be forever unblemished.

I often feel that great books shouldn't become movies because nothing that the movie creates will ever live up to the experience of reading the book.

"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green is one of those books.

Alas, it's going to be a movie, so I must shout from the rooftops that everyone should read the book before they watch it.

Don't even watch the trailer yet. Resist!

"The Fault in Our Stars" introduces us to two ordinary yet exceptional young people, Hazel and Augustus.

Hazel is a 16-year-old cancer patient who attends a support group, watches TV with her parents and reads books.

Though she is terminal, her tumors have shrunk because of an experimental treatment, giving her a little more time: a little more time to struggle with breathing, a little more time to worry about her parents, a little more time to just keep surviving.

Then Augustus Waters stumbles into her life and changes everything.

This book isn't the typical cancer patient staying strong or being brave despite all their challenges plot line. It's not preachy or sappy or depressing.

"The Fault in our Stars" is articulate. It's funny, it's intelligent, and it's infinitely heartbreaking.

John Green explores impossible subjects in a way that makes them accessible. He writes about loss and love with eloquence, capturing our hearts and never letting go.

"The Fault in Our Stars" is a wonderful book because at its core, it's just about people.

It's about Hazel and Augustus, who for a brief, dazzling moment just get to have each other.

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