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Each year, Read To Succeed’s One Book of Rutherford County program challenges residents
to join together and read a chosen book. Centered on the relationship of Hazel Grace and Augustus
Waters, two teenagers diagnosed with terminal cancer, Fault in Our Stars is a true
page-turner, and its appeal to multiple age groups is part of the reason the One Book
committee chose it for One Book.
about the book
BOOKLIST DESCRIPTION: At 16, Hazel Grace Lancaster, a three-year stage IV–cancer survivor, is clinically depressed. To help her deal with this, her doctor sends her to a weekly support group where she meets Augustus Waters, a fellow cancer survivor, and the two fall in love. Both kids are preternaturally intelligent, and Hazel is fascinated with a novel about cancer called An Imperial Affliction. Most particularly, she longs to know what happened to its characters after an ambiguous ending. To find out, the enterprising Augustus makes it possible for them to travel to Amsterdam, where Imperial’s author, an expatriate American, lives. What happens when they meet him must be left to readers to discover. Suffice it to say, it is significant. Writing about kids with cancer is an invitation to sentimentality and pathos—or worse, in unskilled hands, bathos. Beautifully conceived and executed, this story artfully examines the largest possible considerations—life, love, and death—with sensitivity, intelligence, honesty, and integrity. In the process, Green shows his readers what it is like to live with cancer, sometimes no more than a breath or a heartbeat away from death.
why we picked it
This year, the One Book Committee has chosen John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, an affecting novel that tackles big subjects--life, death, love—with a raw honesty that makes it an enlightening read. One Book Committee Co-chair and MTSU English Professor Laura Beth Payne says that, in the end, Read To Succeed chose a book for 2012-13 that could “stir up meaningful conversations.” “The characters are definitely complex as well as relatable,” Payne says, “but the questions they ask about life, faith, literature, pain, and relationships are intrinsically part of the human experience, and we really valued that in the book.”
“I think anyone can relate to the book on some level,” Payne says, “because even though it does deal with individuals with cancer, cancer is not the focus of the book. The book actually focuses on how the characters find meaning in their lives from their faith, relationships, families, and even the literature they read. Readers will definitely have much to think about in the book, but they'll also receive reminders about what gives us strength and hope in times of trouble.”
the book crossing
This month, Rutherford County residents will have the opportunity to pick up a copy of The Fault in Our Stars in eight designated locations as part of this year’s One Book Crossing. The copies of Fault have stickers inside telling readers where they can drop off their book when finished, and also a Qr code which smart phone users can scan to give reviews and feedback on this web page. If you've read the book as part of our One Book Program, please click here to leave us a comment, and you'll be entered to win one of two $20 gift cards to Barnes & Noble.
The books for the crossing were generously donated by Ingram Content Group
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