It was a sad story and resulted in a lot of tears. My 6 year old commented, "Oh Mom must be on a sad part, she is crying."
My son recognized recently that I like sad movies and sad books. I do like a great movie/book that makes me cry. I sometimes empathize with the story in weird ways though, so what makes me tear up might not make everyone else tear up.
I doubt that this is not a tearjerker for everyone, doesn't dying and cancer make everyone cry? I cried a lot at the end of the book, won't spoil it and tell you why. I did get to a part in which the tears continued to roll as I turned the pages. And the river did not stop quickly, I was like the father with a constantly wet chin!
|Evidence of my tears, not a 1 tissue book.|
Any book loaded with metaphors, sarcasm, creative language, and a few laugh-out-loud moments will win me over.
The Fault In Our Stars was a quick read for me, my son was impressed I was already finished with it this morning.
There were parts that I think are predictable. I loved that I was able to correctly predict events and character motivations.
When I find a great book that I love, I will consider reading it with or to my students. Well, not this book. This book will not be in my class library either. In my honest opinion, the topics and some events are too mature for the general 5th grader.
Some of my students were reading this in May. Several told me they loved it and I should read it. One told me she was reading it because her mom always makes her read a book before she sees the movie. I liked her mom's point, but am not sure this book/movie was right for this young lady.
I don't know, maybe I am old-fashioned, or a prude, but I really felt that this book was intended for a more mature audience. Here is why...
- Mentioning multiple times of ballless guy who survived testicular cancer.
- Sexual innuendos
- Life and death
- Metaphor of smoking (wouldn't want to see my 5th graders cradling cigarettes because the book presented it as cool, even if they did not light them)
- Language (cursing and vocabulary)
Now, there are always exceptions to anything, and there are probably some mature readers who might be able to handle the contents and make the philosophical connections, but honestly I doubt most would.
The book is about choices made by 16, 17, and 18 year-olds, not decisions made by 10, 11, and 12 year-olds, so why not save the book for those who can really relate?
Another thing I liked about the book was the connection of a reader to an author and wanting to know more or what happened to the characters after the book was over. I have read many books like that, and have wanted to just sit and talk with them about their take on life. Perhaps that is why I really related to Hazel and her obsession to finding the answers from Peter Van Houten. I would have wanted the same answers, based on what I read from that book!
So, have you read this book? What did you think? If you haven't read it, are you planning on reading it?
I kept my post very vague, in case you haven't read it yet, but would love to hear your thoughts about the story.
What's next on my list? Because of Mr. Terupt. A few reviews compared it to Wonder, an absolute favorite, and I am hoping it will be a book I can read to my students! We'll see.