This, my friends, is a gold nugget find. This is my new favorite book. Disregard any and all book reviews I have suggested before this one. I love this book. In the long drawn out way one says "love" when talking about deliciously perfect things like The Notebook or caramel lattes.
This book is about a teenager with cancer, Hazel Grace, who ends up meeting and falling in love with another teenager with cancer, Augustus Waters. This is not your ordinary young adult cancer novel or your ordinary love novel or ordinary in any way. John Green writes in such a sophisticated and blunt way, he practically forces the truth out in every sentence in a way that really makes you think. This book is eccentric. The characters are sarcastic and brutally honest. Life, love and death are defined in unexpected ways that are incredibly accurate. Enough blabbering--here are a few (probably too many) quotes that grabbed me, and some reviews from the book.
"You will be thankful for the little infinity you spend inside this book."-NPR.org
"Damn near genius. . . Simply devastating . . . Fearless in the face of powerful, uncomplicated, unironized emotion." -TIME
"Sometimes people don't understand the promises they're making when they make them... But you keep the promise anyway. That's what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway."
"That's the thing about pain... it demands to be felt."
"You are buying into the cross-stitched sentiments of your parents' throw pillows. You're arguing that the fragile, rare thing is beautiful simply because it is fragile and rare. But that's a lie, and you know it."
"I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you."
Food for thought.
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On a less philosophical note, I got my business cards in last week!
They are in a little birds nest that was abandoned at the store. Which I think is a pretty darn cute place for them. What do you think of them?
Oh and I forgot to tell you!! I sold my tie dress in the store the other day! So, I got to give out my very first business card to my very first paying customer. Yippee.
Any thoughts on the book or cards are greatly appreciated. I hope all is well.