Posts Tagged ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

Coming to theaters near you: TFiOS!

January 23, 2014

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There’s recently been a bit of an uproar about photos and the poster that have been released for the upcoming movie version of John Green’s hit novel The Fault in Our Stars.  Some of the controversy surrounds the movie poster’s tagline: “One sick love story.”  Additionally, in many of the stills from the movie (see below), Hazel isn’t wearing her cannula, including during the big moment in the Anne Frank House.

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So what do you think?  Is the tagline insensitive, or is it just the type of humor Hazel would find funny?  Is it troubling that Hazel isn’t always wearing her cannula like she has to in the book?  Sound off in the comments!

Looking for your next great read? Check out NoveList!

August 29, 2013

One of my favorite ways to discover new books is NoveList, a database we subscribe to here at DPL!  NoveList is great for when you really like a certain author or book and you’d like to read more books that are similar.  It’s super easy to use, here’s a quick tutorial!

From the homepage of our website, hover over Research Tools and click Online Resources from the drop-down menu.  On the second page of options, you’ll find NoveList!  Make sure you have your library card nearby because you’ll be asked for that barcode number.

 

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Once you’ve made it to NoveList’s homepage, you’re ready to start searching.  Let’s say you’ve read all of John Green’s books and LOVED them all, and now you want to find something similar that you’ll enjoy just as much.  In that search bar at the top, just type in “John Green” and click Author, and hit search.

 

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As you can see from the screenshot above, John Green is right at the top of the list.  You can click his name for more info about him and his books, or you can scroll down a few lines and click on Author Read-alikes to find a list of authors and reasons why you might like their books if you like John Green.

 

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Let’s say The Fault in Your Stars is you absolute favorite John Green book, and you want to find another book that is like it.  Instead of searching for John Green read-alikes, you can find read-alikes specifially for TFiOS!  From the NoveList homepage, type “The Fault in Our Stars” in the search bar, click on Title, and hit the search button.  Now you should be seeing an info page all about TFiOS, and on the right side you’ll see a list of books that you might also enjoy.

And there you have it, your next favorite book discovered!  You can do this with just about any author or book.  Visit NoveList from our homepage today and give it a try!

If you like John Green….

March 27, 2013

Have you read all of John Green’s books and now you’re wondering what to read next?  Here are some suggestions:

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If you liked Looking For Alaska: You might want to try other boarding school novels like Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard (if you’re looking for another guy narrator) and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (if you’d like to switch to a girl narrator). Another great choice is Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher; like Alaska, it’s about a guy who is piecing together information about a girl he thought he knew.

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If you liked An Abundance of Katherines:  Other road trip stories like The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith and Car Trouble by Jeanne DuPrau could be right up your alley.   Much like Katherines, Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler is (as the title suggests) about dealing with a breakup.

 

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If you liked Paper Towns:  Check out some more books about guys falling for and/or getting caught up in the lives of complex, eccentric, mysterious girls.  You might try out The Disenchantments by Nina Lacour, The Amanda Project by Melissa Kantor, and Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King.

 

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If you liked Will Grayson, Will Grayson:  Try some other books told in multiple perspectives, like My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger or Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.   If you’re interested in another LGBT read, Geography Club by Brent Hartinger is a great pick for fans of Will Grayson.

 

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If you liked The Fault in Our Stars:  Moving stories about love and loss like Deadline by Chris Crutcher, The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen, and Before I Die by Jenny Downham might be just what you’re looking for.

For more reading lists, be sure to check out our Recommended Reads for Teens page!

BRR: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

February 29, 2012

TitleThe Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green

Other books in series or Standalone: Standalone

First Impressions: A friend of mine took the dive and read The Fault in Our Stars before I did. So, I knew going in that this book was going to be great, but extremely sad.  I mean, it’s about a sixteen-year-old with terminal cancer, there’s pretty much no way that’s not going to be sad.   However, once I actually got into the book, I was thoroughly surprised with the attitude of the main character, Hazel. It was nothing like I expected, and I very much wanted to get to know her better.

Last Impressions: Wow, what an amazing book. The Fault in Our Stars is easily my favorite by John Green. The relationship between Hazel and Augustus was at once uplifting and tragic, and I’m a sucker for beautiful contrast. Their story sticks with you long after you put the book down. I’m not going to say I cried, but—if only that truck full of onions hadn’t driven by as I was reading.

Thoughts on the bookcover: The cover is very elegant and simple. While this may not seem so amazing, think back on the cover of any classic you’ve seen. They’ve almost all been elegant and simple! That’s just the publishing company putting their faith in John Green, preemptively believing this novel will be a classic.

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Favorite Moment (POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT): It has to be, and this scene plays out with the utmost respect, making out in the Anne Frank House. Yeah, I just typed that. But really, that whole scene was perfect.

Least Favorite Moment (POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT): I actually don’t have a least favorite moment, per se. But when Hazel says she doesn’t want to be close to anyone in order to avoid “collateral damage” when she dies, her situation really hit me hard. 

People who should read this: All NerdFighters, of course. Anyone looking for a book that’s tragic, yet beautiful. Those not afraid to cry in order to feel fulfilled.

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If you like this book, you may also like: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

***Also, there’s a Tumblr for The Fault in Our Stars for those that have finished the book, featuring a direct Q&A between you and John Green. However, it’s password protected (the last word in the Acknowledgements, case sensitive), so make sure you jot it down when you check out the book!