Eleanor isn't big on reading so I was somewhat surprised when she came home from school a few weeks ago with a book in her hands. I was even more surprised when I couldn't get her head out of it for the next forty eight hours.
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green is a book which many of her friends have read and were discussing in school. Eleanor decided that she wanted to read it, so one of her friends lent it to her. Now Eleanor isn't the fastest reader, but she finished this in two days flat, she couldn't put it down. Since reading it, she's mentioned it many times and said that she'd like to read it again, but she'd given the book back to her friend. I think when you've read some books, you can't get them out of your mind for some time afterwards, and this is obviously one of those books for Eleanor.
I decided that I'd buy a copy so that Eleanor has her own copy, but also so that I could read it too. It's actually aimed at young adults, and some of the language actually gives that away, but I enjoyed reading it.
The book is narrated by Hazel, a sixteen year old Cancer sufferer who meets Augustus Waters, a seventeen year old amputee, at a support group. To put it in a nutshell, it's a teenage love story, but it's not just for teenagers, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Be warned though, it will reduce you to a blubbering wreck.
I finished this book in bed a few nights ago. When Eleanor knew that I was on the last chapter, she laid next to me and waited patiently for me to finish, at which point, she took the book straight from my hands, took herself off to bed and started reading it again. This is the girl who seldom reads, praise for The Fault In Our Stars indeed.