So if you feel like having a good cry, pick up a copy of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Naturally I'm way behind on this one, and it's already made pretty much everyone else in the whole wide world sob their eyes out. Now I'm part of the club.
If you happen to be among the few that are yet to cry over Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, let me give you a brief summary of what this book is all about. Hazel and Augustus are teenage cancer patients who meet in a group therapy session. Being kindred spirits with a penchant for sarcasm and philosophy, they fall in love, only to meet what is pretty much guaranteed from the beginning to be a tragic end.
Between the tears you'll shed while reading this book is a beautiful message that applies to everyone's lives, both long and short, life is fleeting, ever-changing, so enjoy love and happiness when it comes along. It can make even the shortest lives worth living.
The book is on track to theaters soon, which I have to say, kind of disappoints me. This book hit hard. While its rich and dramatic language is totally believable in print, I worry that some of the best lines will come off as trite or immature in film. That's happened with some of my favorite tear-jerker films before. The Time Traveler's Wife, for example, was a fine movie, but it just didn't have the same power that the book did.
I would be thrilled to be wrong about that though, so I'll be sure to watch it when it comes out. If you've read the book, check out the trailer below. If not, save yourself for the real thing!