Virtual YA Book Club: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Before I get started with the discussion on The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, I wanted to announce two things:
1) I’m canceling our December book club. The holidays are a nutso time and I need a little break to catch up on life.
2) I’m happy to announce our January 2013 book club selection is Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia. I met Kristen-Paige at the Wordstock Book Festival in Portland, OR and she read a few pages from her debut YA novel. Seriously amazing, guys. ALSO, Kristen-Paige is interested in joining us for a Twitter chat to discuss the book, so we can have a live discussion of the book! Please read FOY by January 15.
Now back to our regularly scheduled discussion!
Premise (from John Green’s website)
The Fault in Our Stars is the story of Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters, two Indianapolis teenagers who meet at a Cancer Kid Support Group.
But this book is about so much more. From page one, I was completely hooked. I loved that this was the typical coming-of-age love story BUT in a very different world than the average girl-meets-boy book. Once I reached the last few chapters, I just had to know how what would happen with Hazel and Augustus.
I was also really happy to see that Oprah magazine picked TFIOS as one of its top YA books in 2012. Well-deserved.
Here are my questions. Feel free to add your own!
1) What did you learn about young adults dealing with cancer and parents who are raising children with cancer?
2) Augustus is obsessed with playing violent video games and Issac plays blind video games when he loses his sight. Teenage boys love video games, but how is the meaning different here?
3) What do you think of this quote that the title is derived from, “”The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,/ But in ourselves.”?
4) What are some of your favorite moments in TFIOS?
5) What did you think of Peter Van Houten? Did you hate him?
6) Speaking of Peter Van Houten, what did you think of the novel within the novel? Why was Hazel so desperate to know what happened to Anna’s mother?
7) After finishing TFIOS, what do you think John Green is saying about love?