So if you're a fan of the Vlogbrothers Green, you probably have inferred, by that oh so clever title, which book I'm talking about. Inside Nerdfighter jokes, I'm rockin' em. And if you're not a fan of the Vlogbrothers, you need to hop right on over to YouTube and check out just what you've been missing...after you've read this blog post, of course.
I've read a lot of great books this year. A lot. I've laughed, wept, and fallen in love over ink-covered paper. One book that encapsulates the amazing reading year I've had, that has brought me to all of those emotional extremes I listed and beyond, is also a book that is topping many Best Of 2012 lists. And I am grinning ear-to-ear, knowing that a novel that defies that gooey, cliche-ridden crap that popular YA novels seem to be made of since a certain sparkly vampire got every teenage girl's heart racing is getting such a huge amount of well-deserved attention.
That book is, of course, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.
I don't have a review up yet for that amazing book since I read it months before the creation of this blog and so couldn't have given it an in-depth review, but that might actually be a good thing because I could have never done it justice with my words. It's one of those books that will stay with me forever, and render me into a blubbering mess of tears and smiles and nose-drippings whenever I think back on it.
And it is TIMES Best Book Of 2012.
And Goodreads Best In YA Fiction.
And undoubtedly topping many, many other Best Books lists.
I. Am. So. Freaking. Happy.
Finally, the hype is deserved.
Finally, the lists got it right.
Finally, I'm not the odd-man-out praising a book that only avid readers have heard of.
The writing world needs more books like The Fault In Our Stars. And more humble, deserving authors like John Green. Anyone reading this who hasn't read that needs to stop what they're doing and order a copy. If you have a beating heart, you will most likely love this book.
And now, I'm off to reread my favorite TFiOS passages with a handful of tissues at the ready.
And oh! A special shout-out to my dear, dear friend Pixie, who is also a fellow (and much more successful) book blogger for forcing me to shut up about it costing too much and order The Fault In Our Stars early on in the year. Oh, how right you were.