We’re having a giveaway to celebrate The Fault in Our Stars movie release over on Wear Pink Wednesdays! I had been putting off reading John Green’s novel of the same name for quite some time but I finally decided to be brave and read this book I was terrified of starting for so long last week. I had previously purchased TFIOS and I would see it sitting on my shelf and shudder and think about how one day I might be able to pick it up. The reason I had been putting off my inevitable reading session is because for the past few years my mother had been battling cancer and I didn’t think I would be emotionally strong enough to handle reading about other people who are in pain while my mom was going through something similar. Her latest test results have come back clear and she’s been cancer free for a few months, so her having won her battle made me feel like it was time that I could read this book. I ended up loving it so much that I finished in only two days. I don’t regret my decision to wait because within the first few pages Hazel Grace talks about a member of her support group who has the same kind of rare cancer my mother had (Hazel’s direct quote is “She was a regular- in a long remission from appendiceal cancer, which I had not previously known existed”).
After getting over the initial anxiety I had felt, I fell for Augustus Waters’ charm, the same way Hazel Grace did. I really enjoyed the course of their romance and while I understood Hazel’s reservations about getting involved with someone while being fully aware that she’s terminally ill, I was still rooting for those little lovebirds. Another fascinating element of the story is Hazel Grace”s obsession with a novel by Peter Van Houten. The fictional novel-within-a-novel, about a girl who suffers from cancer, serves as an interesting parallel between the fictitious characters and their own tales. The novel, An Imperial Affliction, is one that Hazel had become obsessed with several years earlier, so she shares it with Augustus and thereafter, the pair forge a tenacious bond. John Green takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions throughout the entirety of the novel and by the last page I became so attached to the aforementioned characters that I understood why the journey was worth the pain and sadness I knew I would feel when I started reading the first page.
And now for the fun part, the giveaway part! As I previously mentioned, we’re hosting a giveaway on Wear Pink Wednesdays, and you should totally enter to win! The prize includes a $25 Visa Gift Card to see the film in theaters, a copy of John Green’s book with the movie-tie in cover, a TFIOS tote bag, and a headphone splitter with a phone stand. The contest is open to all US residents and a winner will be chosen on Friday June 6th. Good luck!