May 18, 2014
Book 27: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Lets see...I liked the book, but I was hoping for a bit more, but I can see how this book is important to younger readers. I have been listening to a podcast called What are you reading? Where the host often asks about the book that turned your head as a young reader, and I see that this could be one of those books.
In a nutshell it is a book about Cancer kids who fall in love and die. It feels like it shines a unflinching eye on the subject and speaks on a topic that most kids have little connection to.
After reading this book, I was given the typical suggestions of what to read next. And of course they were all YA novels and now ones on kids who die. I have mixed feelings on this. In the world that lives produces recommendation only off of current purchases or reads, I am afraid of being typed cast as a YA reader. I don't have a problem reading YA if it is done well, and I have a daughter who is a reader and starting to pick up some of these books. But I want to be able to read other types of books. Ones that are written for adults and have some meat on them. It seems like I get the Classics, which is fine, but it seems like the only digging down that occurs is that they are classics and nothing else or now I am getting YA book recommendation. Can it combine the and see what else comes up?
I find this similar to Pandoras recommendation to me on music. I like a certain 1 Hit wonder from the 80's, who had gone on and produced many wonderful albums and styles. I would like a recommendation of songs from one of his later albums to see what else is out there and I all I get recommended is 80's New Wave music, which I like but is not like his jazzier, moodier later stuff so I am left frustrated and type cast. I have always had an eclectic taste in music, as with most things in life. Give a good sampling of a whole bunch of stuff.
Ah anyways. that is a tangent that is not really well thought out, just some frustrations.
Back to the book. Yes it is a book I will be OK if my daughter reads, I would just like her to be a tad bit older as there is a bit of sex involved.