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The Fault in Our Stars - author has a Birmingham connection

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I will admit up front that I haven’t read this book but my niece, Sarah, has read it three times, so that’s good enough for me. And then she saw the movie on opening day. When I asked her about the theme, she replied, “Cancer is not the theme. Their love story and how they fall in love is the theme.” She goes on to say the story teaches that you don’t have to be in a perfect state of health for someone to fall in love with you.

The author, John Green, has a connection to Birmingham. He attended the Indian Springs School in Shelby County. His first book, Looking for Alaska, was based on his experiences at this school.

After college, he lived and worked in Chicago for some years. He planned at one time to be an Episcopal Priest, but never followed up. However, his experience working as a student chaplain in a children’s hospital led eventually to the writing of The Fault in Their Stars.
Green has written a number of other young adult fiction books.

  • Looking for Alaska
  • Paper Towns
  • An Abundance of Katherines (which I HAVE read)
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson (coauthored with David Levithan)
  • Let It Snow (coauthored with Maureen Johnson)
  • Zombicorns (series)

My advice: read the book first. I think that is always the better way to go.


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