Moons ago on my first Free Thursdays (note to self: should bring back Free Thursdays) I linked to a vlogbrothers post from YouTube by John Green.
For those who are unaware of the nerdfighteria concept, Mr. Green (who writes young adult literature for a living) and his brother Mr. Green (who is a giant nerd) record weekly video blogs… ostensibly for each other, but they’re really a gimmick to address the general audience. They both were fans of ZeFrank, and the manic delivery style of their video blogging reflects this. They’ve also branched out into a number of other YouTube channels about science and nerds doing nerdy things.
Needless to say, I like them both quite a bit.
John Green recently released his new novel, “The Fault In Our Stars“, which hit #1 on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble bestseller lists, as well as the NY Times. I was a preorder (signed copy!) but I only got around to reading the book last week. Review: a really good treatment of a pretty bleak topic (young adults with terrible cancers, some terminal). Minor spoiler: if you have children, or have a very large amount of affection for nieces or nephews (official or friend’s kiddos), or if you’re a sappy type, you will have a hard time not bawling your eyes out for a number of chapters, plural. This is a melancholy book, albeit a very life-affirming one.
Like most books targeted at the young-adult market, it’s a fast read. I devoured it in a night and Kitty finished it the next day, so if you like books that make you think about things like death and cancer and lives that are too short, I think this is a worthy pickup.