NPRs Weekend Edition Saturday morning with Scott Simon
If you listen on Saturday morning to NPRs Weekend Edition you are aware that Mr. Simon often interviews book authors. This morning he introduced John Green and his 4th book called The Fault in Our Stars. The author read a segment of the book that immediately drew me. In fact I stopped multi-tasking and gave it my full attention.
The book is about adolescents with cancer and their adventures after meeting at a support group. Life is precious, as you can imagine for young people with cancer, so they become fast friends. In the interview they discuss that cancer has become a monster and a regular topic of conversation, how TB was in past. Mr. Green writes his book with joy and all the sadness that this disease has on young people.
Towards the end of the interview Mr. Simon pointed out the closeness that Mr. Green has with his readers which struck me. Mr. Green mentioned at one point that he was afraid he might cry and that he liked communicating with his readers. This prompted me to learn more and imagined how beneficial it would be for teachers to contact him to converse with students. He has so much to offer.
I went online to learn more about the author and the book and found on the NPR site a wonderful description of Mr. Green and his writing that I’ve included below. You can read an excerpt of his book by clicking here.
Green writes books for young adults, but his voice is so compulsively readable that it defies categorization. He writes for youth, rather than to them, and the difference is palpable. He doesn’t dumb anything down. His language is complex, his syntax adult. He freely references Kierkegaard and William Carlos Williams alongside bloody video games and action movies. Add to that a raw and real glimpse at childhood illness, and his latest, The Fault in Our Stars, may be his best book yet.
I look forward to reading the book.