If you like to have fun, relax, and spend time with other people who do, too, then join the second-annual LATI All-Campus Read! All-Campus Read was created to promote literacy and enjoyment through reading. So, take a break from the textbooks and work and read with us!
This semester, we’re reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Beginning February 19 and lasting throughout the semester, a series of fun on-campus events will be held to coincide with the book including book giveaways, guided discussions, and a creative arts contest for LATI students and staff.
Don’t worry if you can’t make it to all of the events. You’ll be able to join our online discussions on Facebook (www.facebook.com/LATIAllCampusRead.) All you need to do is like the page and you’ll be included in all of the great interaction.
Getting started is easy. Just pick up a copy of the book, like us on Facebook, and start reading! Before you buy the book, sign up in the library starting February 20 for your chance to win a copy of it. The drawings will be held February 27
LATI All-Campus Read provides an experience, which not only promotes literacy but also provides a platform for dialog on campus about historical and social issues that impact us all.
In recent years, the trend has gone one step beyond talking about cancer — the goal now, at least for pop culture, is to find the humor in it. Fortunately, John Green is the kind of writer to deliver it.
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.
The real tragedy of cancer may be that it affects people of all ages, and children suffering from the disease are often hit hardest. Robbed of any semblance of a normal life, "cancer kids,” as Green's narrator, Hazel Grace Lancaster, calls them, mark their time in days and weeks.
Hazel, 16, has been battling thyroid cancer since age 13, and only through the use of an experimental drug is she still alive. She carries an oxygen tank with her everywhere, and hasn't attended traditional school since her diagnosis. Depressed and lonely, she tries a support group, where she meets the handsome — and deceptively sick — Augustus Waters, a 17-year-old dreamboat who quickly proceeds to turn her life into an adventure. Green graciously avoids the typical will-they-or-won't-they of most teen reads, as cancer victims don't have the luxury of time to dawdle with their affections. Instead, Augustus and Hazel become fast friends.
Green's novel is elegantly plotted, and as sad in places as one might expect a book about adolescent cancer to be. But it's also brimming with joy. Hazel and Augustus have a zeal for living and for each other that, cancer or not, is rare, and it's a delight to see their plans unfold and relationship flourish even as they both face death.
Green has a powerful online following: He is a YouTube video star with an army of fans he calls the "nerdfighters," a group mobilized "to fight to increase awesome and decrease suck." His draw is so magnetic that just by asking his devotees to donate money, he raised over $100,000 for charity. When he offered signed copies of Fault in a pre-sale last year, the novel leapt to the top of Amazon's list of best-selling books in a single day, and it has remained in the top 20 since.
The Fault in Our Stars proves that the hype surrounding Green is not overblown. He tells his story with such gumption and tenderness that he almost adds a new genre to cancer-lit: romantic teen angst jumbled with big existential questions. Green shoves adolescent-crush jitters and musings about the afterlife into the same story, and yet it all makes sense. As Hazel says to Augustus, "Some infinities are bigger than other infinities ... There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbound set. But Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity."
You will be thankful, too, for the little infinity you spend inside this book.