Theresa's Mixed Nuts: The Fault In Our Stars (Craft)

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars (Craft)

I can't ever remember reading a young adult book when I was a kid. I pretty much skipped over that whole genre and went straight into adult novels. Harry Potter was actually the first YA books I read, and I was surprised that I liked them. My niece has introduced me to a few more that I love since then, so I guess I am more open to the young adult genre than I thought I would be.

My teen daughter has been obsessed with the book The Fault In Our Stars for the past year.


Around Christmas I decided to look up some quotes from the book for some personalized gifts I was making her. Some seemed a bit weird. "My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations." I sat there thinking "What the hell does that even mean? If the book is full of shit like that, it's probably stupid!" But, then I came across more that resonated with me- "That's the thing about pain, it demands to be felt." And "I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once." Awe.

I made these The Fault In Our Stars friendship necklaces out of polymer clay for my daughter's stocking at Christmas. She loved them!

The fault in our stars necklace

The fault in our stars necklace


The movie version will be released in theaters soon. Last month my daughter, who thinks she is going to DIE if she misses a day of school, asked if she could go to the midnight showing on opening day, then skip school the next day. I figured if a book was good enough to actually have her make that kind of request, I should give it a shot.

It was a quick read. A little sad, but predictable. Where the vocabulary of teens today is all about "yolo" and "swag", I didn't find a lot of the dialogue between the teenagers believable, but the book is filled with some pretty great and memorable quotes. By the end of the book I did finally get the whole "thoughts/stars/constellations bit. It did read a lot like a Nicholas Sparks novel, but overall, I enjoyed the book. And yes, I will be letting her go to the midnight showing when it comes to the theaters.


Have you read The Fault In Our Stars yet?

37 comments:

  1. I have never read it, but if she is that excited I'm sure many more are too

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  2. Woah, you made those? That is amazing. I have not read the book - actually I have never even heard of it :(

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  3. I haven't read it, but one of my friends is the publisher of it here in my country. I absolute support this inspiring and heartwarming YA genre to the horrid and deeply irresponsible dystopian one

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  4. First I have ever heard of it too, guess I'm a bit out of touch with the YA

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  5. I skipped to adult too, and I think Harry Potter was my first (my oldest loved to read those books at night with his brother and me...my daughter was too little to care, and youngest not even born yet). I guess Harry's got some staying power. :)

    I haven't heard of this, but the necklaces are cool!

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  6. I haven't read The Fault In Our Stars yet. I should. My students use terms that I don't get sometimes. Usually I look them up on Google, but then I forget what they mean the next day. Proof I'm getting old.

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  7. Can't say I have. I also never thought I was going to DIE if I ever missed a day of school. I guess your daughter's the student I never was :) You're very creative. Those necklaces look pretty okay to me.

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  8. I loved Harry Potter and The Hunger Games Trilogy! I might have to give this a read! Very pretty bling you created for your daughter!!

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  9. I haven't read it. I can tell you though... I have no idea what Yolo or any of the other things are these kids say today.

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  10. Those little sayings these days drive me crazy. I never read Harry Potter and I actually haven't seen the movies. Maybe I'm missing something?

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  11. How cute! I have heard a lot about this book, especially now that it is a movie.

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  12. I'm actually surprised I haven't heard of The Fault in our Stars yet! I usually am very up to date on books turned movie. I can't believe I have missed this one. I need to go check it out!

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  13. I haven't read about this book. Sounds like a nice one to read.

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  14. I am definitely not in the know when it comes to books, but I bet there will be alot of talk about it soon

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  15. Sounds like a good book, my most favorite book is The Lord of the Rings trilogy; I always read it every year.

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  16. This is so cool! I like that you're letting her go to the midnight showing.
    And yes, of course, I've read it. :)

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  17. Haven't read it but will be adding it to my reading list ASAP.

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  18. I obviously need to give this a read - I am so behind with YA! x

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  19. That is a good book and my daughter wants to read it. It is a little iffy though in some parts. Amber N

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  20. I have not read it but I think it is a great book for my niece I will pick it up for her.

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  21. I think it is great that she loved the book that much. It has to be good to get her to read it and stay interested. Good for you to allow her to go to the late showing.

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  22. I actually get to read a lot of Young Adult books due to being a middle school ELA teacher. Most of these books are actually pretty good reads.

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  23. Hmmmm, I never knew about this book nor the movie. I will have to ask my daughter about this

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  24. I haven't read this but heck, I'll watch the movie. :) Seems neat although I'm never crazy about "YOLO"... I feel that it dumbs down speech.

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  25. I think I have heard of it but didn't really knew about this book. Seems nice.

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  26. My 13 yr old daughter is reading that book right now!! She borrowed it from her friend ad still wants me to buy it for her.

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  27. I have not read that one. But I have read all the Harry Potter books along with my youngest son.

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  28. When I was a teen I was totally into books! I must have read a book a day and went to the library non stop!

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  29. That was so sweet of you to make the necklaces for her. I haven't read it yet, but I'm totally curious now.

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  30. I haven't heard of the Fault in our Stars before today. I love books and was really big into YA books when I was growing up!

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  31. I haven't read this book. Thanks for the suggestion, though.

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  32. never read this book before. but really like though necklaces

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  33. Excuse me? Not all of us teens speak in "yolo" and "swag". The dialogue of Augustus and Hazel Grace is completely believable to me. Please stop with the stereotypes.

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    1. I'm sorry if you found my comment offensive. I am around teens all day and never heard one of them speak anything like Augustus or Hazel. In all fairness, I don't hear a lot of adults speak like them either. That is why I had a hard time believing the dialog. If you enjoyed the book and found it believable, that's all that should matter ;)

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