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A great choice for Nevada County Reads

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Catherine Allen

I have just finished the "Nevada County Reads" book selection, "The Fault in Our Stars," by John Green.

It is truly an amazing book and a brave choice for the library to endorse. The book's theme revolves around teens living and dying with cancer. The tale is relevant, the characters are flawed and the parents are irrevocably parental. The book's straightforward, honest approach and a sprinkling of humor make it an especially good choice for teens as well as the rest of us.

There are many good (even great) books that would have been less controversial and safer choices. "The Fault in Our Stars" separates itself from other reads by probing the questions surrounding death, directly, delicately and intimately. The book helps us examine our own beliefs in the context of a novel, through developed characters who confront our own fears in their journey. We are left to ponder our own unreliable futures with a lot of love and compassion.

"The Fault in Our Stars" is generous and considerate in its presentation, but it is also uncompromisingly honest. Expect to laugh and cry and remember this story for a long time after.

The library was unusually generous, as well. I checked out "The Fault in Our Stars" using the age-old (and mostly forgotten) honor system. All I had to do was go to the front desk, with book in hand, and ask to borrow it. No name, no follow-up, no due date, just the request that I return it when finished so it that it would be available to others.

Thank you Nevada County Library.

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Catherine Allen lives in Nevada City.

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