Thursday, January 19, 2012

A letter

So I just thought that I would share a letter (ok, an e-mail) that I wrote to John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars. He's the first author who I've written to, not counting writers who I already know "in real life."

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John,

I read The Fault in Our Stars because I became a Nerdfighter last year and wanted to read about the new book you kept talking about. (Plus I wanted an autographed first edition book.) I expected that it would be a good book. Even so, I was surprised. It's always good to be pleasantly surprised by an author I haven't read before.

There are only a very few books that have made me cry. It takes some special combination of a particularly special story and an excellent writer. Yours was one of those few. And, I would like to add, it is the only book to have made me laugh and cry at the same time. I'm still amazed at how you intertwined heartbreak with humor.

It's a book I'll have to revisit, and it's definitely food for thought. I think it's made me look at my dad's illness in a new light: he has post-polio syndrome, which is pretty nasty, and if nothing else this book made me take another look at him and realize how isolated he is. Maybe this revelation won't actually do any good, but...it's something new to bear in mind, at least.

By the way, when I first found your vlog you reminded me of one of my English professors (I'm an English major, FYI) at Marylhurst University. But by now he reminds me of you. Totally random and weird I know, but I just thought I'd mention it. :)

I look forward to reading the rest of your books.

Sarita

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have been reading the posts, and I have to concur with what John said.

Sarita Rucker said...

With what John said about what?

Anonymous said...

Thx for your post, I really enjoy your blog. Long time lurker, first time commenter, you know the drill. I tried to share this one time before, I don’t think it posted correctly…hopefully it will this time!

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