Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars 

by John Green
I read a review for The Fault in Our Stars, and it appealed to me right away.  I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in January, and I was afraid this book might hit a little too close to home.  But I decided to go for it, and it is one of the most perfect books that I have read in a long time.  I loved the characters, and I found so many quotable lines as I was reading.

Despite the experimental treatments she is going through, Hazel has never been considered anything except terminal.  She believes her story was written at diagnosis, and it did not have a happy ending.  Then, she meets a gorgeous plot twist at her cancer support group, and his name is Augustus.  Her story is getting ready to be rewritten.  What does the world have in store for Hazel now?

The Image Language

One of my colleagues posted the perfect web tool for this book.  It is called The Image Language and it lets you write a sentence using images.  If you type a sentence into the search box, it selects the first image that pops up in a Google search for that particular word.  I selected one of my favorite sentences from the book to write my sentence with images.  Hazel tells her mom, "I'm like a grenade, Mom!"  She tries to distance herself from people because she wants to minimize the casualties when she dies.  This seems like such an odd concept, but it will be at least understandable to those who have had cancer.  So here is the image sequence that defines my lasting ideas of The Fault in Our Stars.


  1. I love this idea! Great book too. Wonder how I can use this tool. It is really neat.

  2. Cool use of this new tool! I'm def planning to use it in an activity with my students - illustrating a book quote from our nominee list might be just the thing. TFIOS is my favorite book this year - I'm sure it particularly resonated with you.

  3. I love this tool as well! Right now it is in beta testing and has limited features, but they recently added the capability to upload to Facebook. So I'm hoping they will add the ability to save your sequence of photos soon!

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