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The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I should have known better than to listen to this book as an audiobook.  I should have realized that I would be caught crying in my car.  Even though I spent the last three days of listening to this story sobbing on my drives to and from work, it was completely worth it.  This story was amazing.

I became invested in the lives of these characters. I've said this in a lot of reviews but this is the most important part of reading to me. I need to feel connected and this book was a glimpse into the lives of Augusts and Hazel. Their dialogue was great and almost seemed like something out of Gilmore Girls; fast paced and witty. They were teenagers even through everything they were dealing with, they still came across as teens.

I loved Hazel's mother and her enthusiasm for holidays.  I enjoyed Issac's sense of humor through his tough times. Lidewij Vliegenthart was great.

This is a must read book.

Wife 22Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this book up at random while we were browsing the shelves at the book store.  The cover caught my eye followed by the title.  Then the description sounded really interesting.  Since one of our members recently started working at a research company we thought it would be a nice addition to our first story (also a lighter story to counterbalance the heaviness of The Fault in Our Stars).

At first I was having a hard time getting into the story and was getting angry with myself for picking it up. I forced myself to keep reading and all of a sudden I read a line (not going to share and spoil it for those reading) that completely changed my feelings about the story.

At first I didn't like that you didn't get the questions that Wife 22 is answering.  Just having her answers seemed weird, but as I read on I started to realize that you didn't need the questions.  The questions don't matter, it's her answers that matter.  It's her conversations with Researcher 101 that matter.

This book is worth picking up to read.

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