It all started for us last year. My Daughter Lexi had some friends who had read the young adult novel The Fault In Our Stars, and after hearing so many good things about it she wanted desperately to read it. It was all she asked for for Christmas! Loving Books myself I'm always thrilled when my kids ask for Books! So she knew she was getting it for Christmas, and she knew which present under the tree was her book. She would pick it up from time to time hug it to her and say "I can't wait to open this one and read it!" So one night when the girls were in bed, we carefully opened that gift, took The Fault In Our Stars book out and replaced it with another book she had already read, and rewrapped it exactly the same. On Christmas morning she kept asking "can I open this one now?" It was so funny when she did open it and it wasn't her book she'd been waiting for! (which was hid in a gift bag) the look on her face was priceless! She quickly was given the real one and was so relieved to finally have it! She read in just a few days and loved it! So of course I read it as well. We let my oldest son's Fiance read it too, which she did in 1 day! It's a quick easy read.
Everyone was talking about this book, and we too couldn't wait for the Movie to come out! My girls asked if we could do the premier like we have with the Twilight and The Hunger Games Movies. So we went to the Theater to get our tickets and was planning on coming back latter, but the girls wanted to stay in line. And I must say it was nice that it was summer and they were able to stay and I could actually leave and come back latter, normally they're in school and I sit there all afternoon (reading of course) and they come up after school!
Lexi and Erica waiting in line!
We keep a blanket in the trunk for just such occasions!
They got in line at about 1:30 in the afternoon. We had several friends coming as well. All the girls would take turns sitting in line, walking around the Mall, getting Ice Cream, Etc. You have an immediate comradery with the other people in line and get to talking to them as well. If you've never done a Premier, it's actually really fun!
Just part of our group as it grew throughout the day!
I went back up there about 5:30 bringing supplies. And by supplies I mean Pizza! :) The girls saw lots of friends from school and we shared our Pizza! Even with people we just met!
I think our group ended up with something like 13 people on the last count. The More The Merrier! Having read the book, Maddie brought an entire box of Kleenex, as it is really a tear jerker! And we were all very glad she did.
About to be let in!
I love Movies (and Books for that matter) that cause you to feel. Weather that is to laugh, or cry, or just to think! And the really great ones can do all three! Some people (you know who you are) won't go to movies they know they will cry in. I say you're missing out! Though my girls say I cry at everything anyway! :) And in this one the entire theater sat in a collective sob, more than any other movie I've ever seen. In part because most were young girls who had read the Book, and it had touched their heart.
And you will definitely cry in this one. Because "That's the thing about Pain, it demands to be felt!"
And "You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world . . . but you do have some say in who hurts you."
But it's also funny; "We're just friends!", "Well, she is, I'm not!"
And "the world is not a Wish Granting Factory!"
And it will make you think as well. Since "Some Infinities are bigger than other Infinities!"
And "Sometimes the Universe just wants to be noticed."
"I fell in love the way you fall asleep;
slowly and then all at once."
This really is a good Movie and a good Book! And it brings to mind two truths anyone who, like me, has ever lost someone they love much too young to cancer. And that is 1. Cancer Sucks! and 2. The time you spend with the people you love is Precious! Don't waist it!
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