I have not cried like this, ever.
The Fault in Our Stars is a story of love and tragedy. It is narrated by a cancer patient Hazel Grace Lancaster who is diagnosed as clinically depressed which had her participate in a support group for patients who are currently surviving cancer. Here, she meets Augustus Waters and they become attracted to each other.
From that plot alone, you know that you’re in for a ride. You know that this love will be both tragic and romantic. The tragedy being the reason why it becomes romantic. You’d wonder how these two got together when they are so different from each other. Past these differences, they have discovered their real situation, the hardships there is to surviving a lethal disease. That must have been the main reason why they would come to understand each other so well.
I wish I had an Augustus Waters, too.
The story story isn’t just about love in its romantic form. You get to understand the love of a parent for a child, the frustrations of a dying child for her parents and the love of friends and people you meet.
It had me crying from page 200 onward. I am glad that I am alone in the house and that people did not see me cry over a book.
The author had such great writing style that you will come to live it in your imagination. He creates the world for you and puts in all the emotions of the characters of the book. All you had to do was to celebrate the power of your thinking and then you are transformed into the world that he has created for you.
It felt real for me. It was as if I was Hazel and that loss was the greatest dagger of my life. I especially liked the anecdote in the hospital regarding the nurse commenting that Hazel was so brave that she gave the 10 a 9. I understood the fact that there are a lot more things painful than chest pains. I understood that a 10 should be left for the kind of situation she was left in.
The other angle the book went for was us being a part of the universe. We all want to leave our own marks in this world. We want others to notice us and think that we are special people. But, is that really our goal? Is our goal to have ourselves noticed? There are a lot of things happening in this world and Augustus is right that the best people are those who observe and are aware of their surroundings. Only when we notice can we participate and only when we participate will our special talents exhibit. It is hard enough to exist in this world, what more if we try to live.
Over-all, one of the best books I’ve read this year. I am looking forward to reading more novels for John Green!