Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
As I read some reviews from other bloggers about this book, I really thought it was a Romeo and Juliet type of young love story; wherein both (Hazel Grace and Augustus; the two main characters in the story) will unfortunately die in the end, because the story is about two cancer patients who fell in love.
I can’t help but compare the plot with Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper. In that movie (because I haven’t read the book), Kate was diagnosed with Leukemia (which is also a type of cancer that affects the blood) and when she was undergoing her treatment, she met a guy, fell in love and unfortunately, her love of her life, died, few months before she did.
I somehow think, it was a part of that book (My Sister’s Keeper) because of the plot. Though John Green used different types of cancer somehow, it has the same theme.
When my friends posted the trailer of the upcoming movie, based from this novel, I held back from watching it because I don’t want to preempt my mind with anything about this book because I want to make my own movie out of it first. (unfortunately, I find Hazel Grace a bit too old in the movie, which is another story to tell).
Reading a book in a first person point of view is my favorite type of books but what makes me wonder this time is how Green did it well. It was under Hazel Grace’s point of you. Yes, the female point of view. I wonder how the author did it with grace. After reading the first few lines of the book, I thought, “Yes! At last! A male version of the story!” but I was surprised when I finally discovered that it was the female’s version (again). It would have been better (I think) if it’s the male version this time. Made me wonder why am I not reading any male version novels? (I only remember one part of Breaking Dawn, by Stephanie Meyer when Jacob’s version was written). I really hope to read one.
Quotes You’d Love from the Novel.
That was the worst part about having cancer, sometimes, the physical evidence of the disease separates you from other people.
It’s a city of freedom and in freedom, most people find sin.
It would be a privilege to have my heart-broken by you.
The fault dear is not in the stars, it’s in ourselves.
What a slut time is. She screw everybody.
You do not immortalize the lost by writing about them, Language buries but not resurrect.
You realize that trying to keep your distance from me will not lessen my affection for you.
All efforts to save me from you will fail.
The world is not a wish-granting factory.
As his parted lips met mine, I started to feel breathless in a new and fascinating way.
Grief doesn’t change you, it reveals you.
You’d see yourself laugh and feel Hazel Grace’s love with Augustus during the first few parts of the novel. The same sweet feeling you had when you first fell in love when you were sixteen. Somehow, towards the end, it starts to become poignant because of its melancholic nature.
But, what makes The Fault in Our Stars unique was its cocktail mix of amusement and doom.
It reaches deep inside of me. It’s a story of a quiet tragedy, love, and an undeniable reality. Hazel and Augustus face mortality and so many of the meaningless details of life. It forces them to face who they really truly are. How would they carry on… Terminal disease gives you fear, for yourself, for your loved ones. It causes pain that you are the reason to make your family feel worried and cry at night. Green wrote this sad, tragic, yet beautiful story, it brings tears to my eyes.
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