The Fault in Our Stars
I finished the Fault in Our Stars a few weeks back but I haven't had the time to really blog about it until this week due to the mass amount of assessments we have before we officially finish year twelve (eek!)
I cannot exactly explain how I felt about finishing the novel. I mean, I think Tumblr kind of spoiled it for me and I borrowed the book to my friend who assumed that I had already read it; so she sort of ruined it for me as well. So, the ending wasn't really much of a surprise. However - it was.
It's a book about cancer, love, family, friends, growing up in a non wish-granting world. I cried, I have to admit (I think it was the second novel I've cried whilst reading). It was horribly sad and I felt really sad. I think perhaps because Augustus Waters was just an overall well-liked person and John Green made all the characters come true. Something which I still yet to achieve in my narrative writing.
The funny thing is, a few weeks before I had finished TFiOS, my step-grandmother passed away from cancer. I can't really say I was upset because I didn't know her that well to be honest and it's just so ironic how I can cry over this fictional character's fictional death and not even shed a single tear for a human being who I'm related to. I guess I can sort of relate to the whole cancer thing now, yes? It sort of helped me to understand because I guess I'm really afraid my immediate family will get cancer but I know God will protect us and even when the worst happens, we'll fight it through together as a family and support each other. Like Hazel and Augustus, I'll give them the best moments and memories in their life to remember.
“The pleasure of remembering had been taken from me, because there was no longer anyone to remember with. It felt like losing your co-rememberer meant losing the memory itself, as if the things we’d done were less real and important than they had been hours before.”
— John Green, The Fault In Our Stars