The Fault In Our Stars | John Green | Paperback, 316 pages | Published January 3rd, 2013 by Penguin Books | Literary Awards: Odyssey Award (2013), ALA Teens’ Top Ten Nominee (2012), Indies Choice Book Award for Young Adult (2013), Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for Preis der Jugendjury (2013), Dioraphte Jongerenliteratuurprijs (2013) The Inky Awards for Silver Inky (2012), Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee (2014), Goodreads Choice for Best Young Adult Fiction (2012) |
The story start with Hazel half-heartedly going to a weekly Support Group for children with living cancer. But its turn out that time, Hazel met Augustus Waters there. Count Augustus Waters, his nickname is Gus, as a spark in her bored life. Because from then on, they meet frequently and fall for each other. Gus was a guy with interesting character, well-built body (except for his amputed-leg) and beautiful (just as Hazel described) face. Gus was a positive-pole that attracted Hazel and makes her live her life.
In one occasion, Gus makes Hazel’s wish to meet Peter Van Houten (the author of Hazel’s favorite book) come true. Well, it’s not easy. Considering Hazel’s condition that depends on a tank of oxygen and that her condition might drop, also with the fact that Gus is an amputee.But still, the journey to Amsterdam happened. Though the meeting with Peter Van Houten didn’t turn out well. Its just one part of the story and there’s another surprising plot waiting for Hazel and Gus after their comeback. The fate that reverse their position. What will be the end of their story?
There’re so many quotable line in this book. The story written in a kinda different-and-little-quirky language. I like this book, but not as much as other reader love it (to the bone). Still, i’m crying in some part. And if people adore Gus more than Hazel, i feel the opposite. I adore Hazel and thought that she’s a tough girl and interesting heroine.
I love the daughter-father scene, i love Hazel and his father relationship. I’m as upset as Hazel and Gus when they meet Peter Van Houten in person. Gus was really remarkable but somehow i don’t really fall for him like others mostly do.
Over all, it’s a good sick-lit; nicely-done written; so many flirting words from Gus and definitely sweet; a heart-breaking love line; and there’re deep thoughts here and there. Recommended? Of course 🙂
Some (my version) quotable lines:
Sometimes you read a book, and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and untill all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperical Affliction, which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.
He really was beautiful. I know boys aren’t suppposed to be, but he was.
‘That’s the thing about pain,’ Augustus said, and then glance back at me. ‘It demands to be felt.’
The world is not a wish-granting factory.
I hated hurting him. Most of the time, I could forget about about it, but the inexorable truth is this: They might be glad to have me around but I was the alpha ad the omega of my parents suffering.
I almost felt like he was there in my room with me, but in a way it was better, like i was not in my room and he was not in his, but instead we were together in some invisible and tenous third space that could only be visited on the phone.
That was the worst part about having cancer, somestimes: The physical evidence of disease separates you from other people.
Sometimes it seems the world to be noticed. That’s what i believe. I believe the universe is improbably biased toward consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys it elegance being observed. And who am i, to tell the universe that it -or my observation of it- is temporary?