Dear John Green,
“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”
I like my choices… maybe that’s why I let Augustus and Hazel hurt me.
The Fault in our Stars was one such book that not only made me laugh, cry and smile but it taught me some important lessons in life. We always complain that our is not worth anything, we want the world at our feet, we feel exasperated by the fact that we are just not able to satisfy ourselves but…. in this idiocy of self-fulfillment we forget to give a thought to those people who are battling death each day of their lives. For us the world can become a wish granting factory anytime, but for them it just cannot become one. Their life is calculated in minutes and even seconds but we often have years to think about.
People are diagnosed with cancer, tumors, rare diseases and many others illnesses that we haven’t even heard of… and they are forced to think about death at a stage of life when they want to live it to the fullest. Honestly, the day I had completed reading the book, I realized that I had become pretty unreasonable by having this kind of an attitude in my mind. The way Augustus and Hazel lived happily even when their lives were a matter of some days or years was beautiful as well as painful.
How easily we miss the simple and little joys in our lives! We are fortunate enough to have a healthy and (hopefully) certain life, because we never know what might happen with us at the very next moment…. that is what makes me love this book the most- Enjoying one’s life even when it is uncertain whether you will see tomorrow’s sun or not.
I have some people in my life who have successfully battled cancer and by looking at them I feel that we are lucky to have life in our hands. I feel proud of them because they have fought the illness which so many people have fallen prey to. They inspire me to fight whatever situation comes in one’s life. Keeping love ignited when you know that you might die any day is what makes you live a long life even in less time. That’s what Hazel had said, “Augustus, you gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”
Where do you find a person hearing his eulogy before his death or fulfilling the wish of the person he loved when given a chance to do that for his own. It did make me cry but it also made me understand the relevance of small joys of life.
Thank you John Green for writing this book. I know it was a heartbreaking read but it was…. a pleasure to have my heart broken by you.
A fan who is glad to have her heart broken; by you.
I can’t even think of anything more to say – The Fault in Our Stars is too perfect for me to adequately express my love for it. My favorite of John’s Green books, by far. With quirky, unique and lovable characters, writing that is somehow hilarious, entertaining, literary, thought-provoking and emotional, all wrapped in one, The Fault in Our Stars is a beautiful portrayal of what it means to be alive. It makes me want to never read any other book, and just reread this one over and over again. ❤
Have you read it yet?