The Fault in Our Stars.

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TFiOS, the movie I had been looking forward to since the beginning of the year.

The love story of Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace just makes you believe.. in life and love. It reminds you pain demands to be felt and that it’s okay to let the anguish hurt you. The scene of Hazel telling her mother “my greatest fear is that when I’m gone, you’re not going to have a life anymore” was just heart-wrenching. Shailene Woodley, plays the character of Hazel Grace so beautifully you’ll forget that she is actually a grenade. She tries pushing Augustus away for the very same reason only to end up falling deeper in love with him. Ansel Elgort fits the role of Augustus perfectly with his goofy personality and charming smile. And, oh, how could you forget his metaphors. Augustus holds a funeral for himself and Hazel reads her eulogy. She tells him some infinities are bigger than other infinities and that Augustus gave her a forever within a finite number of days.

This post about the movie is lovely. And yes, I cried. So will you. Go catch this please.

For a bit more of background on the movie and how John Green gets inspiration for the plot, read this.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.

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“I’m in love with you,” he said quietly.

“Augustus,” I said.

“I am,” he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labour has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

“Augustus,” I said again, not knowing what else to say. It felt like everything was rising up in me, like I was drowning in this weirdly painful joy, but I couldn’t say it back. I couldn’t say anything back. I just looked at him and let him look at me until he nodded, lips pursed, and turned away, placing the side of his head against the window.

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I took a few breaths and went back to the page. “I can’t talk about our love story, so I will talk about math. I am not a mathematician, but I know this: There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

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What else? She is so beautiful. You don’t get tired of looking at her. You never worry if she is smarter than you: You know she is. She is funny without ever being mean. I love her. I am so lucky to love her, Van Houten. You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers. 

Above are my favourite parts from the book. This book easily makes it to my list of all-time favourite books alongside with Looking for Alaska also by John Green and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. The fault in our stars made me smile and cry at the same time at almost every instance. I strongly recommend this book to everyone and anyone. Please pick this novel up and lose yourself in John Green’s writing.

Having read this, now it’s time to re-read Looking for Alaska!

Rating: 5/5

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John Green’s first novel and yet, I was blown away. I loved his style of writing. This book reminded me a lot of Perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

I loved the fact the ending wasn’t happy nor were all the questions raised, answered. It felt so real, that it didn’t even feel like I was reading a fictional work. In John Green’s words when asked about the ending,

“The truth is that in our lives we are all going to encounter questions that should be answered, that deserve to be answered, and yet probe unanswerable. Can we find meaning to life without those answers? Can we find a way to acknowledge the reality (and injustice) of suffering without giving in to hopelessness? Those are the questions I think Miles is confronting at the end, and I wanted to argue that through forgiveness, it is possible to live a full and hopeful life – even if our world is saturated with injustice and loss.”

Please read this book if you haven’t or re-read it, if it has faded away from your memory. I literally couldn’t put this book down and finished it within a span of hours.

There is such beauty in tragedy.

Any of his other works that you’d like to recommend me?