If I had a ounce of the writing capability of John Green I would be overjoyed. The Fault in Our Stars was one of the best books I’ve ever read. There is no way I could even put into words the amazingness of this book. But I’ll try… Hazel, who has thyroid cancer and wheels an oxygen tank with her everywhere she goes, meets Augustus at a cancer support group. Their relationship makes Edward and Bella’s story seem childish. They talk to one another in a very sweet, but intellectual language and it is so honest and real I found myself tearing up just by the littlest things they would say to each other. They don’t seem like typical teenagers, but then really they aren’t because of all they have been through battling cancer. The relationships that Hazel and Augustus have with their parents is very touching as well. The most heart wrenching part of the story is how Hazel is more worried about leaving her parents childless than she is about dying. The same reason why she won’t allow herself to get romantically involved with Augustus is she doesn’t want to hurt him when she dies.
For me every chapter had such significance, not just for the story, but for my own personal thoughts and feelings. It took me awhile to finish the book because I did stop reading many times just to gather my thoughts and clear my head before moving on. I couldn’t tell you how many times I caught myself having to reread a page because I couldn’t stop focusing on just a single sentence from the previous page. Life is such a privilege and there is so many things we take for granted. You can’t help but ask yourself what you might do differently in your own life if you knew your time was limited. The scary thought is our time is limited, whether it be tomorrow, next year, or 30 years…it’s never going to be enough.
I’m thinking I might reread the book before I take it back to the library, at least some of my favorite parts. It was that good. One of my favorite lines “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say who hurts you.”
–> Going to my 4th Zumba class tonight…loving it so far!