“The thing with pain is that it demands to be felt”

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green


A novel that I will definitely never forget. I was recommended this novel by a friend who told me that this novel is not an ordinary love story. I was surprised by how John Green made this ordinary plot into something remarkable. I would describe it as being simple but not simple at the same time, you just have to read it to experience it.

Hazel a 16-year-old is diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13 and is now supported with an oxygen tank to keep her tumour under close observations. She regularly attends a cancer kid support group, where she meets Augustus Waters a gorgeous “hottie” who is in remission.

When the two meet they undergo a very unexpected journey, where they both question aspects of their lives and the meaning of defining themselves and how one is able to imprint a legacy onto this world.

There are mixed reviews for this novel, good and bad, but as I have never read any other of John Green’s novels all I can say are good things about this. Yes, it is an ordinary story of two cancer patients and how they fell in love, but at the same time the author has thrown in cancer jokes for light humour and also other characters that are relevant to the main characters. This novel made me think about the meaning of life and how some people may want to leave an imprint of their life in this world where some others are afraid how our lives can end at anytime, just like an unfinished  sentence. Honestly at the ending, it felt like the book was unfinished!!

I felt so many emotions reading this book and it was not until 2/3 into the book I started getting teary. There is one scene where you will absolutely love, it was just wonderfully written. I’ll give a little sneak peak of what Hazel says in the scene:

“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.”

It makes us realise how lucky each and everyone of us that is alive (cancer or no cancer), and how we should not take our earthly lives so lightly because at any time our life can just stop mid-sentence.


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