BooksInNeed, and this is one of the saddest romance books I’ve ever finished.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I won’t lie when I say that this book made me cry the first time I finished it. I was in fourth grade, and back then I would say it was a horrible book, until I finished it again and it turned out to be high in my list of favorite books (still nothing can beat Keeper of the Lost Cities) and I still like the book to this day. Hazel has always had a trouble breathing, and it was a miracle she was alive to her family. Taking collage courses, she goes to a support group one day and guess who is there? Augustus Waters was ‘gorgeous’ (her words, not mine) and had one functional leg, but they were attracted to him the second she saw him. Going to his house, she sees that he has more to him than she thought. Like he was a basketball player, and doesn’t smoke, but ‘He puts the killing thing in his mouth but doesn’t give it the power to kill him.’. Its a metaphor. When she gives him her favorite book, An Imperial Affliction, he loves it also, and uses his wish to go to the author so he and Hazel could know the ending, when the trip turns into something more. They both don’t get the answers they want from the famous author, but find that their love is bigger than that. Bigger than them. When Hazel realizes that Augustus was severely sick when he went on the trip, he starts to start to get worse. With the love that they have for each other, will they get through it together? Or will their love be the last standing between them?
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 labor 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.
-John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
Thank you, John Green, for this novel that showed me that love is infinite, and could go through the universe, and we will still be humans clinging on to our little hope that makes us want to live, and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that comes with it, and we still love all for the reason of living.
This is the book that taught me (when a fourth grader) that love is the biggest infinite.