Status: Read from Oct 27 to Oct 31, 2015
My rating: .5 /5
Author: John Green
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kit Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Well, I saw so much hype about the book and the average rating it got is 4.35 on good reads. And every one has rated it as 5. Also I have heard so much praise for John Green’s books. Especially about the quotes and philosophical phrases he uses in his books. These were the only reason I picked this book to read. And I am sorry to say, my opinion vary from others. I definitely didn’t hate this book, but I feel it is overly hyped. I didn’t feel it’s that great. Yea, I sympathize with Hazel Grace and Agustus Waters and their friend Issac. And also all those kids in the Support Group. But that does not change my opinion about this book. I agree that John Green uses so many philosophical quotes to keep the reader’s interest in the book and make the book an easy read. Other than that there was nothing interesting. Few of the sample quotes and paragraphs:
There will come a time, when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it, God knows that’s what everyone else does.
Sometimes people don’t understand the promises they are making when they make them.
I believe the universe wants to be noticed. I think the universe is importantly biased toward consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its elegance being observed. And who am I, living in the middle of history, to tell the universe that it – or my observation of it – is temporary?
I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.
My thoughts are stars, I can’t fathom into constellations.
That’s the thing about pain…, it demands to be felt.
I am 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 out into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that were we 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’m in love with you.
Okay, these quotes prove how exquisite John Green can write. But this does not make Hazel and Augustus’s story real. I feel sad and cry of the Cancer ridden patients. Every day is a fight for them to live one more day. They suffer and they fight the battle. This book highlights that even cancer people have life. They have their family who is fighting the battle against cancer along with them. They have their friends who want to snatch them from the mouth of cancer but are helpless. Then cancer suffering people also fall in love. They also make new friends and they too have a love story. Yeah, this book is emotional and I felt sad how Augustus and Hazel make fun of their helplessness rather than pitying themselves. It hurts to see how cancer suffering people loath their cancer burdened body and still hang on to the silver lining of hope for some miracle to pop up.