I finished reading The Fault In Our Stars a couple of weeks ago and went to the movie in theaters on Saturday, Kleenex in tow, with my mom. She hasn’t read the book yet, but I have.
What an emotional experience! I’ll try not to say much because I don’t want to give it away to those who either haven’t read or watched yet but although tears and sadness are a given, it’s a must see and read! Really, it is.
This is the first book of John Green’s that I have read and he very quickly is becoming one of my favorite authors. Another recommended novel of his: Looking For Alaska is on it’s way to me via Amazon. (Can’t wait!) I won’t know until I read it if his writing style is the same from book to book but I hope it is.
As a few of you who may be keeping up with me have noticed, I recently took up reading as a hobby again. I was an avid reader through my high school and college years but somewhere in the last handful, I haven’t read much more than the 50 Shades of Grey and Hunger Games trilogy’s. So the last few months or so, I’ve been on a ‘reading rampage’ I guess you could say.
Back to TFIOS, the gist of the book is about a teenage girl who has had her fair share of cancer for a couple of years now. It’s honest and raw. It’s a love story not a cancer story. The book goes through a beautiful whirlwind of a romance with the ever so eye-catching Augustus Waters and when the writer takes the book for a turn into something I definitely hadn’t guessed, you can’t help but feel both empathy and joy for the little infinity that they share.
And that being said, I’ll leave you with my favorite passage in both the book and the movie:
“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.” ~Hazel Grace Lancaster (John Green)