The Fault In Our Stars.

posted May 14, 2014, 10:22 PM by Unknown user   [ updated May 15, 2014, 11:02 AM by Unknown user ]
    Hello. Today's blog will be about one of the best books I've ever come across in my fourteen years of life; The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.
   
     I cannot explain to you how much I love this book. I've never been so emotionally invested in a story in my entire life. This book is one of a kind and it has touched my heart in a way that is too complicated to put into words. But, alas, I will try my best.

    The Fault In Our Stars is a romantic, humorous, heart breaking, tragedy about two lovers; sixteen year old Hazel Grace Lancaster and seventeen year old Augustus Waters. 

    Both of the teenagers are cancer patients; Hazel is currently fighting cancer and Gus is in remission. This story is written differently than any other novel I've read. It is simple yet so complicated. At times, I would sit at my bed and stare at the same page for hours, pondering and fathoming in a daze. 

    John Green wrote this novel in such a way that has me at a loss for words. There is no way to possibly explain this book without being tongue tied and confused. You will only truly understand its meaning after you've flipped through every single page and shed at least one tear. 

    You see, this book has taught me how to be in control of my body instead of having control over my soul. Too hard to understand? Here is a quote from the book; a famous concept used metaphorically on more than one occasion.

    "It's a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don't give it the power to do its killing." 

    How does one explain that? Quotes like those are what drew me in and had me literally fall in love with Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace. 

    This book taught me that we don't have a choice in this world. We will be hurt at one point in our lives. But, we do get to decide who can and cannot hurt us. It teaches us to like our choices and to spend each day, slowly. Each day is an infinity that's we've been given. We don't get to choose how many infinities we're given either, but we can take each infinity and make it worth a billion more. We can fall in love, even if we're grenades that are about to explode. We all deserve a little love to hold on to. 

    My favourite page in the book was page 260. Having read it a billion times, I've got it memorized. It's the one page that has me in tears every time. It meant a lot to me and I'm hoping it has the same effect on others who find that bond between themselves and the characters.

 I'll type it out for you, below...

    "I can't talk about our love story, so I will talk about math. I am not a mathematician, but I know this: 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 numbered days, and I'm grateful." 

    I hope you consider reading this book. It changed my perspective on many things.

- Reeham. xo




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