09 August, 2013

Book Club Friday: John Green's The Fault in Our Stars

Most of the stuff that I've been reading for the last two years have mostly been about Marketing, PR, Social Media, and Real Estate because it's work-related and second, learning should not stop in school. However, this year, I promised myself that I'd start doing some leisure reading as well. I found Heather's Blog + Book Club Friday while searching for good reads that I should look for next time I visit Fully Booked or Powerbooks. Today, it's going to be about John Green's The Fault in Our Stars.

"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 Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten."
In a nutshell. Hope. Love. Death

It took me a while to get a copy of The Fault in Our Stars. My friends tweet about it, my cousins talk about it. I'm a rather late on this, but I did enjoy reading John Green. In fact, I'm planning to get other titles that he has written.

I liked how John Green showed a world that is not common to most of us. It's a world that involves us and our loved one, but it’s both a place and situation that we don't like to be in especially if you are young. For the emotionally weak, it could get bad. In these kinds of situations, we could only be sure of three things: hope, pain, and death. You could take the one either literally or a metaphor. Hope keeps one going, gives the much-needed temporary relief. Pain is something that cannot be escaped. One way or another, it will be felt. Then here comes death — a portion of the book ( I won't say where to avoid spoilers ) reminds me of an episode in One Tree Hill. I don't remember who said it, but the idea of death is that it's ordinary. We all know that it's inevitable and it's not in our hands. It's the effect that it has on people who are left behind that makes it extraordinary.

I'm giving The Fault in Our Stars - ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Hazel, the main female character in this book shows that life must be lived without worrying about death. In any situation, it's easier said than done, but I think a lot of people who actually go through the same thing in real life always gives death this kind of shot. I instantly loved her because we share the same second name ( Grace ) + before her lung problems, she had a thyroid condition + she's smart, strong, and despite her condition, she is not the typical damsel in distress kind of girl. I did see a bit of me in her, particularly during my Thyroid C days. Going back to the book, I love the story shared by Hazel Grace and Gus. It was both fascinating and humbling. I almost bawled my eyes when I was reading the book. I wonder if the movie will have the same effect on me.

John Green had me at, "I'm in love with you and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasures of saying true things. Im in love with you and I know that love is just a shout into the void and that oblivion is inevitable and that we'll all be doomed and that these will come a day when our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth will ever have and I'm in love with you."

There is a more detailed summary of TFioS here.

This is my first entry for Book Club Friday. If you're a book worm like me, you may want to share your book reviews at Heather's blog. Peace + ❥_Love + Good Vibes. __RUSS.


jennie said...

I LOVED this book. I haven't read anything else by John Green but I've heard they're all just as good.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing. ;)

Erin O'Riordan said...

I made it pretty far into this book without crying, and then there was a scene where Hazel Grace's dad came into her bathroom to comfort her and all of a sudden I lost it.

Then I dropped the book. Then I called it a stupid book for making me cry and drop it.

But I loved this book when I read it in January. Then my grandma read it, and she thought it was pretty good, too.

Shoshanah said...

I finally picked up a copy of this and I can't wait to read it. I'm just slightly afraid though that it won't live up to the expectations I have set for it.

And I'm slightly obsessed with Ruzzle as well. I don't find myself playing as much as I used to, but still find myself playing games everyday or so.

Janie E. said...

One of my favorite reads of this year...John Green is a brilliant author. I loved this story so much.

Melissa Menes said...

Did you like the book Russ? It was one of my top reads in the last 2 years or so.