“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves that we are underlings.” – Julius Ceasar, Shakespeare
I am a certified bookworm. My love for books (and fiction) started when I was about four to five years of age when my grandma used to teach me with books she borrowed from our province’s school bookstore. I recalled how it has a “COMPLIMENTARY COPY ONLY” stamped all over the sides of each book, but I’d gladly read it anyway in order to expand my vocabulary and at the same time use my imagination. Sadly, I cannot be granted those complimentary copies anymore as I have already grown up and 5-year old books are too childish for my taste. But I still carry my love for books even up to now.
My favorite books or collection of short stories were always written by my favorite authors, Edgar Allan Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes is by far my favorite fictional character (and its not just because Robert Downey Jr. played him on Guy Ritchie’s version). I believe Edgar Allan Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle possess genius literary skills of mixing mystery and darkness together with a deep sense of brilliance in each of the characters presented in their books. Their language is proficient and much more, their stories have depth. I am in love with literary products that possess such feeling. And that feeling is when you cannot put the book down even if you read it over and over, you will never get tired of it.
Recently, Izza, a dear friend of mine chatted me on Facebook and asked if I have read “The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green. I have seen the book but I didn’t mind reading what it was about, but I do remember the blue paperback version in Fully Booked. Izza suggested that I should read it, if ever I got the time after thesis. Being an impulse buyer, I did get the book a week later after our conversation and started reading it three days later. I admittedly finished the book in one and a half week, and I was a tad bit slow because I wanted to give more time for my thesis defense. If given the proper amount of time, I could have finished the book in a couple of days without stopping but more things are needed to be prioritized. Thesis is by far one of the most important.
After reading the book, I couldn’t agree more with my friend as well as the rage reviews that are plastered all over the cover of the book. John Green mixed humor with a hint of devastating sadness that feels just as the same as having your heart broken for the first time. He built characters that are lovable but sometimes you can’t help but pity them. Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace are the main protagonists in the book, they are both captivating, strong-willed and even as a fictional character has a hint of being as human as possible. I couldn’t describe how much I would have wanted to be their friend if ever they have existed in real life. Their characters and personalities are made out of pure honesty and modesty as they try to conquer their battle with one of the most dreadful diseases as of today, which is cancer.
John Green ended the book by having Augustus Waters die of cancer after being cancer-free for a while after he lost one of his leg. I could have wished that he didn’t die because he proved to be more than just a boy having cancer but a man who would fight for the sake of enjoying more time to spend with the love of his life, Hazel Grace. And Hazel is just as strong as Augustus, and I believe even more.
Had I want to change the ending if ever I had the chance? Well yes. But then, it would have been like any fictional book that I pass by on the bookstore and it wouldn’t have ended in my bookshelf two weeks ago. Hats off to John Green for writing such magnificent story line on how it is to really live and the magical thing we call love. John Green has captured my attention in the literary world and I can’t wait for his books that are yet to come.
And to conclude, The Fault In Our Stars is the perfect combination of wit and tragedy. It is in itself perfect as much as how all the characters written inside it are perfect. John Green presented a character that has a larger-than-life personality that I would have wished I had. I do, I really really do.
I will give it a 4 out of 5 stars. So, what are the books that you’ve read recently? Give me a heads up on what to read!