The Fault in Our Stars; John Green
[Click the picture to read on Lev Grossman’s (Time Magazine) take on the novel]
I left our house today with my mom for my annual eye check-up. I was not expecting that the wait would be that long considering that it’s a weekday, but then I fought boredom by holding my phone and reading the recently list of John Green novels my best friend, Nicole, had shared to me last night. I immediately clicked on The Fault in Our Stars. I don’t know why; all I know that moment was the story’s all about cancer.
The character building at the beginning was strong. One would not really expect a Holden-Caulfield-point-of-view on a teenage girl battling with cancer, which kind of made it cool to read actually. And then the slow and flirtatious way of making the two main characters interact with each other was simply captivating that it made me click on to the next pages even more.
I have waited for the doctor for almost 3 and a half hours and I stopped reading the novel at Chapter 13. We went to the grocery by 2 in the afternoon then went home by 3:30. By that time, I wished to finish the novel. Neither did I know that by 6:30 pm, the e-book would left me teary-eyed.
As I finished it, I pondered on certain things about life. One of those would be about how lucky I am that I was not in Hazel nor Gus’s position when I was on their age. I may say that although Green attacked the story in a very light way, the construction of each line was just simply as heavy as to how sepulchral it was; reading between the lines.
This novel had almost me crying while holding my phone if one of the main character’s eulogy were long enough to sustain that flash flood of emotions but then as I said, Green had his own style—-something that is not too emotional nor sensual but rather one that is just simply perfect in its own way.
TFIOS is just simply worthy of anyone’s time to read and reflect :)