John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.
I couldnt put it once I started it. It has the perfect touch of humor to make me laugh out loud at times and the sometimes intellectual babble amused and made my heart flutter. Green made cancer alive and real in this book and let me see how normal it can be, as against to the view of normalcy we have. This book made me think about legacy, death, pain and sickness and joy.
And as Hazel Grace said, I would always cherish the limited infinites I had reading this book. (This made my forever).
“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”
“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”
“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.”
“Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.”