‘I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.’ – Augustus Waters.
The Fault in Our Stars is written by the one and only John Green. I, for one, do not think I have ever read a book that was so relevant to my life in such a multitude of ways. The Fault in Our Stars is a heart-warming yet heart-wrenching novel about a young girl named Hazel who falls in love with a guy named Augustus. Seems normal, right? The catch, they both have severe medical conditions. Hazel is suffering from cancer while Augustus is an amputee. They meet at a recovery group held at a local church and end up falling in love although Hazel doesn’t want to as she is certain she will die and does not want to put Augustus through that pain. Surprisingly it is Augustus who ends up getting ill and eventually dying. However there is much more to this story under the surface. The story that John Green paints is simply beautiful, the true meaning, although differing between each reader and perhaps even every new visit to the book, is one everyone should be able to take away and perhaps apply to their own lives to live a more beautiful and fulfilling one. (Here is John Green reading his opening chapter – here!)
My thoughts on the book are obviously more than clear and it is safe to say that it is my favourite book at the present time and it will take a truly magical book to knock The Fault in Our Stars off the number one spot. I truly do not think that anyone reading this book or planning to do so truly understand what is awaiting them at the end. This book becomes apart of you in a way so unbelievably real and life changing. Why? I think because this book teaches you how to become compassionate and how to truly feel but most importantly how to love without holding back or without expectation. I now long for a love like Hazels and Augustus’ or just to simply find my own Augustus who will look past my ‘gas tank and nubbins’ to see the person I truly am or the person I could or should aim to be. Augustus is in many ways the ideal man in every girl’s imagination; his hair, height, looks, the way he talks and acts, are described in such a way you can’t help but imagine him in such a way that would fulfill your fantasies. The difference here is that Augustus is broken, however purely in a physically sense, and even then barely so. Augustus may have lost one of his legs but he has not lost, if anything he has gained, his pure soul. Augustus is, in my mind, the purest image of what every person should aspire to be. He is strong and faithful and loving and has such a positive outlook in life that every person should aspire to have. Even in his darkest moments when he is becoming more and more of a victim to his disease, we can see his everlasting portrayal of love for Hazel, in which he contacts her favourite author after a rather unsuccessful visit together. His love is seen in the fact that his perhaps last lucid moments are spent thinking of Hazel and perhaps the last way he can make her happy even in his departure.
I believe that people should aspire to be like Augustus because he is such a loving and positive human being, something I think that our world today lacks significantly in, because surely if a teenage ex-baseball player who has lost one of his legs and ultimately ends up dying can in turn have such a positive lasting effect on someone who loves him, surely anyone else who is even a smidgen more ‘lucky’ in life can do the same? Wouldn’t it be amazing if everyone else can have just a pinch of the same mind frame and give generously and love unconditionally to everyone in their life, because who knows, we could blink tomorrow and it could all be gone. Life is a precious thing and Augustus understood that in a way that not many seventeen year old boy do, which is why I don’t understand why people of the same age if not older can not simply do the same.
So every time we blink, we should take a moment to take in everything around us, every thought, feeling, sound, touch, every little thing, we should give to every person we love even just by telling them that we love them, that life wouldn’t be the same without them, that they really have changed your life, because in doing so, you may change theirs and then when you open your eyes, you can do so knowing that if the next time was your last, you would happily never open your eyes again.