Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars

So I read this book called The Fault in Our Stars written by John Green. Everyone is smitten with this book so I decided to pick it up and give it a try. Now I understand why everyone is saying it's such a great book.
This story revolves around 16-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster suffers from a terminal disease where her lungs constantly require a considerable amount of oxygen pumped or she will suffer from lack of air which leads to suffocated breaths. Then she meets the love of her life – 17-year-old Augustus Waters. He too suffers from a defect in his body, being an ex basketball talent to an amputee. They fall in love upon first sight at the Support Group Hazel regularly attends and their relationship does progress to that of an intimate one.

However, the essence of this book lies in its beautifully crafted and intricate language causes us to pause ponder about what whether indeed have taken everything we deem as "natural" for granted, such as the ability to breathe normally or even run. These teenagers are fully aware of the fact of their glitch in their bodies and the impending death that will befall into them. They struggle to grapple on for their dear lives, only to be pushed down by their formidable, punitive and incurable disease. They know more than anyone else that death is an inevitability, coming  to realize that they are merely "side effects" of the Universe, people that will leave personhood quietly without leaving an impact on the world.

"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are the underlings." is extracted from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar – the inspiration for the book's title and the allusion to stars. We have little or no control over our death. No one but God can only control when we leave the realms of Earth. Some of us leave this world earlier than others, but what's most important is that we have fulfilled our duty and enjoyed ourselves to the fullest.

My favorite quote from the book definitely has to be "My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations." Indeed, at times we are unable to express ourselves, expose our true feelings, yet we know there is something, something hiding in our body and waiting to come out in due time, yet we can show it, just like how these teenagers aspire to step out of their illness and live normally for once.

This book has definitely provided a new aspect on life for me. I'm currently reading Looking for Alaska, another of John Green's works, and I'm certain it would not be a disappointment. :-)


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