Have you ever come across a book that changed a piece or two of your mind and became the part of your bookshelf forever?
Sometimes you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.
So this book, The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green is a story of two cancer affected teenagers who met in a support group and fell in love. Sounds typical? It really isn’t.
The story taught me certain lessons that I must note and save forever.
1. Since you are alive anyways, why not just live a little?
I am in love with you Hazel, and I am not in the business of denying myself with simple pleasure of saying true things. I am 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.
TFIOS is a wake-up call that nobody is immortal. With that in mind, get out there in the world and make things happen. Travel. Feel. Love. Live. Don’t deny the simple pleasures that life offers. Experience the inexperience, make moments, collect memories and live life to the fullest.
2. Some pains are never-lasting.
That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.
The book turns extremely sad when Augustus waters, the protagonist died. I mean how could he? After all, heroes don’t die. Right?
How void life of Hazel would be without the crooked smile of Augustus Waters! Such eternal pain.
This part of the book actually broke my heart but trust me it was a privilege.
In words of Gus ~ ‘We don’t get to choose if we get hurt; it is a near certainty that we will experience pain. Each of us should hope that in the end we can say, not that we weren’t hurt, but that we chose wisely as to who hurt us.’
3. Everyone is fighting their own battles.
The weird thing about houses is that they almost look like nothing is happening inside of them, even though they contain most of our lives.
You barely know the struggles people around you are going through. The person standing next to you might be another Hazel, Augustus, Issac or Mr-Mrs Lancasters. Don’t ever be cruel. Be human.
4. Enjoy every beautiful infinity.
There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There is .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 simply bigger than other infinities.
Even if you think you are a grenade and want to minimize the casualties that you cause, do not rob yourself of a beautiful infinity. You will never know what something could be until you give it a try. Do not join the ‘what if’ club. Let yourself be happy. Life is full of surprises. Who knows, when you get your Gus or your Hazel.
Ratings : I would give it 5/5. 🙂
Read it and let’s have happy fangirling together.
PS – What are your favorite quotes from this book?