02 August 2015

The Fault in our Stars



Book: The Fault in our Stars
Author: John Greene
Rating: 4.5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


There are times when something touches you - an art, a painting, a view, a picture, a movie, a story, a book. This is one of those. So poor, so innocent, yet so cruel. Writing such beautiful characters but a tragedy. It's a romantic tragedy of the current times. Like Romeo Juliet of ancient era, Thornbirds of another century, this is the sad tale of our times. True love lost with death, a cancer, a disease which no one know will take you when. 
The story is beautifully written of two young characters who find love in a difficult situation and yet it's true. They live their life at the helm of death and the pain is still unbearable. I could go on and on about how I hate romantic stories but no one can hate this. It's so simply beautiful. John Greene writes his heart and soul into it. Who can write a love story in such a difficult situation. Can it really be true. Can people be so nice with no bad or evil thought in them. How can people be so nice? 

But anything is possible. One can find love at unlikely places and times. Read it because it's as much about life as much about first love. It's the first and last love stories - of Augustus and Hazel. The fault in our stars doesn't have one fault, or probably there is, it does not have a Happy ending! Happy endings aw nothing but Happy pauses! The life continues after that. If we make part II of most films with happy endings, thus would not be so happy. This unhappy ending has a happiness too of a life short but well lived, love short but well loved, and story well told! 

The another big reason to love this book is the bibliophile in me. What a collection of authors and books. 
Silvia Plath
Emily Dickinson 
Allen Ginsberg
Proust 
Catcher in the rye
Huckleberry Finn

Just like the ' Perks of being a Wallflower'
The protagonists here too love and quote the world of popular books. The entire story is based on a fictional book (fiction book) -  An Imperial Affliction by a fictional writer Peter Van Houten.  

Without revealing much, the love story travels through support group meetings at literal heart of Jesus, to book conversations and debating statistics, playing video games, watching V for Vendetta and Americas next top model, selling a swing set, or observing Funky Bones, using a wishing genie, to traveling to Amsterdam, romantic dinner at the Orangee, sightseeing Anne Frank House and returning to hospitals and sickness. The journey is beautiful interspersed with teenage conversations and romance and you can't help but fall in love too. The lovely use of metaphors in this book has beautiful romantic rendition to it. 

I had seen the film before the book so for me characters had already taken the face and voice of the actors in movie. But despite that I enjoyed both and needless to say the book is better than the film. 

As much as One would say life is what you make of it there is something called destiny and all you can control is how you react to it. A story of two star crossed lovers and their love story. Highly recommended to read! 

Here is the star dust from a book filled with metaphors and mesmerising conversations - 

Pain demands to be felt!

There are about fourteen dead people for every living person. 

And in freedom most people find sin. 

What Dom Perignon said after inventing champagne, "come quickly: I am tasting the stars."

My thoughts are stars I can't fathom into constellations. 

She no longer is suffering from personhood (one way to describe death).

I fell in love the way you sleep - slowly and then all at once. 

You are so busy being YOU that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are. 

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