And I fell in love with her the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.
That’s how I fell in love with this story.
It’s a love story of two teenage cancer patients. Wait. I just told you it’s a love story. Still reading? Good. Because I can challenge you, even if you don’t like romance/love fiction, you’ll still love this story. Challenged. (Accepted?)
The story pictures death romantically.
In any way, you’re going to be dead, sooner or later. Death is not something to be feared of, but one should embrace the hard reality of life.
This book portrays the journey of two cancer patient teenagers where both know one of them is going to leave the life before other, still, the magic of love intrigued them.
This book also provides some valuable insights on life. Consider the depth of this talk where Hazel, the leading girl character, put forth her thoughts and beliefs during a conversation:
“There will come a time,” Hazel said, “when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this”- Hazel gestured encompassingly- “will have been for nought. Maybe this time is coming soon and maybe it’s millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”
February, as believed, is the month of love.
And in this month of love, I’d recommend the book ‘The Fault in our Stars’ by John Green.
P.S. Don’t go for ‘The fault in our stars’ movie if you have the capacity/habit of reading novels. There’s a lot of editing in the movie part. But if one doesn’t like reading books, the movie is highly recommended at least.
Here are some differences between the novel and the movie ‘The fault in our stars’-
13 Reasons why the movie version of ‘The fault in our stars’ is not justifying the novel
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