“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
-Hazel, on a plane ride to Amsterdam with Augustus
I found my current read (Chateau d’Argol) quite cryptic so I proceeded to read a more here-and-now novel. I had been hearing about John Green’s novels from fellow bookworm girl pals. There are so many raves about the book and I was genuinely intrigued. I saw the attractive light blue cover and I felt all the more curious about this much-talked-about story.
I ended up reading it in two sittings.
It did not disappoint. I never imagined cancer to be a very romantic focal point or backdrop, but Green made it to be so in this novel. In many parts of the book, I find myself chuckling and shedding tears depending on the moment. I don’t have cancer but to a certain extent, Hazel’s character was quite easily identifiable. And Augustus. Wow. Words elude me to describe him.
Theirs is a love story that is meant to be read– bittersweet, inspiring, and heartwarming.
There was just so much fire, verve, and heart in the way the words were arranged. It’s quite contemporary but not in a shallow or superficial kind of way. It uncovers layers of the characters in the midst of the unique plot. Sure, it maintains the “men as protectors” point of view, but it outdid the usual romantic plots with the manner the Gus-Hazel romance was built and tackled.
I did not quite like the ending sentence. But I adored the book within a book reference.
Sorry as the lovers’ situation is in the novel, they remain inspirational to real-life lovers to make solid commitments for love. It ironically discusses death and in so doing, gives his readers with a new way of looking at life and their individual selves.