Been the second day I’ve been dealing with a severe toothache after a long while. I know, it ain’t in fashion for having it these days. 😐 Anyway, after seeing a dentist right on the first day, and being told nothing I could do than drinking painkiller or deactivating the nerve of the injured tooth (if it is really incurable), I keep searching anything that can keep me sane (other than my mefinal—painkiller med).
So here it is, I got a new book days ago, the original/English version of John Green’s recently booming novel: The Fault in Our Stars, about cancervanian teenagers who fall in love. Honestly, I just heard of it after its movie was on cinema. But, since I got more time for books than for cinema, I bought the book first.
Yesterday I began reading it—whenever the painkiller started working. At the first place, I have fallen in love with the author’s narration style (this made me decide to read his other books), then with the character Hazel Grace as well as Augustus Waters. They are enough to get me hooked from the first until the last page, without wishing to skip or stop. You know that love story is tricky, it could be very touching and hooking or, the worse, could be very boring. Once you found it boring, there might be hardly a way to finish it or you would finish it in a long time. But, this one, I will say, it hooked me.
Hazel and Augustus are the characters you will love and keep making you smile even when you’re done reading the novel. I love their quirkiness. Green created them very genuinely ‘specific’ aside their imperfection–Augustus with his osteosarcoma which left him one leg and Hazel with her thyroid cancer which made her really depend on her canulla to breathe. Even with his one-legged-ness, Augustus is the kind of character who will still win every girl-reader’s heart. He’s [narratively] hot, indeed. And, the fact that he fell in love with a sick girl [literally] won’t frustrate you, really, otherwise you will love it that way—Augustus and Hazel. Here is my favorite line as well as implied quality of Augustus of his habit putting an unlit cigar on his mouth.
“It’s a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.”
How I like him!
(SPOILER ALERT) Speaking of the plot, to be frank, I’ve guessed since the first time where would the story go. But the good thing is, the way Green did not really dramatize the death of the main character while kept it flow naturally and narratively, succeeded keeping me hooked and touching me, even still making me sad despite the fact I knew it since the first time. Green made it still breaks the readers’ hearts even when reading the thing they already knew. Yeah, I know, the death of a main character is always a heart-breaking thing, even tear-jerking (like Mitch Albom did to me in “Tuesdays with Morrie”).
I added, I like the thing about that fictional book “An Imperial Affliction”. Good job, Green. At first I thought it was a real book, until there was the “real” Peter Van Houten showing up amid the story. Lol.
However, out of ten, I’d give “the Fault in Our Stars” novel eight (8).