Sometimes people don’t understand
The promises they’re making when they make them,” i said.
Isaac shot me a look. “right, of course.
But you keep the promise anyway. that’s what love is. love is keeping the promise anyway. don’t you believe in true love?”
-― Remember this quote? If this seems familiar to you, you’ve already read John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars. Or maybe, you’ve read my post before.
A typical teenage love story of Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters but not a typical story you’ll ever know. Sounds confusing, right? It’s a typical teenage love story because it involves two teenagers that fell in love because they’ve met at a certain place and at a certain moment, but not a typical love story because they fell in love though, they have flaws and a life that made them struggled.
Hazel has a stage four Thyroid Cancer since she was 13 years old but has managed to live on. And here goes August or “Gus” for short, who was a former basketball star player and lost his leg because of osteosarcoma. They met at a support group that involves people who survived or still living with cancer.
At first, Hazel didn’t want to have a deep relationship with Gus, knowing that she has a stage four cancer that might just give Gus more struggles and pain. But when Gus wished to ” The Genies”– a fictionalized character of Make A Wish Foundation, to fly them to Amsterdam, Netherlands to see Peter van Houten, the author of Hazel’s favorite book An Imperial Affliction. He made that wish because Hazel wasn’t satisfied on the ending of the book and wanted to know what had happened to the characters, personally!
Hazel met a lot of unexpected happenings while they were in Amsterdam. And the one that surprises her more was when they went on a date and that’s the time when she knew she like Gus and wanted to pursue a relationship with him.
Gus knew that his cancer got back but didn’t tell Hazel about it because he didn’t want to ruin Hazel’s feelings but Hazel knew about it. Gus had several treatments but they both know that he will not live long enough.
The ending of the story is great because if it’s Hazel, it’s expected. John Green successfully made the twist of the story. I love the structure of the story on how it was written. John Green, you’re the best!
I hope you guys will read it too. It’s definitely a must-read and highly recommended!