Is there something romantic about our favorite people dying, a feeling excruciatingly painful yet generous in the sense that only one can feel and can’t even express it with the other. Maybe, that’s what makes “P.S. I Love you” and “The fault in our stars” so great reads. As the protagonist, Augustus Waters says “The thing is you sound like a bastard if you don’t romanticize them, but the truth . . . . . . . complicated, I guess”.
It’s written in a lucid way of two people coming together while dealing with Cancer. Sharing, feeling and expressing the thoughts and insecurities of a cancer patient. The time Hazel and Augustus spend together knowing very clearly that she might not survive this relationship is written in an eloquent way that you’d like to cry of her feeling like a grenade. Of how Augustus always in a stressful situation keeps a cigarette in his mouth and doesn’t light it up, why, that is how awesome Augustus is.
The story develops into a beautiful tragedy where the two protagonists are connected by the novel “An Imperial Affliction” and they start finding answers to what happened to the other characters in the story after the protagonist in the novel succumbs to death because of cancer. For which the two wanted to meet the author Van Houten, and I will explain later how you’d be left with the same feeling of meeting John Green.
It develops into Hazel and Augustus finding answers and falling for each other, the transcendental feeling of wanting to be with each other knowing very well that they might not.
The story makes us believe that we are also searching for the same answers as Hazel and Augustus, as in the end, the author John Green leaves us with the same unanswered question as the author of An Imperial Affliction left Hazel and Augustus. I couldn’t express my anger, anxiety, and delight on the master stroke John Green puts us through in the very end.
I love the way Augustus leads his life, for me he’s the star of the story. I loved how he’s ok with not given a chance to change the world for good or make his mark, of how he makes Hazel feel, and how awesome they are together. His proposal to Hazel is the best in the whole universe:
“I am in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple
The pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just
A shout in the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed
And that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and
I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”
Thank you John Green, Hazel, and Augustus for your story.
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