“Maybe ‘Okay’ will be our ‘always’”
This is what Augustus says to Hazel after reading “An imperial Affliction” Hazel’s favorite book. Hazel and Augustus met at the support group, a group Hazel had to go to because she was kind of depressed. She didn’t like it at all, I mean who would like it to go to a group full of young cancer sufferers, until she met Augustus. Hazel really wanted to meet Peter van Houten, the author of “ An imperial affliction”,but she had already used her “Wish”. Augustus on the other hand had not and so they went to Amsterdam to meet Peter van Houten, which was really dissapointing, because he was drinking all the time and he didn’t want to answer any question. Nevertheless they had an amazing time, but then Augustus tells Hazel the shocking fact that he had a “PET-scan” and that he “Lit up like a christmas tree” in other words he had metastases all over his body. From that moment onwards, Augustus’ condition keeps getting worse and worse, till he dies an unheroic death in a hospital bed.
The book “The fault in our stars” is writen by John Green, an american author of young adult fiction. He has won different prizes for his books like the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. Different sites and magazines like “Time entertainment” and even The New York times wrote things about “The fault in our stars”. Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Augustus and Hazel’s love story is as real as it is doomed, and the gut-busting laughs that come early in the novel make the luminous final pages all the more heartbreaking”.
This book really moved me. I would recommend this book to every single one of you because it made me laugh and cry at the same time. It’s a really sad book but there’re also really funny and nice things at the same time. The book is about the life some young people have to live, the life with death always in their mind, the life with the certainty that you will die soon and with the certainty that you will leave people behind in pain. Which is one of Hazel’s main concerns. “I wanted to know that he would be okay if I died. I wanted to not be a grenade, to not be a malevolent force in the lives of people I loved.” For me, and for I think almost everyone, it’s hard to imagine living a life like that, because I do fortunately not have a terminal disease.
His writing style is very nice and not difficult at all, it was very hard for me to stop reading and therefore I practically finished the book in one go.
Another thing which struck me about this book was that he described Amsterdam very well, which is probably because he’d been living there for about three months to write his book.
The book will be turned in a film soon, unfortunately I think, because generally the books are better than the films and I thought that this as such a great book that the film will never we albe to outdo the book.
And here’s I’ve included a fan made clip of the scene where Augustus breaks down in the car while parked at the gas station.