Since my childhood I have always been fond of reading and writing. Reading has always been something that has helped me to uplift my mood whenever I have felt low and down.
Although during my childhood I only read books that were part of my syllabus, I fell in love with reading at a very early stage of my life. I have come across many books that have helped me grow but there is one book that has changed my perception about love and life and has made me a better human being who is a believer, a dreamer and someone who never loses hope in the positive energy of life.
I have read many story books and novels so far but the first book that I fell in love with is The Fault in our stars by John Green. My brother gifted this novel to me in my 18th birthday and I couldn't be happier. It was my best birthday gift that I will cherish forever. When I started reading the book I did not really have much expectations from it because I thought it would turn out to be one of those so-called cliche romance stories and by then I got tired of reading the same kind of content over and over again.
It was only after I finished reading the book I started realizing how much I actually loved it. I not only loved the narrative but I truly loved Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters with all my heart. During the journey of reading the book I started imagining these characters in front of my own eyes and started rooting for them gradually.
At one point I almost forgot these are fictional characters who do not exist in real life. I started having imaginary conversations in my mind with Augustus and Hazel on a regular basis. This was the first time I fell for a fictional character. This was the first time I fell in love with a novel so badly and so deeply that I ended up reading it more than 10 times now. Needless to mention, it never fails to amaze me and each time I discover new perspectives while reading the book. This is one quality of novels that I find absolutely amazing.
The words and pages of a book never change but the appeal does. Every time we read it, it happens to appear in a new and vibrant way, unusual and unique. Every time an extra layer gets added to what it was the last time.
Hazel and Augustus' love story is something I find absolutely fascinating and to some extent, surreal. The way their love story evolves is extraordinary and it would be no exaggeration to call it the best romantic story to exist in modern literature. Augustus is someone who never gives up on life. He never gives up on Hazel either. Despite the fact that both of them are diagnosed with cancer, he is the only who knows how to keep their love alive and how to make it immortal. Even when Hazel gives up, Augustus comes up with phrases like " It would be my privilege to have my heart broken by you" and so on.
A film has also been made based on this novel and I loved it as well. Most of the dialogues have been portrayed exactly how they are there in the book. These are dialogues that will be cherished forever and ever not only as part of the history of films but also as some of the most remarkable dialogues of romantic fiction.
All we want in our lives is someone like Augustus. Who would do anything without even thinking of anything negative to make the situation right. Somehow we all lack confidence to think in a positive way at times when things get difficult. But Augustus never fails to keep his optimism alive. We all try to be Augustus Waters, who never lets anyone down for anything and never forgets to care about people around him and does every possible thing to protect his close ones. He never loses hope. He's someone who could even bring the moon from the sky if Hazel demanded so.
The ending is extremely heartbreaking. It broke my heart into a million pieces to read the ending when Hazel is looking at the sky, alone and remembers the times she spent with Augustus. It made me realize all we want in our life is these moments. These moments are worth cherishing and worth living for. If not for these moments, what else would anyone live for? The way their connection remained intact even after Augustus' death immortalized their love story and made it something that is beyond this mortal and physical world.
I learned how to love. I loved how to keep believing in optimism. I learned how we should never lose hope no matter what the circumstances are. I learned even death cannot break a beautiful relationship, a beautiful friendship, moreover a beautiful connection that two human beings happen to create between themselves. I learned how to never let go of our dreams and aspirations even when everything seems dark and black. I have never read a book so emotional yet so powerful at the same time. It made me smile, it made me cry and by the end it made me a stronger version of myself. This is not a mere love story for me but it has been a seminal book in my life that has changed me for good and I recommend it to everyone to read it regardless of whether they are bibliophiles or not. Because it doesn't really matter.
There are a few books that are worth reading and worth cherishing and this one is undoubtedly one of them whoch should be read by every one and mo matter how internally broken they are they would start believing in love again. No one can ever not have a positive essence of hope after reading the book and that is what makes it so beautiful.