"My thoughts are stars I can't fathom into constellations" - Augustus Waters
It was late a few nights ago when I had stayed up to read the end of 'The Fault in Our Stars', about a year or two after everyone else had finished it. I knew what was going to happen - John Green had written in some pretty noticeable hints - yet, when Augustus Waters revealed he had terminal cancer, I felt like the whole world was crashing down around me.
A few minutes after this literary betrayal, my phone vibrated; it was my boyfriend calling to say goodnight, but when I answered the phone, I could only whisper through the tears, "Gus's died". Of course, with his lack of interest in hipster-type novels, he automatically assumed that something incredibly horrible had happened, and that someone had really died. He laughed when I told him that Augustus Waters was a character from a book but, to me, he felt real. I wanted him to be real.
This is, by no means, my favourite book, nor is it the most well-written that I've ever come across; however, it made me smile and made me cry more than I ever have in regards to an individual novel.
The descriptions of the characters are on point, perfect yet heartbreakingly imperfect: two star-crossed teenagers you constantly root for in fear of the knowledge that, inevitably, something very, very bad is going to tear them apart.
16-year-old Hazel Grace and her 17-year-old true love, Augustus, cannot possibly be as intelligent and witty as they are, but somehow, it works - and, though some of their dialogue is cringingly over-written, it's made up for by their charmingly brilliant philosophical views of the universe, love, life and death (many a Tumblr quote can be composed from the sentences within this book).
I was in love with this couple from the moment they met, to their bitter-sweet journey to Holland's capital (a city whose beauty and romance is described perfectly within this book, so much so that I'm really considering taking a trip there), to their very last, heart-aching day together. Their romance is short-lived, but the poignancy of their time together is inescapable.
I can't wait for the film release later this year! In fact, here's the trailer (below), in case you hadn't seen it - and, even better, Ed Sheeran has announced that he's written a song for the movie, alongside a soundtrack that includes pieces by amazing songwriters such as Ray LaMontagne, Birdy and Tom Odell (I might just die from the amazingness)!