I just finished reading 'The Fault In Our Stars'. It was funny and heartbreaking.
While I was reading it, someone commented that it was too Korean drama-ish. To some maybe.
But it resonated with me. I could empathize and resonate with so much that was happening in the book. In some ways I could feel Hazel's anger and disappointment in the world. Her views on life and death. But in so many other ways I could also feel Augustus' desire and need to leave a mark in this world. The last months of his life where hope turns to anger and then to shame and disappointment. I wrote something in preparation of my last few days as did he. The difference is, I could take mine back and rewrite it now, he couldn't.
Everything in it felt real to me, you would know if you've walked out being different. Not a good different, as Hazel would put it, a side effect of dying different.
The love part is charming but it only serves to make the story interesting. Everybody wants a good story, if it wasn't because of love, the book would just be about two kids dying of cancer and a blind friend.
If you feel remotely distant towards it, I can only tell you that you've not walked in a shoe where you know your days might be limited.
Now I'm going to watch the movie.
P/S: I could only imagine Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace. I hope she'll nail it in the movie.