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My favourite part of books is discussing them with other fans. Because I want my reviews to remain spoiler-free as they’re more likely to be read by those who haven’t read the book yet, I’m also planning to post “book discussions,” for many of the books I review. Obviously, these book discussions will contain spoilers and much flailing. Maybe some intellectual-like discussion…but mostly flailing.
I have to say it: WHY THE HELL DID AUGUSTUS WATERS HAVE TO DIE!!!!!!!!!
I had prepared myself for Hazel to die. I actually expected it and assume she eventually does die young, though John won’t tell us because he claims he doesn’t know, but Augustus?! He was in remission! He was so healthy! JOHN MADE US FALL IN LOVE WITH HIM AND THEN HE RIPPED HIM AWAY.
WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY
Well, that reaction is exactly why. Cancer kills people that wouldn’t have died otherwise. Young people. Strong people. Healthy people. There’s rarely a rhyme or reason to it, and that is what John was showing us. But it doesn’t mean I like it.
The only other thing I really want to mention is the theme of change in TFIOS as shown by Hazel Grace. Hazel was stuck in a kind of limbo at the beginning of the book: she watched reruns of America’s Next Top Model and she continuously reread the same book. But then she meets Augustus Waters and suddenly she’s watching V for Vendetta for the first time and feeling kind of beautiful for the first time and reading a series based on a video game for the first time. Augustus Waters begins the change in Hazel that will continue the entire novel showing that just because we’re all dying doesn’t mean we should ever stop living.
And if there’s anything to take away from the novel, I think it’s that.