If I had to sum up 2013 in one word, it would be “PAINFUL”… In a lot of ways, I was hurt and I’ve hurt others as well. 2013 was not my year, and 2013 will not be highlighted in my biography. Yes, 2013 also had its moments, but in entirety, it was not the best of years in the short span of existence I share with everybody. I’ve laughed, gave, shared, cared, and loved. But more so, I’ve cried, learned, survived, and lived.
I pray to God that 2014 be more joyous and happy, more positive. Thus, I welcome 2014 with a lot of smiles and good vibes.
So here I share a word from Paulo Coelho.
May my 2014, our 2014, and all of your 2014 be more meaningful and full of kindness!
by John Green
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Yah, just finished reading it after 7 to 8 hours at best in between procrastinating with facebook and tweeter. I wanted to do a review just like what I did with the last book I read. Hahaha. Then as I have said on that review, I am not a critic, but do have opinions, so here goes..
Story and Theme:
I’ve come across love stories countless of times, whether movies, TV, books (printed or digital) or any reading material for that matter, but this is the first I’ve liked about one of the pair dying out of an illness (apart from “A Walk to Remember” I guess, but this one I watched and not read). It was full of “meaning” or “depth” for lack of better term to use. It had a sizable amount of quotable quotes for crying out loud. It makes you think of your own existence for a good while, but what’s good about it is, it doesn’t make you feel depressed-like thinking about your own being, which usually other books make you feel when you think of it (or is it just me). Anyways, the story was light considering the characters had cancers, and it had a good mix of love, drama, and humor to it. Also, as I have already posted in my tweeter, I don’t know what to make off of that ending, not a very grand one, but I liked it. I’d give it a solid 10 for the story.
Characters and Setting:
The setting was in Indianapolis, and I liked the joke the cab driver made about Americans stealing the land from the Indians but left the name. So that’s a plus on the setting *smiles*. I best believe the setting was appropriate, having the main protagonist get stuck with lungs that sucked at being lungs and living in a lesser humid state was at best. And it was describes enough for readers to picture the place and still room to imagine add-ons. The way Amsterdam was described was also beautiful, makes you want to actually fly an make and international travel to the Netherlands. So I’d give a 9, minus one for the funky bones bit, I just didn’t get that.
So for the characters, I’d give at best 10. There was no unlikable character. Every character, main and supporting (exclusive of the extras), served their purpose well. They all had strong characters and consistent traits at that. I particularly liked both Hazel Grace and Augustus. They were an awkward but adorable pair. But individually, they were characters that readers would easily get attached to. So in average, 9.5
Since I read it from a PC monitor as a PDF file, my eyes did not enjoy it. Haha. But I intellectually enjoyed it. My vocabulary widened for starters. I enjoyed every around-the-bush, seemingly unending parade of, and rarely used adjectives attached to a single noun, type of writing John Green has. I enjoyed his unusual use of prefixes and suffixes as well. Hihi. Yah so, I enjoyed it non-intellectually as well.
As I haved rated it an over-all of 9.75/10, I’d highly recommend it to others for reading.
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