Reading notes - The Fault in Our Stars
September 30, 2020
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I have been a long time fan of John Green’s Anthropocene Reviewed podcast and more recently of his Vlogbrothers YouTube channel.
When I realized he wrote the book The Fault in Our Stars I decided to pick it up and read it.
It’s a quick read, only taking me a couple days of solid reading over the course of one weekend. The story is great, a little sad mixed with quite a bit of humor. Green writes exactly how he talks, which is very easy on the ears/eyes.
A handful of my favorite parts:
Hazel’s Dad: “I believe the universe wants to be noticed. I think the universe is improbably biased toward consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its elegance being observed.” I immediately thought of Mother Nature and all the beauty that exists in the world, and how many people never stop, or have the chance, to see it. I thought of the Rocky Mountains, the Badlands in South Dakota, and all the other beautiful places I’ve been.
talking about going on a picnic on a beautiful summer day…“the kind of weather that reminds you after a long winter that while the world wasn’t built for humans, we were built for the world.”
Gus’ eulogy letter for Hazel: “Hazel knows the truth: We’re as likely to hurt the universe as we are to help it, and we’re not likely to do either.” The fact is, a lot of people think they should or need to do something great, or their lives are a waste. But all we need to do is be there, be present, pay attention. Sometimes if we try to “make a mark”, that mark is not positive.