I just finished it.
Emotions are all swirly now.
I'm glad I had today off so I could go get it and just marathon read it... took me about 5-6 hours.
Has anyone finished? thoughts?
I finally got to pick up a copy this week and just finished it on Friday. All I can say is that I'm glad I didn't wait until Saturday when I was donating platelets. As a 6'1" 200lb dude, I might have drawn a bit of attention crying my eyes out in a room full of people :)
I just finished this amazing novel, regrettably, so much later than I'd hoped. But nonetheless it was AMAZING, and like all of his novels, purely addictive. I 'literally' could not put it down.
Weirdly enough, though, I never found myself crying at all throughout the novel. In my opinion, I experienced something much much much worse, and that was this aggressive sense of melancholia after I'd finished reading. I'm 2 days into my post-TFiOS reading and I have yet to regain control of my thoughts. Right now, all I can think of is the sadness of the book and I'm just a complete emotional tornado.
On a positive note, this book has totally warped my sense of outward appearances completely (for the better). I used to hold my standards for looks in a person embarrassingly high, when I myself came nowhere near to the standards I was setting. But after reading this book, I realized just how superficial and stupid and insensitive it was to judge based on looks, and so I just stopped. Stopped caring about stupid shit, and started caring about what really mattered: personality. Hazel and Augustus had beautifully humorous and intelligent personalities, and THAT'S what I look for in people: genuine personalities. I cannot believe how much this novel has changed my way of thinking, and I only seek to find more books that can come even close to how this book has made me think and feel.
God, what an amazing book.
I finished it yesterday. It was amazing.
I planned on reading a bit in the metro so I opened it and went through Chapter Thirteen. And then I stopped, it felt too intimate, I couldn't dive in it while there were those people around me and I was so exposed. Because it was it, the end was coming. And it just felt wrong. I had to say goodbye in an appropriate place (So, it left me with nothing to do while waiting for my stop, but that's not the matter).I finished it at night in my bed and it was an endless farandole of sobs.
Ten hours of sleep later, here's the usual melancholia after finishing a good book, obviously, there's also more. I can't put my finger on it, but there's more and I'm so glad there's more.
I found someone saying some very interesting things on tubmlr, and thought about sharing it with you guys:
“I think intrinsically it made you want things… it made you want things you don’t question usually… you want your next breath of air, you want the sun to come up tomorrow, you want to talk to another human being again, and you want to have another day… another week… to keep living. It made you yearn for something more than just your ordinary life… yet somehow it made you feel as if ordinary life was ok… ordinary people were ok. Just to be human was important… and that realizing the (in John Green’s words) “miracle of human consciousness” was something more in and of itself. It was actually really inspirational. It was sort of something that made you feel really hopeful in a sense… I mean there was so much pain, so much of it. But through that pain there was so much love. And it made you feel like even the things that hurt… even if it’s short, or even if you never get to do everything you planned… what you had and have is perfect, and worth it.”
(All about TFiOS, ja lads?)
actually, there's a very solid point in this... i mean, while my lungs don't suck nearly so much as Hazel's, i have often wondered why they are so bad at being lungs, so on that note, i actually just related to her...along with some of her semi/pseudo nerdy lack of interest in the normal goings on, but the why, and her need for things to go on for her family and those gone really did, as they say, made me want these things too.
Every time I re-read it, it makes me feel and think of something new. That's one of things I love about TFiOS.
I finished it in 4 hours today. It was perfect and tragic but beautiful.
I love how John's books just make me feel as if I'm being punched in the stomach and hugged at the same time, and I can't help but reread them again and again just to feel that. It sounds so strange, but it's true!
I finished it yesterday. It's fantastic! It's so sad, but it's true. The story, and character, don't sugarcoat things. It's kind of refreshing, really.
I've read it 14 times. It was amazing, not only for the story, and the characters, but also for the writing. I loved how I got new things from it every time, especially after I read the poem that "an imperial affliction" is from. I loved the metaphors, both the obvious ones, and the more abstract ones. And then I read it a few times to just soak in all of the Augustus.
Now, I'm not saying that Augustus Waters doesn't have as many flaws as the rest of us, but he completely makes up for (most of) them in every other way. He is smart, sexy, sweet, funny, and OMFG PERFECT!
And I read it when I need a good cry.
And there are such great quotes. It's very quotable. I would say it's timeless, that it will be perfect forever, but I believe that forever is an incorrect concept. And when the magic that is TFiOS ends, there will be a complete, blinding oblivion that will kill us all and no one will remain to remember anything that anyone has ever done.
Wow, that got a little sad. But yeah, that's life.
So that's my two cents. DFTBA, and best wishes.