Washington Junior High School, Dubuque
Dear John Green,
Your heartening novel, The Fault in Our Stars, has lit a gleaming star in my heart. As, I read The Fault in Our Stars, I was moved by the amount of appreciation and love that Augustus Waters had for himself as well as others around him. Through his severe, life threatening battle with osteosarcoma, Augustus continued show adoration for his loved ones. Though Augustus lost his life in the battle with cancer, his perception of life and positive attitude still live on. Mr. Green, your character, Augustus has taught me that optimism and appreciation are two vital keys to life.
It wasn't easy to be optimistic all the time. At times when I struggle to complete or achieve something, I want to back away from the task. Some examples include running a mile and a half every day, solving a difficult math problem, reading a piece of literature with complicated language, etc. I have given up numerous times on all three of these situations before. After reading The Fault in Our Stars, my "tough" situations seemed silly compared to Augustus who was battling the pain cancer and the thought of dying.
Since Augustus continued to be optimistic, have a sense of humor, enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and show affection for his loved ones, he died a less emotionally painful death. I will now persevere to do the best I can on any task without ever giving up. Reading the Fault in Our Stars had taught me that optimism is important and has the power to mold the path of your life.
As a perfectly healthy and nourished person, I often times forget the luxuries that I have to appreciate. It is a different story for both characters, Augustus and Hazel. I was blown away by the way that Augustus embraced the concept of appreciation even after his reoccurrence of cancer. He continued to appreciate Hazel's love and talk to his friend, Isaac. After the influence of Fault in Our Stars, I will think more carefully about the life I have before complaining.
The Fault in Our Stars has given me one of the greatest gifts of all time. I have learned the importance of the art of perseverance though optimism. Giving up isn't an option in life. I've also learnt to be thankful of what I already have. Complaining can't ever make life better. As I encounter situation where these two lessons must be used, the memories of reading the golden truths in your novel will fill my head. Augustus Waters is more than a mere fictional character to me. He is a beloved guide that has shown me through his thoughts, actions, and feelings, that life is what you make it.
I thank you, Mr. Green with all my heart, for writing this novel that has greatly shaped my views on optimism and appreciation.
With admiration and gratitude,