Day 29 – Saddest character death.
The Fault in Our Stars; John Green.
I can’t think of a way to write this that doesn’t have spoilers. This is an awesome–and tragic–book about a sixteen-year-old girl who almost died of cancer at thirteen. She’s been spared thanks to a miracle drug, and meets a boy at a Cancer Support Group who empowers her to truly live–including trying to track down the author of her favorite book, a book that ends mid-sentence.
But books about teenagers with cancer aren’t likely to have happy endings.
Here’s the spoiler:
(Seriously, read this book. It made me tear up but I loved it.)
Why, why, why, did Gus have to die? It was terrible! It made perfect sense, of course, as Hazel was dying first, and so worried about being a grenade that would hurt everyone who loved her when she ‘exploded,’ i.e. died. I choked up and my eyes watered, and I had to blink them a bunch so I could keep reading.
The ending was satisfying, but still…
I wish books and real life could have happy endings. Including all the people dying from terminal diseases, especially those that die too young.