Monday, August 17, 2015

It's time for...
Book Boyfriend Monday!

 Augustus Waters
(The Fault in Our Stars by John Green)

Let's be honest, we all adore Augustus "Gus" Waters. Even if you didn't enjoy the book I bet there's a part of you that secretly liked Gus.

Augustus is described as a tall, fit, blue eyed, mahogany haired guy with a prosthetic leg. He's an ex- basketball player with osteosarcoma cancer.

One of the things I find interesting about Gus is his outlook on life. The poor kid is dying and yet he's still super  real and happy. He has this thing for symbols/metaphors which is really cool. The most common metaphor he uses is the infamous cigarette he carries in his mouth but doesn't actually smoke.

He's also super caring. He stayed with his ex-girlfriend Caroline until she passed even though she was extremely sour and nicknamed him "Stumpy." But he felt bad for her, as she was dying of brain cancer.

His goal throughout the book is to make Hazel happy and that's just too dang sweet. From helping her meet her favorite author to being there for her through her sickness even as he was "lit up" with cancer himself.

[SPOILER] In the end Augustus "Gus" Waters passes away in one of the saddest book deaths. I definitely didn't see it coming until late in the book and I bawled my eyes out as we saw him progressively get sicker until the end.

Some quotes from/about Augustus:
“I'll fight it. I'll fight it for you. Don't you worry about me, Hazel Grace. I'm okay. I'll find a way to hang around and annoy you for a long time.”
“I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.” 
- “I fear oblivion,” he said without a moment’s pause. “I fear it like the proverbial blind man who’s afraid of the dark.”
“Too soon,” Isaac said, cracking a smile.
“Was that insensitive?” Augustus asked. “I can be pretty blind to other people’s feelings.” 

-  “If you don't live a life in service of a greater good, you've gotta at least die a death in service of a greater good, you know? And I fear that I won't get either a life or a death that means anything.” 
-  “its a metephor, see: you put the killing thing right between your teeth but you dont give it the power to do its killing.” 

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