and I have to say, I’m unhappy. Not in the book, or the writing, or the characters, but in the way that it ended. I was completely and utterly immersed in the story when I turned the page to find it empty. I feel as though John Green was preparing me the whole way through with the constant reminder that An Imperial Affliction ended mid-sentence. It’s like he was letting me know it was going to end swiftly, but I couldn’t help but be angry that it was over.
Do not misunderstand me, this book was brilliant. Beautifully heartbreaking. The thing is however, I wanted it to keep going. I’m like Hazel in wanting to know how everyone ended up with the rest of their lives. How long did Hazel live? What happened to her parents after her death, did her mother become a good Patrick? Did Isaac ever find true love? So many stories that will be left untold, but I believe that John has all their stories written somewhere (most likely in his head). He is nothing like Van Houten, in the sense that John’s characters live on. They do not end when the story ends.
I guess a book always has to end, even though when it comes to John Green’s books, I wish they didn’t. I was considering putting this in his ask box, but I decided I’d rather not bother him with such trivial words. If he does read this, or if any nerdfighters read this, let me say that this book did actually end rather perfectly. I just sometimes wish that this book was like Sergeant Max Mayhem…you think it’s over, but there are so many more adventures to have.