On kissing and writing and the meaning of life and love in the Anne Frank House

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Anne Frank monument, Amsterdam. Photo courtesy Jeff Blum via Flickr Creative Commons

Anne Frank monument, Amsterdam. Photo courtesy Jeff Blum via Flickr Creative Commons

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In The Fault in Our Stars, two dying teens share their first passionate kiss in the Anne Frank House. Seems a little awkward and even irreverent, until you think about it a little more closely.

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  • I too find myself a relentless believer in the inherent goodness of people, independent of the nearly always contrary belief found on the front page of newspapers.

    It seems to be innate and nearly impervious to reason.

  • Larry Meza

    What a beautifully crafted and well written article…Now after many years I gave to go back and reread her exquisite diary. Thank you for reprinting a small portion of it. Who would ever dream that those words were pinned by a twelve year old girl.

  • “I like to think she’d encourage each of us to embrace the life we have while we draw breath now, to enjoy our loved ones, to use our gifts, to remember the great capacity human beings have for good, whatever the latest dismal headlines say, to kiss in the Anne Frank House and to be grateful even for our too-brief and often difficult lives.”

    YES.

    I read TFIOS when it first came out and fell in love with it. Your analysis of this scene is SO great! Resonated deeply with me. Thanks for sharing!