"My name came from a license plate, actually. My mom was driving when she was 18, she was in traffic on the freeway, and the car in front of her, the license plate said ‘Shai’ and then it had a bunch of numbers. She doesn’t even know if it was supposed to be pronounced as Shai, but she created that in her own mind."
People love her. Every time we do interviews together, she hugs everyone in the room, and I shake hands, and I immediately look like this stiff, repressed Brit. So from now on, I feel like I should snog someone. But then she’d probably do that better than me, too.
The fact that Hazel at such a young age realizes that all of this is fleeting and that none of it matters. That it doesn’t matter how big of a mark you leave on the world or how many great things you do, or if you change the world or if you’re Martin Luther King Jr. or Cleopatra or homeboy down the street. Eventually it’s all going to end, and oblivion is inevitable. So you might as well enjoy every moment and live every moment in a present state of mind. - Shailene on TFIOS