Book Summary: Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.
Liana's Summary: Hazel is diagnosed with cancer. Augustus is sick as well. When the two meet, they both know that they were meant to be- that their romance means much more than people think. They both know that they're bound to die someday, because of the deadly poison in their body. John Green takes you through the story of Augustus and Hazel, with no other choice than to be separated at the end.
This book was great. Been wanting to read it for a long time.When my friends were fangirling really hard about this book, I really wanted to read it. And I've gotten this book as a recommendation several times. So then when my friend said she was going to the bookstore, I told her to get this book for me. (Along with 7 other books.. Which I paid for, so no worries.)
And then I started to read it. This morning. And finished 3 hours later. I have to tell you that it was GREAT. Fantabulous. Absolutely realistic and awesome and all that. The Goodreads rating. Look at that rating. Look at how much people read it.
The writing is really good. It captivated me, as it would to hundreds and thousands of other readers. I love it when a book has a good writer. Which leads me to the point of why I really like paranormal/dystopian/fantasy books, because there are only a handful of really good writers out there, and I might as well read my favorite genres all the time and not have to face the tedium of a boring writer AND a boring plot. Which explains at all why I read John Green, David Levithan, and Nicholas Sparks. Because even if their genre isn't exactly my all-time favorite, their writing makes up for it, making the plot INTERESTING.
So, I knew this book was going to be sad. So it didn't get any tears out of me. But then the thing was- a reader expects THIS to make them cry, THIS specific character to just die and leave us all alone, but the book just takes you on a whole other road, saying, nope, you guessed wrong. This character is dying instead.
It's a great illustration of how it feels to lose someone you care about to cancer. But I would love to read a book once in a while that's not so tragedic. Miracles can happen.
So, I have a comment about Augustus's (main male character) 'metaphor.' He puts cigarettes in his mouth but he doesn't light them. He says, "Death is right between my teeth but it's not killing me." I think that's pretty smart right there.
And, yeah. I think I should get started on the quotes.
"I think he's hurting her boob."
"Oh, my God, you just ruined the whole thing."
"OH MY GOD DO THEY GET MARRIED OR NOT OH MY GOD WHAT IS THIS"
Ohmygoodness I love Augustus already.
"I'm in love with you,"
"And then we were kissing."
Overall, this book was absolutely AMAZING.
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