Published: January 10th 2012 by Dutton Books
Date Finished: May 7th, 2013
Rating: 5 stars
Age Recommendation: -
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.
So I know that I am probably the last person on earth to read this book, but I thought I would add my review to the pile.
I was both excited and also nervous to read this book, just because of all of the amazing things I had heard about John Green himself and also this book. I was really afraid that it wouldn't live up to my expectations. Well this book didn't only live up to my expectations, it completely blew them out of the water.
The plot. I completely fell in love with the plot of this book. It would have to be probably the most depressing book I have ever read, but at the same time it seemed to make me smile. I loved having the perspective of this book told from someone with cancer, I thought that it bought a real genuine quality to the book and really turned it into something special. I thought that this book flowed extremely well and way beautifully written. But really the thing that made this book for me (and I'm guessing a lot of other people) would have to be Augustus.
The characters. I thought that all of the characters were written amazingly in this book. They were all so real and genuine and they really made this book into something special.
Hazel. I really enjoyed Hazel's character. I thought that she was very relatable and she was a very enjoyable character to the POV of the book told from. I thought that she was very strong willed and always did what she wanted and made an impact on a lot of peoples lives within this book. I loved seeing how she grew in her relationship with Augustus and how he helped her to become a better person.
Augustus. I really have no words to describe just how much his character had an impact on me. From the start when he came into the book I knew that he was going to be something special. I thought that he was caring, witty and charismatic and he was so kind and selfless especially when it came to Hazel. Seeing him in the last part of the book really made me sad but till the end I could still see glimpses of his old self and even after he was gone in those last few pages I still got to see some of the old Augustus.
Overall I am completely in love with this book. It made me laugh, it made me cry (which only one other book has been able to do) and it has really made an impact on how I see the world. This is a book that I think everyone should read and I will definitely be purchasing a hardcover to go alongside my paperback, that is how much I love it.