I loved this book. Review after the summary.
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, 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.
Summary from Goodreads
Yep. Loved it…even though I texted someone who’d already read it, saying that I hated it. I was just upset, is all.
This book is sad, so don’t read if you don’t want to feel something (whether that be sadness or anger, or whatever). Don’t read if you’re not into thinking (because the author does give you heavy things to think about and, I think, as the reader it’s your job to *think*…just sayin’).
While I was reading, though, I did notice that this book is very John Green. I mean, I could hear his voice narrating in my head…I’m not sure if this is because he did read the first two chapters (check out the vlogbrothers on Youtube!) and put them online or if it’s because I’ve watched too many vlogbrothers videos. *Shrug* Either way, at first I didn’t feel like Hazel Grace was narrating. It was John Green. Once I got into it, though, that sort of fell away.
Another thing I liked? How smart these characters are. It’s refreshing. Plus, I feel like it’s also a very John Green thing to do, you know? Smart man, smart characters.
I find that John Green is very quotable, too. I enjoy that…I just enjoy his writing style. I did, however, have someone tell me that they just couldn’t get into the book. You know what? That’s okay. If a book is not for you, then it’s not for you. You don’t have to force yourself to read something you don’t like. I do think, though, that it’s always good to give things a try…like I did with The Book Thief. Four tries. No go. (Sorry!)
I can’t really say too much without spoiling the book, so I shall stop here. BUT if you’ve read it and want to talk about, please message me. :D