Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Books
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 318 pages
Release Date: January 10, 2012
Source: Personal Library, Bought
Rating: 5 Stars
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
I just finished reading and my eyes are still leaking. I knew that this would happen when I started this book. I knew it was going to be sad. What I didn’t know was how angry it was going to make me. How it would shatter my heart. How it would make me think.
This story of two teens fighting hopelessly for their lives, knowing that they are going to die moved me in a way that I can honestly say no book has before. Hazel and Gus were the definition of star-crossed lovers. At first I wasn’t sure about their relationship. It moved pretty fast, but then as I thought more about it, I realized that everything moves faster when you’re dying. When you have a deadline. When the clock is running out. And I grew to love and believe in their relationship.
Hazel was so intelligent, funny, and different. Her character was a breath of fresh air in the YA genre. And Augustus was the same way. Both of these kids are going through a horrendous thing. I can’t even imagine getting a terminal diagnosis like Hazel. Living with that every day would be the most painful thing in the world. Knowing that you are inevitably going to hurt your loved ones by dying, something completely out of your control. Hazel knows all these things and she keeps going and keeps a somewhat positive look on life. No, she’s not positive all the time. But Hazel is realistic and that was what I loved about her.
Augustus was the sweetest, most caring boy I’ve ever met in a book. He put the needs of others before his own time and time again and I fell in love with every part of him. Augustus took a piece of my heart. It is now and forever tucked into this book.
And now I will tell you why this book made me angry. The injustice of it. Cancer. How unfair is it that kids have to have this horrible disease, that they have to die from it, that they can’t live their lives? That they have to lose the ones they love. That they have to worry about their parents staying together after they die. It’s so unfair. And it breaks my heart to think about it. I am crying all over again now.
I can’t say any more about this book except that I loved it. It was perfect in every way. Insightful. Real. Heartbreaking. Beautiful. I only regret not reading this sooner and I look forward to rereading this one time and time again.
Have you read this book? You probably have since everybody in the world has. What did you think? Did it make you ugly cry too?