What’s it all about?:
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.
What did I think?:
This is the first book from John Green that I have read, and one of the Richard and Judy Spring Reads 2013. I have heard lots of hype about this book – even some classifying it as “sick-lit” (?!). Apparently, at the age of twenty-two, the author worked as a student chaplain in a children’s hospital, came into contact with a lot of young cancer sufferers and has been trying to write a novel about it ever since. That, I think has given him ample experience and knowledge to write a book like this and in my opinion, it really worked. I have to admit, I did see what was coming, but it didn’t stop my enjoyment of the book.
Warning – this book is incredibly sad, and I think it’s something that will stay with me for a while. The only minor thing I have against the book is that sometimes the dialogue between the sixteen/seventeen year olds felt incredibly ancient. Yes, they had probably matured beyond their years by going through the monstrosity that is cancer, but sometimes I really didn’t feel like I was reading about adolescents. That aside, this is a wonderful book, beautifully written and horribly sad, and I will definitely be checking out other books by John Green.
Would I recommend it?:
But of course!
Star rating (out of 5):