Release Date: January 10, 2012
Publisher: Penguin: Dutton Children's
Age: Young Adult
Genre: Love, Cancer, Contemporary Romance
Format: Signed Hardcover
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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.This review is just going to be a gush-fest, I know it.
John Green is a writer that has yet to disappoint. His words hold more power than any other author's work that I've had the pleasure of reading. I love all of his books, this one taking first place, and recommend them all to anyone willing to listen. The Fault in Our Stars is a hopeful journey, taking a twist that I didn't see coming, and with enough emotion to make anyone feel for these characters.
Augustus and Hazel's story is one of my favorites, probably my favorite. And, I must add, I have never before cried so much in a single book, but I knew going into it that I would be crying like a baby.
Hazel is living on borrowed time, but she isn't really living. She doesn't have friends, at least not any that understand what she's going through, until she gives a boy with a gorgeous smile a chance. Augustus is a charming and worthy candidate of Hazel. Together they discover so much about themselves and the world around them. Augustus teaches Hazel how to go for things and together they live.
I love Augustus' attitude, he was always making me smile. I have so many favorite parts of this book and I feel like everyone should read it and find their own favorites, but I love Augustus. Everything about him makes me grin. He's an amazing amazing person and friend and I hope to one day know someone with his remarkable attitude and witty humor. He and Hazel have this way to talk to each other back and forth that is adorable banter. If for nothing read this book for that.
It's the kind of book that makes me want to get up and do something extremely meaningful with my life. I think it will make any reader reevaluate the things they love and those they take for granted. There is so much more to this story and all I want to say is READ IT, read all of John's work because frankly, what have you got to lose?
I Love, Love, Love it
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