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.
After all I’ve been told about the book, and from the summary alone, I was anticipating a sob-fest. What I got was a witty, well-written love story of two cancer patients that tugged at my heartstrings. My first foray into John Green’s work did not disappoint in the least.
The characters were real, well-developed and absolutely enchanting. Hazel’s brainy dry wit was a delight to read from the first page.
“Whenever you read a cancer booklet or website or whatever, they always list depression among the side effects of cancer. But, in fact, depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying. (Cancer is also a side-effect of dying. Almost everything is really.)”
Augustus Waters comes across as the perfect guy. At first. But as Hazel and the reader gets to know him, the more he becomes real and so easy to fall in love with.
Don’t let the potential sad cause you to miss out on this book. It’s well worth the read.
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