Hello Dear Readers! I’m so excited that I FINALLY have some time off to work on this blog!
I really should have tried to marry rich so that I don’t have to work so hard 😉 I have, fortunately, still found some time in my day to read! So I come to you now with another review! Now I’ve been hearing so much about this book! Even my friends that don’t like to read, blasphemous I know, have said this book is all sorts of fantastic and being the avid reader that I am I just couldn’t go another day without reading it so I bought it and just devoured it! So let me just cut to the chase and get on with the review!
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
My First Thoughts:
Like I previously stated I’ve hearing lots of good things about this book for months now and really I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to get to it but I finally did! I was really hoping that it lived up to all this hype that it was getting and I was also nervous because it’s no secret that the main character has cancer and I’m the type of reader that loves happy endings and I wasn’t so sure that this book was going to have one. Sidenote: I really use books to escape my reality and go on adventures and basically live vicariously through the characters so when things go bad I’m not a happy camper. But even though I was nervous/skeptical I still went ahead and read the book.
Post-Reading Thoughts (SUPER SPOILERS!):
It definitely lived up to all the hype! I honestly have not stopped talking about this book since I finished reading it! It’s one of those books that just touches your heart and I admit that I cried. YES, I CRIED! And really once you read this book you will understand why and then you will cry too. Don’t get me wrong it’s not a sad book, yes it has sad moments but the book in its entirety isn’t sad. It teaches you about life and love and just embracing the small things in life. Even though I cried I’m still ridiculously glad I read this book because when the book ended I wasn’t sad. I was introspective perhaps but that’s because Green does a great job of making the characters get under your skin in a way that you want every character to do. Days after reading it I was still thinking about Hazel and Augustus (Gus).
Some reviews I read prior to reading it stated that Hazel and Gus don’t talk like “normal” teenagers, although really every teenager speaks differently so I’m not sure what they meant by normal. And to that I say thank God they don’t talk like “normal” teenagers because if you were diagnosed with cancer and were fully expected to die I imagine that you grow up a little faster than us normal folk. The same goes for Gus, he lost his leg to his cancer and had to completely change his life because of it so they are in way,shape, or form normal.
I also love that not everyone comes out of this story alive. While I won’t say who dies it just causes an emotional response which I live for in books; causing an emotional response from readers is something that I think every author should strive for.
This book is about the struggles of living with cancer and how the people around them are forever changed. It’s about the heartbreak that comes with it and how they recover and move on after it’s all said and done. I truly can’t imagine what any cancer patient goes through and I can’t say for sure that this book accurately portrayed it but I do know that this book will be with me forever and that I’ll probably read it over and over again just so that it can remind me how beautiful life can be, even in sad times.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars (duh!) 😀
I hope that you had a wonderful long weekend and I’ll hopefully be able to work on the blog before the weekend!
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero