Published by Dutton Juvenile on January 10, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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 I Thought…
- Oh My God. I don’t even know where to begin! I’ve had this book for a long while, but I put it off because I knew it would make me cry. (Seriously, kids with cancer? How could I not cry?) I should have just sucked it up and read because it is so good.
- I didn’t just cry, I bawled. Almost uncontrollably. (Again, kids + cancer = crying, every time).
- Despite all the crying that went on the book has some really funny moments and one liners. And there are a million quotes you could pull from this book.
- “If you want me to be a teenager, don’t send me to Support Group. Buy me a fake ID so I can go to clubs, drink vodka, and take pot.”
- Hazel was pretty awesome. She had some definite opinions and unique viewpoints on everything. I loved how she came across and how she defined things (she was a “Professional Sick Person”). She was cautious with her parents but also stood up to them when it was necessary. She tried so hard to be nice and kind to everyone.
- Augustus was my absolute favorite. The way he talked to Hazel, sorry, Hazel Grace, the things he did for her. The way he just jumped into her life. They way their relationship developed. How he always tried to make everything better for her.
- Hazel’s parents made me tear up a lot. Their struggles and decisions, just everything. They were careful of everything that Hazel does, but also made some tough decisions to let her make her own.
- “There is only one things in this world shittier than biting it from cancer when you’re sixteen, and that’s having a kid who bites it from cancer.”
- No review would be complete without mentioning Isaac. Isaac goes through so much and Hazel and Augustus are at his side for most of it.
- I was so involved in this book that I didn’t even think, at all, about what might happen to Hazel and Augustus. It’s that engrossing!
I think this is one of the best books I’ve read this year… maybe ever. You should read it. Really. Don’t put it off like I did.
I will be attending the John Green breakfast at BEA in two days!!!! I am so excited!!!! I can’t hardly wait!!!!