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.
I bought this book on the recommendation of a bookseller at my local book shop, she told me that this book would be one of the best books I would read this year and there would be little that would compare to it. I went home and decided to read this book next and see if what she was saying was true and I was not left disappointed, this book literally blowed me away, in fact it has taken me two weeks to write this review as I wanted to be able to do the book justice and did not know how I was going to put into words how this book left me feeling.
I read this book in just under two hours, I could not put it down until I had found out what was going to happen to the characters.
John Green has written a book that will take the reader on a rollercoaster of emotions and I can certainly see why the bookseller who recommended me the book was so passionate about this novel.
The last couple of chapters of this book left me a mess, I cried for at least 45 minutes much to the amusement of my family. I cried for the loss of characters and I cried cause the prose used throughout this book was so beautiful that I was sad that the story had come to an end. I do not think that I have ever cried so much when reading a book before. This is a rare book that I feel literally broke my heart.
Overall a highly emotional book that I highly recommend that everyone reads this year. I am certain that this book will be on my favourite books of 2012 post at the end of the year.