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.
Page 3: ROFL, this is hilarious! Pfft, I can't believe people would say this is sad.
Page 30: Ok, things are getting deeper.
Page 100: I think we all know where this is going.
Page 150: Hmm...seems okay so far. Some emotional wreckage, but nothing too serious.
Page 230: I hate all life. And this isn't fair. Why why why why???
Page 250: Oh, God.
I could go on. But I figure that is enough of crying gifs.
There were many moments where I was laughing/crying at the same time...in school. It was horrid, guys.
My list of good things:
- Let's LOL together. Like I have mentioned above, this is out laugh out funny. No joke. To name a quote:
“I told Augustus the broad outline of my miracle: diagnosed with Stage IV
-Totally emotional. This is an emotional roller-coaster, if you're into that thing. Which I definitely am.
-Beautiful writing. Every page I devoured, thanks to the writing( and perhaps 20 different other things.)
-Quotable. This goes along with the beautiful writing, but this book is totally quotable. I usually never notice these types of things. I noticed in this book. I just wanted to highlight 3/4 of this book.
-Does not sugar-coat things. This is reality, this book. It holds true meaning throughout it. Green obviously doesn't hold back, when it comes to these things...maybe that is why it is very emotional.
-Amazing characters. This helps make this book hilarious. I mean, the characters are mostly hilarious throughout, and they also were a huge part why I enjoyed this book so.
-Very re-readable. You guys. Usually, after I finish a book, I'm like, never gonna read this again. Not this book. In fact, I plan on re-reading it right about...now, maybe?
My list of bad things:
-Obvious plot line. I have to admit that from page one, I knew how it ended. It still didn't lessen the blow. Also, it didn't ruin the book for me, which is pretty surprising.
-Too sad. This doesn't apply to me, since things are never too sad( unless you kill off all the people I like.). Perhaps, though, you despise every sad book...yeah, not for you.
-Very John Green-like-Ok, I'm judging majorly off of reviews. But I couldn't think of any other bad things. Don't judge me.
All in all, this book was truly amazing. And though I have heard it is like a very typical cancer book, I don't care. Because of the writing, because of the characters, because of the sadness that will linger within my heart forever...I do not know. Probably all those things together is what did it for me. I had average expectations for this book because it seemed like a contemporary, but it seriously did soar over my expectations. Way, way over.
My favorite quote, just because I can:
“People will say it's sad that she leaves a lesser scar, that fewer remember her, that she was loved deeply but not widely. But it's not sad, Van Houten. It's triumphant. It's heroic. Isn't that the real heroism?”
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