313 pages | Published 11 January 2012 by Penguin Australia
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.
Review – 5 STARS
Beautiful. Elegant. Brutally Honest. Absolutely fantabulously amazing.
I love John Green’s writing! I completely and utterly worship his literary genius! If you have not yet read any of his work, I implore you to please pick this one up! This book is an incredible read. It’s one of those books that gets inside you, curls itself around your heart and then stays there forever. I will never be able to forget the brilliance that is The Fault in Our Stars.
“That’s the thing about pain… It demands to be felt.”
In classic John Green style; this book is amusing, witty, and very thought-provoking. I loved every single moment of it. It’s about three young cancer patients who are willing to make fun of themselves, who are cynical yet optimistic and who are just trying to survive. They made me laugh out loud and cry for the crap hand they were dealt. I felt emotionally connected to every single character, from the cancer patients to their friends and family. Hell, I could even sympathise a little with that Amanda bitch. This book also brought up the issue of death and oblivion a lot. While this may seem depressing, I have actually never wanted to get out there and live my life to the fullest than after finishing it! It really got me thinking about what I believe and what I would do if I knew that I was dying. God, this book is just SO good.
I worry that a lot of people will be hesitant to read this because of its depressing contents. I too am a little bit guilty of this; I put this one off for a while because I was unsure about reading something that I knew would break my heart. And yes, it is depressing and you will probably cry but this is definitely a story worth reading. This story is flat out honest, it doesn’t sugar coat any of the issues. It has opened my mind to things that I never would have contemplated before; about life, love and death. I think this is a great story for anyone of any age.
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
All living humans – PLEASE READ THIS.