Hazel is terminal. She’s known it since she was diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at age 13. Now at age 16, thanks to a miracle tumor-shrinking drug, she’s given some time to live a private, quiet life, but knows there are still fewer days ahead than behind. The last thing she expects is to fall deeply, irrevocably in love. When seriously handsome, intelligent, bold Augustus Waters appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s simple life takes a whole new direction.
Prepare for some gushing because this book is amazing. The Fault in Our Stars by best-selling author John Green touched me in a way few books do because it is so honest in its depth. It reminded me of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, only in the way both books made me feel – the stories are nothing alike. I felt like I was reading quiet, but daring and irreverent genius.
The story is so real and achieves that elusive goal of speaking about life, death, reality and love in a way that is meaningful instead of pretentious. The emotions and situations are raw and right. Green’s prose provides so many tiny moments of wonder to create a wholly touching experience. I cried.
A new favorite and a must read.
Content note: A few cases of mild swearing and one F-word, brief sexual references, one off-screen (not described, but know it happens) sex scene between the two teenage main characters and serious themes of cancer and death of teenagers.
To buy the book from an independent bookstore, CLICK HERE.
To buy the book from Amazon, CLICK HERE.