Friday, July 6, 2012
Publisher: Dutton Books
Release Date: January 10th, 2012
Number of Pages: 318
How I got this book: Purchased signed copy from Wal-Mart
"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."
This review will be really hard for me to write...this is one of THOSE books...one that just left me floundering for words. It was just so beautifully written that I don't think that there is ANYTHING I can say that would adequately express just how wonderful this book is. This quote from the book, which is now one of my most favorite book quotes EVER, really expresses it quite nicely...
"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. And then there are books... which you can't tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like betrayal.”
This book touched me in so many, many ways. I went through so many emotions in this book...I was happy, sad, angry, devastated, everything. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to throw the book down, but then pick up the book and hug it...
Hazel Grace was not the most likeable female character in the world...she was a bit bitter, but then who wouldn't be in her position? But once Augustus Waters comes into her life, she definintely changes for the better. Sigh, and Augustus...he is so...sweet. And good. Which makes everything so much harder. But, I love him. Every girl needs an Augustus in their life.
I am not one who rereads books - but I do believe I will be rereading this one! For real - if you don't read anything else this year - READ THIS BOOK! And keep a tissue handy! Or two. Oh, who am I kidding, just keep the box :)