Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013, 8:35 am
Who knew a book about a kid with cancer could be so funny, wonderful and brilliant? This was-- hands down-- the best book I've read all year!
Hazel Lancaster is 17 and terminal. And while she has accepted that her life is nearly over, she will be the first to admit how much it sucks. Her closest friend is, technically, her oxygen tank, and her social life consists mostly of regular cancer support group meetings with a rotating cast of Cancer Kids. Hazel is sick of talking about cancer all the time; she wants to live while she can.
Enter Augustus Waters. Cool, smart and a cancer survivor. He and Hazel immediately connect over movies, books and mutual cancer-having. Hazel lends Augustus her favorite book, one she considers a great work of literature that she has read dozens of times. Like many book lovers, Hazel is incredibly frustrated with the ending of the book because it doesn't reveal what happens to all the characters (most importantly, Sisyphus the hamster). Despite several letters to the author, she has never received a response. After she gets Augustus hooked on the story, the two embark on a quest for answers.
This was my first experience reading a book by celebrated author John Green, and it's now safe to say I'm a big fan. He made me feel all the feels. There are moments in this book where you should expect to experience joy, loss, confusion, frustration and you might even find yourself laughing out loud at times. I even found myself viewing cancer in a whole new way.
Hazel and Augustus live a love story that is spectacular to behold. It's filled with all the excitement of first love, wisdom that defies age and a deep understanding that time is fleeting.