by John Green
Suggested Ages: 13+
Dutton Books (Penguin Books)
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Description: 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
The Good Stuff
- Damn you Green, you kept me up till 1:30 am and my eyes were still bloodshot in the morning from crying
- Realistic teens and I know its very hard to believe for a YA book but the parents are not assholes -- I know so very rare
- Brilliant dark humour thrown in exactly where it is needed
- If you don't love these characters there is something seriously wrong with you
- Tough read as a Mom - cannot even imagine watching my child die
- Hazel is tough and funny and caring and well quite frankly someone to admire
- Hopeful - I know that sounds weird, but there is just something hopeful and reaffirming about the whole story
- Never saccharine or unrealistic
- Hate writing reviews for books I loved because I feel like I cannot express the right words to convey their brilliance
- Will be buying the rest of Green's books with my next paycheck
- Even the secondary characters are well developed
- Could not put it down - even-though I knew someone might not make it and it deals with kids suffering and have hard time reading that sort of story
- Everything just flows perfectly
The Not So Good Stuff
- Did I mention how red my eyes were when I woke up the next day
" I hated hurting him. Most of the time I could forget about it, but the inexorable truth is this. They might be glad to have me around, but I was the alpha and omega of my parent's suffering."
"That's why I like you. Do you realize how rare it is to come across a hot girl who creates an adjectival version of the word pedophile? You are so busy being you that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are?"
"Our city has a rich history, even though many tourists are only wanting to see the Red Light District" He paused. "Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin."
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
- This one is pretty much for everyone. There is a sex scene but it is tasteful - just an FYI in terms of audience
- Tough read for parents especially those whose children have had/have cancer
I received a copy of this at the Children's Breakfast at BEA 2012