Author: John Green
Publication Date: January 10, 2012
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.My Review: No, I didn't just now read this, I read it in January but I figured I should maybe do a pretty quick review since two or three people have asked me my thoughts on the book.
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.
First, the characters. The characters were amazing. I loved Hazel for so many reasons and in many different ways. Just because she had to lug around an oxygen tank, she didn't let that slow her down. Augustus was amazing also. He was super sweet and didn't treat anyone any different no matter what had happened to them whether it be cancer or something else.
Now, I am going to skip going over the plot because well, you probably already know. My overall thoughts on the novel were OMG really dude really? This was a very heart touching story that I feel everyone should read. This was my first John Green novel and I cannot wait to read more. If you want, please tell me in the comments, what is your favorite John Green novel?