Published by Dutton Children's Books on January 10th 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.
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.
I've loved everything I have read by John Green. I was interested to see what would come of this novel, especially as he was writing from a female perspective for once.
Oh the wit in this book. I was dying with laughter the whole time. I book-talked this one for my masters class and I read aloud the part where Hazel first meets Augustus and I had the whole class laughing with me. John Green blends such a horrible tale of defying death once only to be at its door again with laughter and love. There were so many moments in the book that I went "aww" and so many moments when I was crying and then laughing.
The moment I cried most was when Hazel is leaving the house and she turns and says good bye to her father and realizes how he must think that this or any other time she's left could be the last time he sees her. Just kills me. I really can't describe this book, because John has used all the words in the book already. Go out and read this one, you won't be disappointed.
Final Verdict: I know this book has gotten a little bit of criticism and a lot of praise. I loved this book. The ending felt how it would truly feel and I believe this is a book that everyone should read.