Hardcover, 313 pgs.
Published Jan. 10th, 2012 by Dutton
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.
This is the first book of 2012 going on my favorites list. I'm always afraid to say I really loved a book so much it's on my favorites list because sometimes that wonderful feeling kind of fades and you later realize that it maybe wasn't quite as amazing as you thought. That favorites list has to be saved for the truly amazing books. And I rarely add books to it. But when I read this book I had no doubt in my mind that it belongs on that list. It truly is a special book that I doubt will ever fade from my memory.
This is a book that takes you on a roller coaster ride. It's full of amazing witty and hilarious characters. But these characters are dealing with so much. You know from the description that this is not just some happy go lucky book. Cancer is a tough and scary thing and there are many revelations to be had when facing life and death. There are very few books that have made me feel as much as this one. This book had me laughing hysterically and sobbing all in the same sentence. It truly was an epic ride and one of the best I've ever been on.
John Green is an expert in creating characters that really truly stand out. That are super smart and witty and full of some seriously awesome humor. And I've come to love quite a few of his characters. But in this book, this book they are more. These are my most favorite cast of characters yet. They stand far above the others in any of his books. They were truly perfect. And to be perfect they were of course flawed and real. But they were smart and witty and absolutely hilarious. They had to overcome so much and they had to find strength to deal with stuff that we all hope we never have to face.
I honestly could ramble on about the awesomeness in this book but there really are no words to really describe this book. It's just perfection and please go get a box of tissue and sit down and read this book now. I promise, you won't regret it!
10/5 stars! Okay, so I can only give 5, but this is a beyond 5 star book!