“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”
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Hazel has cancer. I won’t sugar coat it and I won’t try and make it seem like she’s not going to die, because at the end we all die. No matter what, that’s life and every life ends, even if it isn’t by a disease. But this isn’t a cancer book, because cancer books suck! This is a book about life, love, and seeing things in a way that we cannot when we’re down or even up. At thirteen Hazel is diagnosed with stage IV thyroid cancer, she knows that she is going to die but doesn’t know when. She gave up trying to live a life of a normal 16 year old that is until she met Augustus Waters, 17, beautiful and full of life and also a cancer survivor of osteosarcoma. This book isn’t like your regular boy meets girl, they fall in love and live happily ever after book. No, this book is honest. Honest in the kind of way you don’t want it to be because you know that sometimes we don’t get a happily ever after. But if you’re lucky you can at least get moments of forever in the days that are counted. Augustus isn’t Prince Charming, he doesn’t have the power to make everything right but he gives Hazel love, the kind of love we all want to experience even if we know it won’t be forever. But then again what is time? Time is just a slut who screws everyone. The thing about pain is that it demands to be felt, we can’t avoid it or forget it. It’s always with us but we need it. Because without pain how would we know joy?
John Green did an amazing job with this story. It was funny and heart-warming. It was sad and honest. Simply put it was amazing. I do advice a box or five of tissues because you will cry, maybe for an hour or maybe like me who’s been crying for about 5 hours. Either way, read it.
5 perfect stars.
-Laters, xoxo O.