Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton/Penguin Teen
Release: January 10, 2012
Review: 5 Stars
Since it was released, my friends have been telling me to read this book. About how fantastic it is. How beautiful, wonderful, and amazing it is. Let me tell you, they weren't wrong. I read this book back in December, but haven't written a review up to this point because ALL THE FEELS! I was spoiled before I read the book, which resulted in a steady stream of tears the entire time I was reading it. I picked it up when I saw my local indie had a signed copy, and after a couple days/weeks, I started reading it. I swear, I flew through that thing in a few hours straight, it was SO good!
For the 1% of you that haven't read TFIOS, the main character is Hazel Grace Lancaster. She is a cancer patient. Her disease has been nothing but a death sentence since the day she was diagnosed. Fun, right? :) BUT, Hazel is one-of-a-kind. She faces this disease head-on, with humor, love, and a smile. She always has something to say, and she thinks some fairly deep thoughts. I really liked Hazel as a protagonist, and loved reading her story.
The male protagonist was Augustus Waters. That perfect boy that every girl dreams of? Yeah, that's him. Augustus is witty, thoughtful, and often, outright hilarious. He's also a cancer patient, but has been in remission for many months. Augustus has learned that, when faced with your own mortality, all you can do is live each day to its fullest. Augustus wants to leave his mark on the world, and that's something that I admire.
I cried and cried and cried and cried while reading this book. As in, there was a non-stop river of tears running down my cheeks. The book lived up to every expectation I've been given and then some. Also, it's very quotable, as one of my friends has proved by quoting it at us 24/7. Some of the best quotes are definitely "That's the thing about pain, it demands to be felt." and "Some infinities are bigger than other infinities." Just think about it, there's an infinity between one and two, but there's a bigger infinity between one and three. It kinda makes my brain hurt. Also, whenever someone says "Okay. Okay." I get very near tears. There is no doubt in my mind that I loved this book, and I give it a full five stars!
P.S. If you haven't watched the trailer yet for the TFIOS movie, here it is! (Also, what are you doing with your life if you haven't watched it?!?!)
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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
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