Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, 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.
My Thoughts: I am not going to do a long in-depth review of this book because I think I am one of the last people on Earth to have read/reviewed this book. I bought it when it first came out and have just postponed reading it all year. I have never read a John Green book before but I must say that this is one of the best books I have read in a LONG time. The writing is excellent and Hazel and Augustus are two of the best characters in YA. They are smart, sarcastic and not the normal obnoxious teenagers you see in a cancer/coming of age book (I am thinking of the Lurlene McDaniel books I read in Jr. High). I wish things could have gone differently for the characters because I liked them so much but the story really was perfect. I honestly do not think I have cried so much at a book before. I was very thankful that my husband wasn't home when I was finishing this up as I was a complete mess. If there are still people who haven't read this book, go do it now. You won't be sorry! 5 stars.