“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book."
Warning: You will cry when you read this book.
Hazel is a sixteen year old terminally ill cancer suffer, who has to carry an oxygen tank everywhere she goes, she is depressed, she is dying. Hazel meets Augustus Walters at her cancer support group, he is charming, handsome and has lost his leg due to cancer. Augustus or 'Gus' wants to make a lasting impression in life, he wants to be heroic.
This is not a book about cancer, the fact that these characters have cancer is just a small part of who they are, its a book about life shown with brutal honesty that only those that know how precious time is can give.
I absolutely loved this book even if it made me an emotional wreck, I cried continuously through the final few chapters and longer after it finished.
Hazel and Gus relationship is played out beautifully, she is scared of getting to close to him because she doesn't want to leave any more casualties behind after she dies. Hazel was my favourite character from this book, she was realistic about her life, she'd come close to dying before and she knew that she wouldn't get a miracle, nothing was going to save her from the cancer that was ravaging her body. She was strong and funny and above all else she was relatable. Even though at the beginning Gus seemed arrogant and head-strong he was far from it, his favourite book was a retelling of his favourite video game, he was funny and smart and would move heaven and hell just to make Hazel smile.
I don't want to talk about how amazing John Greens writing is, you'll know that yourself from the first chapter. He sucks you in and doesn't let go. He creates a world that should be dark and depressing but instead is filled with laughter and happiness. Its a beautiful story that's both heart-warming and heartbreaking and the characters will stay with you long after you finish reading.