It’s been a while since I read a good book. It seems I’m always buying them, but to really sit down and read them page by page… that doesn’t always happen.
My friend LaDawn reads all the time and is in TWO book clubs. She always has great recommendations, and I’ve recently captured an ENTIRE list of books that she suggests I read.
I got started pretty quickly with this book that caught my eye last time I was at Barnes and Noble. As soon as I started reading it, I seemed to see it around every corner and in conversations with mixed groups.
By John Green
This book was a incredibly fast read for me. The book opens with the main character introducing herself as a teenager with cancer.
Wow, a teenager with cancer. I can’t even imagine how hard it would be to go through life as a young person with such a horrible disease, but Hazel shows us what it’s like in full disclosure. While her cancer is not active, she is in terrible shape and her lungs have been wounded significantly. Her breathing is assisted with an oxygen tank and she seems to long for the day her parents aren’t fussing over her…
Something amazing happens when Hazel meets Augustus, a fellow cancer survivor.
One thing I should mention is that the book is a Young Adult book. A very mature Young Adult book, if you ask me… but I think it has a huge following as a result for that age group. If you Google images associated with the book, you’ll find lots of pics like the one above. Super cute!
I’m sure you’ve guessed it by now… but Augustus and Hazel fall in love – - that wonderful, sweet, young love that they make movies out of. And throughout the novel, you end up following in love with the two of them as well.
I went into this book knowing that it was about two cancer kids. It couldn’t be that easy. It couldn’t just be the story about two cancer kids that find each other and live happily ever after. It didn’t disappoint, and it took me on many a twist and unexpected turn.
In the end, I’d definitely recommend this book. The characters reminded me in a way of Juno.
I won’t even try to say that the characters are as funny as June-bug and Paulie, but they’re witty and smart teenagers much like the two in the movie (minus the pregnancy.)
Grab some tissues, and read this book. You won’t be disappointed.
Have you read “The Fault in Our Stars”?