Wow, I don’t really know where to begin or how to even articulate how good this book is.
The story centers around a young girl named Hazel, she is suffering from terminal cancer. Hazel meets a boy named Augustus, he also has cancer. The connection between these two main characters is wonderful, the banter and jokes that spread between them make you as the reader want to be part of the friendship. They grasp the meaning of death and are yet still fearful of it, they know they will eventually die but then so does everyone.
The issues that John Green explores in this novel are difficult, yet he brings such an understanding to them, he doesn’t undermine the frailty of life by glossing over the difficult times and he shines a whole new light on the human condition. He hasn’t written a story to please the audience or give you the ending you want, death is death and it takes from whoever and wherever it feels like.
This book is so gripping, so real and raw. I laughed, I cried and I smiled with joy at the pure beauty of John Green’s writing. After watching his Youtube videos for years and having many people recommend this book to me I finally understand what all the hype is about – it truly is a beautiful book.
This will definitely have a permanent home on my bookshelf and I plan on sharing it with as many people as possible!