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.
Pages: 313 (hardback)
Publisher: Published January 10th 2012 by Dutton Books (first published January 2012)
Rating: 10 out of 10
Source: Checked out of the library
Date Completed: September 17, 2013
When The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was picked as the October selection for book club, I was worried that I would not be able to finish it on time as there was a long wait list at the library. Once I got the book and started reading, I was hooked and could not read fast enough. The book blew me away with the sadness, sweetness and humor that came from almost every chapter. The premise of the story is incredibly sad and sets you up for an intense emotional ride, but seeing Hazel (the main character) deal with teenage things like idiolizing writers and dealing with the complications of having a crush makes you forget some of the sad stuff. I felt gutted as I read some of the hard adult things she was dealing with like dying, death, and worrying about her loved ones.
In addition to Hazel, I also loved her mom. There is one scene in particular which pretty much ripped my heart out which involves a discussion of what makes you a parent. As I was reading this book, I kept wishing for a way to hide my tears better in public. << If anyone has suggestions or ideas on that, I would love them.
I am reading this book for the following challenge: What's in a Name Five: for the category of something you would find in the sky.