A Novel by John Green
Storyline: 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.
This is a good book, but I wouldn’t say it was fantastic.. This book is definitely overhyped. This is the second time I’ve read this book, The first time I read it was when it first came out. I couldn’t grasp the emotions well enough to really understand this book fully, so i had found it a bit awkward. I still do sort of, the characters in the book seem almost robotic and both seem WAY beyond their years which is weird because no teenagers I know have ever talked so linguistically as they do. don’t get me wrong I love John Green, He’s a fantastic writer, I just don’t think he captured the ‘teenager’ aspect of these characters properly.
Then I saw the movie and I liked it way better than the book – GASP!! – the movie made the story feel more real and human.. Which I liked. But back to the book, I don’t like how ‘fun’ – fun isn’t the right word but you get what I mean. right? – they make cancer sound like a big adventure, and it seems to try to kind of romanticize it.. But it’s really not!! My grandma was diagnosed with Breast Cancer Exactly two years ago in October and let me tell you. She’s always tired, always sore, she wouldn’t (even if she was younger) want to travel at this time! Heck even getting dressed takes her breath away for awhile. It’s not whimsical. And it seems that they leave that part of it out of the book – yea they complain that her lungs hurt and they make a few other references to the pain she’s in a few other times but he didn’t really make it sound BELIEVABLE.
It was an okay read but I just didn’t attach to it, I didn’t even cry – which is what everyone else did apparently – I would probably recommend this book, but it definitely wouldn’t be on the top of my recommendation list.
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