The Fault in our Stars - John Green
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.
*May contain spoilers*
I honestly don't even know where to begin with this review. I finished the book an hour ago and it's still turning around in my head. Why, why, why has it taken me until now to read it? Why haven't I read John Green's books before? He is such a beautiful and emotional writers and I just feel so completely drained after reading that book. I didn't cry, that much I will admit, although I came very close on several occasions. I think the fact that I began that book at 6pm yesterday and finished it by 10am this morning; this included hours in the library without the book and sleeping time. I devoured it and just had to know what was going to happen to the characters.
“That's the thing about pain...it demands to be felt.”
"I'm a grenade and at some point I'm going to blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties, okay?”
“You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful.”