It was two years ago when I last listened to this book. It was my first John Green. It was the Fourth Of July. I was on the back of a motorcycle with my ear-buds in and tears streaming down my face… ~Sheila
16-year-old Hazel Grace has stage three cancer. She is depressed and has little to do with anyone besides her parents and a couple of friends. When encouraged to go to a support group for other kids with cancer, Hazel meets Augustus Waters, the once adorable basketball hero who has lost a leg to cancer and is now in remission. The two quickly form a friendship, drawn to each others quick wit and the way they look at the hand they have been dealt in life.
As the two teens get to know each other Hazel shares that her favorite novel of all time is a book called Imperial Afflictions, a book that has left her with questions she has always wished she knew. She has written the author who lives in Amsterdam several times but has never heard back from him. When Augustus asks Hazel is she has used her make-a-wish yet, Hazel says she has.
“Please, please tell me it wasn’t on Disney World.” Augustus groans.
Hazel remains silent,
“Oh no! You didn’t!!!! Disney World? Really? It is so cliché!”
Hazel shrugs… “I was 13”
Turns out though, Augustus has not used his wish.
Why did I choose to listen to this book again? If you have to ask…. clearly you have never read or listened to this book. 🙂 John Green writes a powerful story of two young people with cancer brought together by circumstance but soon it gowns into something more.
This story is written so beautifully you just fall into it and I listened to the 7 hour audio in one day during the recent on-line read-a-thon. It is beautifully narrated by Kate Rudd. And while yes it is a book about two kids with cancer, it is also very witty, very funny, very passionate…. as a reader you do not drown in sorrow, instead you embrace the lives of these two amazing people.
A quote from the book:
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
That’s the way I feel about this book. If you have not read it… READ IT. If you have read it…. READ IT AGAIN. The movie is coming out this year… I can not wait!
Fun fact about author John Green: After announcing he would sign all 150,000 copies of this title’s first print run, it shot to the top of Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s best-seller lists six months before publication.