Author: John Green
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Publisher: Speak (Penguin)
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
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.
“Look, let me just say it: He was hot. A nonhot boy stares at you relentlessly and it is, at best, awkward and, at worst, a form of assault. But a hot boy . . . well.” ~ Hazel Grace Lancaster
“And I wondered if hurdlers ever thought, you know, 'This would go faster if we just got rid of the hurdles.” ~ Augustus Waters
“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.” ~ Hazel Grace Lancaster
“You realize that trying to keep your distance from me will not lessen my affection for you. All efforts to save me from you will fail.” ~ Augustus Waters
“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” ~ Augustus Waters
My DD is finally reading #TFiOS. I called out, "Howya doing?" She answered with a chuckle, "CRYING!" I TOTALLY understand. @realjohngreen
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) August 7, 2013