'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 the first John Green book I have read, mainly because I hadn't heard of him before and because I kept seeing looads of pictures on Tumblr of it in a very vintage esc way, so I thought it was about time to see what all the fuss was about. I have read it twice now because you know when you get that feeling of finishing a book and you just feel like you read it too fast but you know it was good, you just want to absorb it even more? yes, no? well that's what happened. I liked it on the first read then fell in love with it on the second.
I thought that this book reminded me of 'My Sisters Keeper'. If the film just focused on Kate and Taylor and their relationship. Did anyone else get that feeling? (that's if you've read this book and seen the film)
Now of course I fell in love with Augustus waters. I think every girl thats read this book has, so I don't have to feel too silly about it. I can't really explain what I love about his character, its just.. hmm.. he's witty and funny and the way he just loves Hazel and lets her hijack his Wish. OK I'll say it, I think he's pretty much perfect.
I loved Hazel's character as well and the way she spoke, I thought she was witty and funny also, so I always liked reading when Hazel and Augustus was talking to each other. I really liked this back and fourth between Hazel and Augustus near the end of the book...
''I can only hope,'' Julie said, turning back to Gus, '' they grow into the kind and thoughtful, intelligent young man you've become.''
I resisted the urge to audibly gag. ''He's not that smart.'' I said to Julie.
''She's right. it's just that most really good-looking people are stupid so I exceed expectations.''
''Right, its primarily his hotness,'' I said.
''It can be sort of blinding,'' he said.
''It actually did blind our friend Issac,'' I said.
''Terrible tragedy, that. But can I help my own deadly beauty?''
''It is my burden, this beautiful face.''
''Not to mention your hot body.''
''Seriously, don't even get me started on my hot bod. You don't want to see me naked..seeing my naked body actually took Hazel's breath away,'' he said, nodding towards the oxygen tank.
AND this exchange (their parents are in this bit as well, and yes this is actually how its written)...
My dad: ''Emily, this risotto...''
My mom: ''it's just delicious.''
Gus's mom: ''Oh, thanks. I'd be happy to give you the recipe.''
Gus, swallowing a bite: ''You know, the primary taste I'm getting is not-Orangee.''
Me: ''Good observation, Gus. This food, while delicious, does not taste like Oranjee.''
My mom: ''Hazel.''
Gus: ''It tastes like...''
Gus: ''Yes, precisely. It tastes like food, excellently prepared. But it does not taste, how do I put this delicately...?''
Me: ''It does not taste like God himself cooked heaven into a series of five dishes which were then served to you accompanied by several luminous balls of fermented, bubbly plasma while actual and literal flower petals floated down all around your canal-side dinner table.''
Gus: ''Nicely Phrased.''
Gus's father: ''Our children are weird.''
My dad: ''Nicely phrased.''
Hmm wasn't that just nice to read. I really want to be part of conversations like these, I think I need to be more witty though. The two places in the book that convinced me to fall in love with it, is when Hazel is sitting in her back garden with the swing set and Augustus comes over and helps her deal with it, ( not giving too much away! you're going to have to read it) that might be a bit of weird scene for me to really like, but for some reason, by just having Augustus there and talking about it made made me go all fuzzy inside.
And of course, I think this scene chokes everybody up, near the end when Hazel, Issac and Augustus are in the 'literal heart of Jesus' and reading out their speeches. It choked me up more the second time I read it.
Overall in my opinion I think this book is beautifully written and I urge everyone to go out and buy a copy. I give it a 5/5!! What I really took from this book though is, I need to find myself an Augustus Waters pronto!
Signing out, Kim! xxx