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.
Whenever I read reviews for this book, they’re all about how wonderful Augustus Waters is. So I was trying to think to myself, how can I make this review different?
The answer? I can’t. Augustus is the reason I love this book so much, so if you don’t love him, just get out. You’re going to hate this review.
Augustus is everything good in this world. He’s gone through a lot of pain, that no one deserves, and he seems to have come out of it better than anyone could have expected. Just ask Isaac, who said he didn’t want to see a world without Augustus. Doesn’t that just prove what an amazing person he is? To him, everything is a metaphor, or something to be analysed and discussed, and that’s what makes him so interesting. He’s the kind of person you’d just love to sit down and talk to, because he doesn’t see the world the same way anyone else does. Maybe it’s because he’s a cancer survivor, but I think it’s part of his Gus-ness. I really don’t want to go on about him too much, but by re-reading this he’s made it into my top five bookish loves ever of all time.
No matter how much Hazel goes on about the cheesiness of saying “they were so brave”, I can’t help but say it. Augustus and Hazel were brave, despite everything telling them not to be. They loved each other, dammit, and nothing and no one was going to get in the way of that. Both of them love with everything they have in them, and I think that’s what
makes this book so wonderful. They don’t do anything half-heartedly. It’s hard knowing that the person you love is going to die and some point, and that you’ll never grow old together. These two, though, just made the most of the little time they had. I did feel like the book was a little rushed, but it makes sense. They had to rush through the relationship, because they never knew when it might be ripped away from them.
But all of this wouldn’t make the book a five-star read if it wasn’t written by John Green. The language he uses is what makes it really perfect. Shall we have a little quote appreciation thing? I think yes:
“My thoughts are stars I can’t fathom into constellations.”
“I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, then all at once.”
“The marks humans leave are too often scars.”
And so on, and so on. I could honestly just re-write the entire book for you here… John Green makes you think with what he writes; whether it’s about the inherent nature of humans, or the reason why scrambled eggs are considered only a breakfast food. I like a book that makes me think, even if it is done through a heartbreaking book like this.
The only other thing I want to talk about is the ending, but I know it’s only fair to let you read it and find out what happens for yourself. Let’s just say that I have no heart whatsoever, but this had me sobbing even the second time I read it. Worth the pain though, in my opinion.