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Author; John Green
I just reread this book, because when I read it the first time, I was younger and didn’t take as much meaning in as I did. So now I understand it and I like it better. Also, sorry this review is so short. But the biggest part isn’t at the end, but more towards the middle. I really don’t want to give it away…
It opens with depression. A 16 year old girl named Hazel Grace has a terminal form of thyroid cancer in her lungs. She has to lug around an oxygen concentrator (named Phillip) to help her breathe. Her mother doesn’t have a job. Outside the house. Her full-time job is hovering around Hazel and encouraging her to get out of the house. Her mother tells her go to a Support Group at the church, and Hazel goes, without knowing her life is about to change.
When she gets there, a handsome boy stares at her. Hazel talks to him after the Support Group is over and she finds out he was staring at her because (and I quote), “Because you’re beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence.” *reader swoons at this point*
They eventually become good friends, although Augustus keeps hinting that he’s in love with Hazel. Later, Hazel makes Gus (Augustus) read her all-time favorite book, An Imperial Affliction which she has read dozens of times. It is about a sick girl, who is narrating the story, and the story literally ends in the middle of a sentence. All Hazel wants to do is meet Peter Van Houten, who moved to Amsterdam after he finished the boo, and make him tell hen organization that gives one wish to every kid with cancer). He takes Hazel to Amsterdam and has her meet Peter Van Houten.
Unfortunately, he’s not at all what she thought he was. His assistant apologizes over and over again, but it’s not enough to mask the hate Peter feels for the world and Hazel and Augustus. Eventually, they leave and go back to the hotel room together.
During the Amsterdam trip, Augustus lets out some terrible news. What is it? Is something wrong with him? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
I like this book okay. I mean, I like John Green and his originality, but I just didn’t love this book beyond all existence. I liked it because it really pulls at your emotions. Love, hate, and (most of all) sadness. Amazing roller coaster.
I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.
Sexual Content; sexual reference to Augustus and Hazel in the hotel room
Violence Content; none
Drug/Alcohol Content; alcohol reference to Peter Van Houten