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.
While I thought this was an ok story, I really don’t think it lives up to the hype and frenzy that spread across the BB world upon it’s initial release. And while I haven’t seen the movie, the person claiming it to be the greatest love story ever told needs to be smacked. Though I found myself identifying with Hazel on account of her chronic illness, I could not get with nor stand by these so called intellectual characters.
When I was reading this book, I couldn’t help but feel like I was in the middle of a Dawson’s Creek marathon. Teenagers trying to sound so smart and intellectual and continuously using and misusing twelve dollar words. I don’t know any teens that think and talk like these characters, and was put off by the fact that many of the main characters think and sound just like each other. The same banter, same snark, even the way they thought (in parentheses) was the same. Even the illustrious author Peter Van Houten was just a meaner version of Hazel, Isaac, and Augustus.
Overall I was disappointed. I can only chalk that up to having such high expectations of this book before reading it. Just because a book addresses such a hard and touchy subject, does not automatically qualify it as brilliance. This was just alright.
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