Summary: Hazel Lancaster, the narrator, is a sixteen year old terminal cancer patient. Since her diagnosis at only thirteen, she’s been pulled out of school. More recently, she was additionally diagnosed with clinical depression, and was subsequently forced by worried parents into attending a Christian support group for cancer patients like herself. One day at support group, she meets Augustus Waters, a healed cancer patient who came with their mutual friend, Isaac. Each want to date the other, but Hazel refuses to for Augustus’ sake, knowing that her days are numbered.
Why I picked it up: I’ve watched the YouTube channel the author uses with his brother Hank, vlogbrothers, for years, and have always liked his books.
Why I kept reading it: Initially, It wasn’t as exciting as most books I like, but one day I found myself done with the book at one in the morning, after a couple attempts to put it down. The book uses strong imagery and plays with your feelings.
Who I would give it to next: I was reading the book for an assignment, although I probably would’ve read it anyway, and my teacher asked to read it after I gave her a good review of it. In general, it’s nice if you need a good plot twist. I recommend it to people who are okay with a tear or two, and have a taste in books that border on Romantic Comedy.
Reviewed by Celine W.