Summary: The story follows Hazel who is portrayed as an indifferent girl diagnosed with Cancer, who prefers to watch life go by. She meets Augustus, who draws her into the real world. They begin learning about each other, and in doing so, explore themselves. Although Augustus ends up killed by a cancer recurrence, Hazel realizes that she will never truly lose him, as he will live on in her forever.
Why I picked it up: It was recommended to me by a trusted source.
Why I kept reading it: This book explores radical ideas, such as leaving as little of a “footprint” or legacy as possible. I was drawn in by these unorthodox themes and fell in love with the way John Green spun his words to create a seemingly simple plot that is truly an eye opener when delved into.
Who I would give it to next: I would recommend this book to anyone who is comfortable with drugs, and death. The book is otherwise appropriate for all ages.
Reviewed byNiyva V.
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.