I am ashamed to say that this book was sitting on my to-read pile for months, having been told it was a tear jerking book, I couldn’t quite bring myself to read it.
However, I eventually worked up the courage and I am so glad I did. This is my book of the year without a doubt.
The books follows Hazel Lancaster, a teenage girl living with terminal cancer, following her diagnosis her life changed.
She now attends a Cancer Support Group somewhat reluctantly, her only friend in the group Isaac, a teenage boy with cancer in his eye.
However, one week everything changes when Isaac brings along his friend Augustus Waters, known as Gus. Immediately Hazel and Gus grow close and share their thoughts, including Hazel’s favourite book, An Imperial Affliction – which both Hazel and Gus can easily relate to.
However, the book ends suddenly and Hazel is desperate to know what happens to the characters. Henceforth, Gus and Hazel embark on a journey to Amsterdam to meet the author.
This trip allows Hazel and Gus to grow even closer with some shocking truths being revealed…
From the start of the book I thought Hazel was a brilliant character, as it is written in first person readers immediately grow close to the character and in my case, grow to care for her. (I don’t care if she is a “fictional character”). Gus was also instantly likeable, with his humour and quirkiness I often found myself laughing out loud. Both characters had real depth and showed unusual viewpoints, for example their ongoing jokes revolving around”cancer perks”.
John Green writes this book beautifully, his prose allows readers to truly visualise the scenes which further adds to the emotions felt during the book.
With an unexpected twist that with leave all in tears, this book is the most tear jerking and heart wrenching novel I have ever read, yet I would not hesitate to read it again.
TFIOS has secured it’s place upon my list of favourite book and the plot and characters will stay with me for a long time. It stands out from other books as it is so different, the characters seem so real and the plot line is so realistic coupled with beautiful prose this book will tug at your heartstrings.
Ultimately, I would recommend this book to all and encourage all to read John Green’s other books.
The film adaption is currently being filmed with a release date set for next year which I am awaiting with excitement, hopefully the film will live up to my expectations following the novel.
I cried and I’m sure you will too, so get your hankies ready…