Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I put off reading this book for so long because of all the hype. I use to love books about cancer survivors or victims about five years ago but I’ve moved away from them. I guess I just moved away from books that tend to make me cry so I was a little scared to read this one because I knew at some point while reading I would cry.
The first thing I’m going to say about this book is that it was easy to read and keep up with but I never felt that I had to keep reading. I would read a little bit and be able to put it right back down and walk away. If a book is really holding my attention then this doesn’t happen. I’m not saying this was a bad book just not one that I was completely ever taken with.
I felt that the characters were good characters but I feel that Green made them talk in a way that normal teenagers just don’t. Sure they are dying and they have a different view point on life than I did when I was a teen but I still felt like they were speaking in a way that adults do. Heck some adults don’t even speak the way that Hazel and Gus did. I feel like I would really like certain scenes or witty responses but then be turned off by others. I felt that at times they were a good dynamic and at times they were not. I felt a lot of the book was either really working for me or really not when it came to important scenes in the book.
Overall, I feel that Green was trying to make a book that made too many stands on real life issues and cancer related things. He was trying a little too hard to have his characters speak his message about life, love, and loss. These are all big topics in life and I don’t feel that the characters should have to stand on a soap box to convey a message. I will give Green props though for knowing what a PET scan was and it was interesting to see my chosen field of nuclear medicine included in a book. I will also say that I read the last paragraph of this book many times because I loved the last passage of the book. I will also admit that the book made me cry just because it is hard to loss someone but overall the book just wasn’t entirely what I was expecting or looking for in a book.