Hazel Grace Lancaster is a girl with terminal cancer. Her life consists of carrying around a tank of oxygen, reading An Imperial Affliction and watching multiple reruns of America’s Next Top Model. When she is diagnosed with depression, she is told to attend a cancer support group, one located under a church, literally in the heart of Jesus.
Augustus Waters is a boy who had cancer, which resulted in the lower half of his leg being amputated. His life consists of chewing cigarette ends, terrible driving and helping his best friend Isaac through surgery that will result in Isaacs becoming blind. When his best friend asks him to attend a support group with him, he agrees, and finds himself located under a church, literally in the heart of Jesus.
Gus and Hazel have plenty in common, and soon find themselves amidst a world of friendship, love and reality. When Gus gives up his Genies’ wish in order to travel to Amsterdam and meet the author of their favorite book, an Imperial Affliction, Hazel begins to realize and understand just how much Augustus Waters means to her. And she to him.
Without a doubt, one of the most amazing books I have read in a long time. Again, this was a book I read through recommendation, and I’d heard a lot about John Green too, and it didn’t disappoint. This was one of the first novels I ever teared up in, and I read it in under a day. It’s a book I will one day force my children to read because I view it as a modern classic.
I even managed to get one of my best friends, someone who had never read before this, to read it. And she loved it. Hazel and Gus are characters you immediately fall in love with and John Green has a fantastic style of writing that makes you laugh, cry and smile, sometimes at the same time. It thoroughly deserves the #1 fictional book rating from Times and I cannot sing it enough praises.