My rating: 5/5
*EDIT* I had so many things to say that I actually forgot to talk about how incredible it is that John Green can write and think like a girl so well. Since most authors usually do better in writing as their own gender, it really surprised me that John Green could narrate as Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters in such an authentic way. It’s so cool that he can relate to girls like girls can- I mean, in some parts it actually feels like I’m hearing myself talk!
To be honest I was terribly reluctant to pick up this book in the first place, despite all the amazing things I’ve heard about John Green. This is probably because there has been so much written about the topic of cancer, so many movies made (The Bucket List anyone?), that it has been literally done to death. But this is probably the first book written that was sad and meaningful enough whilst on the topic of cancer, funny enough to keep me interested, but not depressing enough to make me cry (or maybe I’m secretly a little like Chandler Bing and I can’t cry because I have a tin heart). But yeah, that’s probably the best thing about this book.
Now I’m not going to launch into an essay on how well John Green can write, because even though it’s my first book by him, it’s pretty evident from all the insane John Green tagging going around the blogosphere. What I will say though, is that you really don’t get many 4.54 star ratings on Goodreads (if you look at the 5 stars, the last stars is only like, missing two legs!), and there is not much I can say without totally spoiling the book but it is a really really really really SERIOUSLY I-will-read-this-to-my-kids-in-like, 40 years kind of spectacular.
Y’know, I wish this was in the exam curriculum because it would be so, SO, much better than Romeo and Juliet. (No offense, Mr. Shakespeare, but I’d totally switch Romeo for Augustus Waters ANY DAY) But then I think I would probably just rip through it and not bother with any annotations whatsoever…
If there is ever a Top Ten Tuesdays on favorite characters, Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace are definitely up for the hit list. They are so perfect together (but not like insta-love perfect, thank god), and at the same time they’re not. (I can’t really tell you why without spoiling it, but for those of you who are afraid you will bawl your eyes all the way through, it’s not too bad, Hazel and Gus are so very weird and hilarious so they totally makes up for all the insane moments of overwhelming distress)
By the time I finally flipped that despicable last page (my copy is such a scam, the last few pages were either blank or acknowledgements. Unless John Green revels in our despair, I think I’m actually missing pages from the ending, because those kinds of heartbreak are way too unhealthy) I felt like I had lived and died with Hazel and Gus, and I think a part of them will stick to me.
But really, I think this book is so amazing it deserves its own tag in the blogosphere.
The only thing I highly suggest John Green to rethink is the blurb, because that really threw me off (it sounds horribly bland) and is SO misleading because the book is NOT IN THE LEAST WAY like that.
I guess you don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you get to choose who hurts you.
(people who have read it you’ll know what I’m referring to)
I’m glad I chose this book to break my heart.
It was downright worth it.
The Permanent Monday
P.S. If you have already heard all of your friends obsess over this but did not feel the need to experience the extreme moments of deepness that John Green likes to write (and the absurdity to want to read something that makes you cry the equivalent to the icebergs melting) i’ll tell you what you need to do.