Relationships in high school can be complicated – they can be especially complicated when you meet your boyfriend at your cancer support group. To make her mom happy, Hazel attends the weekly support group, watching people come and go, and sometimes permanently go. She keeps herself closed off, making snarky comments if she contributes at all, until the day Augustus arrives to support his friend. Of course Augustus isn’t there just to support a friend, he had cancer too, that robbed him of his leg. This is the world that John Green brings us in to in The Fault in Our Stars.
Hazel still tries to protect herself when she first meets Augustus. She is quite debilitated from her cancer – her lungs can’t keep up with her, and she needs to be on oxygen. She also lives very aware of her disease, and the fragility of life. But teenagers being teenagers, even those wise beyond their years thanks to living under the shadow of disease, love finds a way.
This is such a beautiful book about the importance of love and living life to the fullest. I really loved it – but just a word of warning – have the tissues handy.
— OK so the past two reviews have been books that are also about to be movies starring Shailene Woodley. Seriously, I can’t wait to see both. In the meantime, check out the movie previews for Divergent (opening March 21) and The Fault in Our Stars (opening in June).