A number 1 New York Times bestseller from John Green, the author with the mainline into the teenage zeitgeist. Green injects humour and heartbreak right into the reader’s jugular with this authentic take on teens living “in the Republic of Cancervania”.
Sixteen year old Hazel, who’s known she has terminal cancer since her diagnosis, is used to all the side-effects of her disease – social and physiological. One of the social side-effects she doesn’t look forward to is the Cancer Kids Support Group, where her well-meaning mother takes her to “make friends”. Social takes a turn for the better though, when Augustus Waters shows up, complete with an irreverent and witty attitude to the same ‘cancer perks’ that irritate Hazel. Gus, who’s already lost a leg to cancer, may be a dropkick driver, but he’s drop-dead gorgeous, and Hazel is hooked.
A shared need to maximise their time together, to live life to the full, and ask all the big questions, make Augustus and Hazel the most believable of all 21st century Romeo and Juliets, and John Green a ‘must-read’ author.
Review by Linda M
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