How do I put my feelings for John Greens newest piece of work into words? The answer being, with great difficulty.
John, being known for his books staring nerdy teenage boys trying to get the girl of their dreams, really took a step out of his comfort zone for this one, but it was written so beautifully, that one couldn’t tell the difference. He brought a new depth in his characters that I haven’t seen from him since the one and only Alaska Young, the only difference was that I actually liked heroine this time.
I found that Hazel was just an all around likeable person, just with a little bit of a temper, not much, but a bit. She was the character that was old for her age, like the cancer made her older than her age, or at least put her life into a better perspective. She had a dream, and she did what had to do to accomplish that.
As for Augustus, I don’t think you could have asked for a more perfect character. He had the wit, the intellect, the deepness that wasn’t so deep that you never really knew what he was saying. And above all these, he was still a teenager, all he wanted to do was play video games with his best friend and read books based off of the games. Not only could you not ask for a better character, but I don’t think any of us could even dream him up.
The story all together was flawless. John knew how touchy the subject of cancer and death is to most, and to certain individuals, and he did a great job of having the book as a light-hearted read, but with a deep and solemn undertone. He kept the right amount of humour in, keeping your attention, and drawing you away from the fact that these are teenagers that are seriously ill, and letting you know that they are still teenagers, they both want and have lives outside of the cancer. As he put it, cancer “is just a side effect”.
If you haven’t read the novel yet, please go out and do so.
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