Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters both have cancer. They meet in support group in the Literal Heart of Jesus Christ.
The story that ensues is probably one of the best you'll ever read. Ever.
(I know that's not really a recap - but seriously, how else can you recap a book like this one?)
John Green has managed to write a book about kids dying with cancer that still caused me to laugh out loud enough times that my husband started shooting weird looks at me across the room. But I couldn't feel offended by the weird looks because (a) some of those lines were seriously hilarious and (b) Hazel and Gus's love made me so very nostalgic for the days that we spent falling love. And so very thankful for all of the days we have left to stay that way.
If you have already read The Fault in Our Stars, you will understand why I strongly considered ending this review with the third sentence of the Recap. If you have not yet read The Fault in Our Stars, you have no doubt heard mountains and mountains of hype about it. And you're thinking, "There is no way this book could ever live up to my expectations." Guess what. You are right. It will surpass them.
Yes, people will die in this book. And they will break your own heart a little bit, even though you see it coming. But Hazel and Gus and Isaac and Hazel's parents and even Peter Van Houton will also make you so very thankful for this world we live in and the people we get to share it with. And not because this book is full of "Encouragements" - because it's not (only Gus's house is). These characters will remind you with sarcasm and sincerity and weird literary allusions that "You are going to live a good and long life filled with great and terrible moments that you cannot even imagine yet!" Thank you. Amen.
Just read it. All of you. And then pass it on.
"You can't know, sweetie, because you've never had a baby become a brilliant young reader with a side interest in horrible television shows, but the joy you bring us is so much greater than the sadness we feel about your illness." - Hazel's Dad
"You are so busy being you that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are." - Augustus
"For a moment he said nothing. 'You do know how to shut me up, Hazel Grace.'
'It's my privilege and my responsibility,' I answered." - Hazel and Gus
"Oh, I wouldn't mind Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you." - Augustus