No, no, no….I just reached the last page of the book…IT CAN’T BE OVER!!! I actually cried over this book like literally cried over it…I haven’t really cried over a book in aaaaages and this one…this one is just A MASTERPIECE…
John Green you have worked me into a massive big mess and okay I will pull myself together to write this but you know, I’m still in an emotional state about it…
If you have not read the book then please go grab a copy or steal it from a friend who owns a copy or somehow get ahold of it because it is truly just amazing. I am whole-heartedly recommending this to you and please just trust me on this…It’s worth it…
This review does indeed contain SPOILERS so if you do not wish to be spoiled then please just read the darn book and come back :))
Hazel – loved, loved, loved Hazel’s perspective on life and the way the world worked. The fact she was such a realistic and vibrant main character made the connection one had to the book stronger. Just the way she acted and thought and created these images about the world around her makes you start to question your own perspective of life and generally what happens to someone after they’re gone.
Augustus – okay he’s just…just..amazing. The way he connects with the people he is with and his relationship with Isaac and Hazel, I mean how can that not get to anybody? He just cares so much about “leaving a scar” on this earth and to have people remember him. It makes you wonder about things like death and who will remember you after you’re gone and the fact he ended up being the one who dies…I thought it was going to be Hazel, I was so prepared for it but the fact it was Augustus made the whole book much more realistic in my opinion.
Isaac – At first I didn’t quite like his character but after the whole storyline with Monica and the operation and the connection he shared with Hazel and Augustus, I can’t imagine the story without him. I loved the little jokes he shared and the video games he played and just the way he was. I thought Monica sort of deserved the egg-incident to be honest.
Van Houten – Maybe it’s just me but I sort of loved this character. I just felt this need to make sure he was okay and the fact such an amazing mind could end up so…lost only further turns this story into a more realistic light. We never do find out what happened to the characters in his story such as, thank you again for that John Green, we never find out what happens to Hazel and the rest of the characters. But I feel that Van Houten really shows that you can either choose to destroy yourself and close yourself off from the world and stay away from people or you can learn to fight and hopefully, he can write that sequel everybody is waiting for.
Okay, okay, where do I start? Maybe the usage of the word ‘Okay’ wasn’t appropriate…it still feels like it was their word just like ‘Always’ was Monica and Isaacs’s. To be perfectly honest when I started reading the book…it didn’t really interest me. I’ve read countless books based on people with illnesses and are on the brink of death and yet time after time the writer seems to loose the thread of the story and confuses fantasy with real-life. The fact Augustus dies and the fact Isaac looses his sight and the disappointment Hazel feels when she finds out her role model is a complete douche-bag are all realistic ideas and pretty much hit the spot in the train of life. The fact John Green doesn’t make this a typical story where everything goes exactly the way we want it to and everything doesn’t end up all happily ever after only makes this book much more real to whomever reads it…I feel like I could just sit here writing all these thoughts that he was provoked in my head about life and the reason we are all here and the mark we may leave behind when we’re gone and yet by then people will probably get bored and stop reading…
Characters – 9 points
Plot – 10 points
Originality – 9 points
Language/Style – 9.5 points
So overall this is a 37.5/40 rated book and has just gone into my top favorite book list…even if you haven’t read the book and just read all these spoilers I included and everything just please I URGE you to read this book. It really does change your perspective on life and everything we do in it.
Favorite Part: “She had this dark cancer water dripping out of her chest. Eyes closed. Intubated. But her hand was still her hand, still warm and the nails painted this almost black dark blue and I just held her hand and tried to imagine the world without us and for about one second I was a good enough person to hope she died so she would never know that I was going, too. But then I wanted more time so we could fall in love. I got my wish, I suppose. I left my scar.”