Let me start by saying that this book was marketed as a teen novel, but it is so much more than that......
Hazel is dying. She has terminal cancer. She has accepted this fact, and is living life one day at a time.
"Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quiet a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death. "
This is the first line of this moving book.
Hazel's doctors recommend she attends a weekly support group and it is here she is introduced to Augustus, and her fragile life starts to change.
John Green has written an honest and genuine account of what it is like to be a child with cancer and how it looks from inside the heads of these amazing characters, who's personalities jump off the page.
The parents of the Hazel and Augustus are supporting roles but are no less important to the story, as these children, are who they are, because of who reared them.
Unlike similar style novels, this book skims over the regular hospital admissions and drug intakes and procedures but not to the extent that is deemed irrelevant. The reader is constantly aware of the daily struggle Hazel and her mother have to endure but also of their acceptance of the inevitable.
Myself and two of my daughters read this book and we are all in agreement that it was just, simply, a wonderful book and can be read by both teens and adults alike.