|My Rating: 5/5 Stars
My first YA book and I fell in love with it so quickly. In general I love happy endings, I crave them and consider them necessary to make me completely happy about a book. Well, read TFIOS and you will change your mind. A book can deliver the same message even when you find another type of ending.
The story line is very simple: Hazel, a 16 year old girl with cancer, is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she meets Augustus Waters, a former basketball player who has fallen victim to cancer as well. Because of this, he is left without his leg, wearing only a prosthetic. Hazel and Augustus clicked immediately, mostly due to their passion for books. They agree to read each other’s favorite books and talk about them after that.
Augustus gives Hazel “The Price of Dawn” and Hazel recommends “An Imperial Affliction”, a novel written by Peter Van Houten about a cancer-stricken girl named Anna. Hazel connects with the character from her book and relates to the story. Soon they start on a journey to Amsterdam, in quest for the writer of Hazel’s favorite book. Here they confess their love to one another and a beautiful but short love story begins.
What I loved so much about this book was its ability of putting simple words together and delivering such a strong message.
The things that you learn from this books are endless in depth and many tears will be shed.
Please read this book with your heart and try to understand and appreciate what you have. In the beginning,I was kind of mad at the writer for making such a sad book, but after that I realized that he had to get his message through, to prove a point, and maybe a happy outcome was not the right way of making it happen.
My vision of happy endings changes once reading this book, because I understood their necessity and I wanted to learn from them as much as I could. Although not all of us realize it, being healthy is such a blessing and ables you to enjoy all that life offers. Hazel and Gus were an example of taking chances, even when all the odds were against them,but managed to have their little infinity for a short period of time. Discovering the right person, even if it’s too late, can give you the same satisfaction as in having her all your life. Live that moment and love intensely every day, as if there is no tomorrow.