This book has already received a ton of press and accolades, so tossing mine into the mix might seem a little unnecessary (ahem). But that's why I chose this book as May's Book Club selection - I'm guessing you've read it, and I want to hear what you thought of it. What made you laugh/cry/get angry? Did it bring up any emotions that you weren't expecting?
For anyone who's not read the book, the gist of it is this: Hazel and Augustus are teens who meet in a cancer support group. They explore together what it means to live and love within the confines of terminal illness. The kids have a level of self-awareness and articulation reminiscent of Dawson's Creek (for those of us who grew up on that show), without the angst that so often bogs down Young Adult novels. And yet, it's not completely without the oh-so-familiar heightened sense of emotion that comes along with being a teenage (with cancer or without).
One of the most poignant parts of the story, for me, revolved around a secondary storyline between a mutual friend of August and Hazel's - another teen who is dealt the cruel blow of blindness and being dumped by his first love. Wrenching.
Like like, this story isn't without humor, and the characters are incredibly engaging - they're the type who crawl into your chest and live there while you experience their stories. I sat up late one night finishing the book, my husband asleep in bed beside me, and I ugly-cried my way through the last chapter. Not wanting to finish it, I slowly flipped through the last few pages and then my Nook and felt completely shattered. Reading The Fault in Our Stars was emotional, but it was an emotionally satisfying experience through and through.
Hazel + Augustus 4 Ever: inspired look
Rolled Denim Cuffed Capri Jeans
Embroidered Graphic Top
Red Laceup Canvas Sneakers
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream
Philosophy Amazing Grace spray fragrance mini