I took the advice of all the other Cannonballers on here and picked up this lovely little novel. It was a quick read but one that managed to accomplish a lot. The characters were complex and sweet and the relationships were heartbreaking and real.
I won’t spend much time rehashing the plot since there have already been so many reviews. Hazel is a cancer patient whose lung cancer has gone into retreat, though she must tug around an oxygen tank at all times and her cancer threatens to come back at any moment. She attends a support group for other cancer kids where she meets the handsome Augustus, a charismatic guy with bone cancer in full remission. The book follows their relationship through friendship and the bloom of first love. At the same time, Hazel is obsessed with a book about a young woman with cancer and she uses the novel like a security blanket. Together, she and Augustus embark on a journey to meet the reclusive author of the book.
I have to say I didn’t love this book as much as the other Cannonballers, though I did enjoy it. The relationship that spoke to me the most was actually that of Hazel with her mother. Hazel knows that her cancer will eventually kill her. She struggles the get her mother to say “WHEN you die” as opposed to “IF you die” and worries so much about her mother’s identity after she’s gone. Their relationship was honest and real and heartbreaking. Overall, this book was a good read, and I could see it being great for young adults.