I'll be honest, I wasn't really sure what to think of this when I first purchased it. I only really got it because it was the Nook book of the day, anI'll be honest, I wasn't really sure what to think of this when I first purchased it. I only really got it because it was the Nook book of the day, and it looked decent. It was confusing at times, and at others it was heartbreaking. There was a lot of back and forth, and quite a few characters to keep track of, but overall, it was a pretty good book.
The ending bothered me, I feel like I understand what happened, but I'm still not sure, and have gone back to reread it 2 or 3 times now, just because I can't stop thinking about it, so that's a good thing I guess....more
I generally just pull up goodreads on my phone, choose a vague star amount that goes with how I felt about the book, and leave it at that. I felt compI generally just pull up goodreads on my phone, choose a vague star amount that goes with how I felt about the book, and leave it at that. I felt compelled, however, to actually get on my computer and leave a review about this book. When I first loaded it onto my nook the only knowledge I had from the book was that it was based in Indianapolis, which is where I am from. I enjoy reading books or seeing movies from my home town, and since it so rarely happens, I had to find out what this book was and read it.
When I first met Hazel I almost put the book down to be forgotten. A book about cancer? I had sad endings, and surely that is what this book would bring me. "It's from Indianapolis, though, remember that" I told myself. I hadn't seen references yet, so I figured I'd go until the first one I noticed and then I would decide whether to finish. Once I met Gus, however, that vanished.
(view spoiler)[ A seemingly healthy (much healthier than Hazel at the very least) boy who falls in love with a "time is limited, wrought with cancer" is something to be admired. Their story is told in such a beautiful, life fully lived way that it was so hard to put the book down. While I visited with my aunt I thought of Hazel Grace and Gus, while I made my husband dinner I thought about Peter Van Houten, how their trip would be and what would come of Sisyphus the hamster, and what about that Dutch Tulip Man? After he went to bed I stayed awake and finished the book.
I didn't cry as much as I had anticipated, even though the story did hit a bit close to home for me, but that is not to say I did not cry! The story was so beautiful, it contained so many twists that it kept me wanting to go on, and even after I finished it, I lay in bed thinking of the characters. Wishing I knew more, wishing that I could meet them. Their love story was one of the greatest I've ever read. Knowing what their ending would look like, they didn't shy away, they didn't give up parts of their lives simply because of the sickness. They pushed on, they kept fighting... but not so much as to be heros. They did what they had to do to be together.
I have been wondering all night what happened to Hazel. After the conversation she has with her parents towards the end of the book I wonder if she leaves soon after Gus. I am glad that he covered that conversation, though, because I would have felt true unease if he hadn't shown us all that her parents would have been ok.
Needless to say, this book was amazing, it touched me in a way books rarely do these days, and I will absolutely read it again. (Knowing full well, just as Gus did, what I am getting myself into every single time!)...more