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 comp...moreI 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!)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This is a decent start to a series. As much as I enjoy reading Amanda Hocking's books there are little things that annoy me about her writing, which w...moreThis is a decent start to a series. As much as I enjoy reading Amanda Hocking's books there are little things that annoy me about her writing, which were definitely in this book, though I think she's getting better at it. (The use of the word 'foxy' for one, drives me nuts!)
Gemma was getting on my nerves a bit throughout the story. She seems to have a pretty close relationship to those around her, so the constant hem-hawing and not wanting to share the information was getting a bit old and overused in my opinion. Harper needs to expand her horizons and live a little, that was getting on my nerves a bit too. Overall though, it is a story idea that is new and fresh and I really liked that. The lack of vampires or werewolves or any of the other common supernatural beings I've seen so much of lately is refreshing. I'll for sure be finishing the series.(less)