Publisher/Year: Dutton Books/2012
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½
Who’s going to be in the movie?
Shailene Woodley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Descendants)
Ansel Elgort (Carrie)
Willem Dafoe (The Boondock Saints, Green Goblin from the first Spider-Man)
Laura Dern (Jurassic Park)
When can I watch it?
It hits theaters June 6. TOO LONG TO WAIT.
What’s it about?
Life and love and the unfairness of it all. Hazel (Woodley) is terminally ill with cancer and needs an oxygen tank to breathe, but she doesn’t let it get her down. She’s accepted her fate and is determined to live however much life she has left on her own terms. She’s settled into an antisocial, stay-at-home kind of life until she meets dreamboat Augustus “Gus” Waters (Elgort) at her Cancer Kids Support Group. Hazel is determined to not get close with Gus and instead continue living the life of a hermit in her little remaining time, but Gus has different plans.
What did you think?
So many feels. Just so many feels. It was like John Green reached inside my soul and molded my heart into anything he wanted like it was play-doh. He just has a way with words that hit home and his writing really makes you think. He’s written a lot of other popular books (Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns) and I’ve already added them to my reading list. John Green is so much fun (and heart-wrenching) to read, he also has a great video blog series on YouTube.
Anyway, back to the book.
I love Hazel’s blunt and sarcastic attitude. While she can be cynical, she’s mostly just a realist; she knows what life has dealt her and she’s not going to sugar coat it. Hazel doesn’t believe in placing hope in a hopeless situation and she accepts everything for what it is. Next to her wit, this is my favorite part about Hazel. Some people may see her attitude toward life and label her a Debbie Downer, but I think she’s wise to not put a happy spin on tragic scenarios. Hazel’s also funny, smart, brave, guarded and charming — she’s pretty much just the coolest girl ever.
The witty banter between Hazel and Gus alone is worth reading this book. They reject almost anything that’s standard or traditional and march to the beat of their own drum. They’re two truly unique individuals who make a perfect pair. Their love of the unorthodox is both refreshing and endearing. While their relationship is unconventional and flawed, it’s equally beautiful and perfect for them. Is it clear that I’m absolutely obsessed with them? Good.
Here’s the trailer and I’m a puddle of emotions. (Although if you haven’t read the book I would recommend not watching the trailer just yet, I always think trailers give away too much.)
Should I read it?
Yes! It’s pretty short and an easy read, you can finish it in no time. But keep in mind it’s YA and not the most dense or complex book out there, so if you can’t get off your high horse then trot away from this one. But if you’re a cool person, you can get a copy here or here.