Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never beenanything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Hazel has cancer, but she wouldn’t want you to trouble yourselves with it. In her opinion she was fine, watching America’s Next Top Model and reading all day. Not going to school because, being pulled out of education is a side affect of cancer- and (alas) a symptom of dying. That’s when her Mum puts her foot down, and insists on her cynical sixteen year old going to a kids with cancer support group. Long dull meetings about fighting and winning and living and being grateful for what little they have. Well that’s until she met Augustus Waters at the group, they become friends quickly and when Hazel shares with him her favourite book, ’An Imperial Affliction’ it will lead them on a journey which will change everything.
This book is something to be treasured and kept close to the heart. It holds messages which we could all use in life, nothing lasts for ever and love is everything. John Green’s use of language is something that makes him so appealing, the correct use of the word ‘literally’ and the effortless comedy in the book is faultless. The characters have such personality and the quirks of their personality are so amazing you would think they were real people who John met one day and wrote a book about. For example Augustus holding an unlit cigarette in his mouth as a metaphor of power. It remaining unlit means you aren’t giving the killing thing the power to kill. Also I adore how the whole book is based on a book, and even more amazingly (to my disappointment) the book the plot is based on doesn’t actually exist anywhere else but in Mr Green’s head. I now long for ‘An Imperial Affliction’ to exist because I would love Hazel’s whole-hearted devotion to the book and the way it shapes her thoughts. I think the use of this fictional book in this fictional novel is a clever way of John Green slotting in thoughts and morals without it twisting the original plot. One of such quotes (which I can use regularly in a morbid fashion) is: “That’s the thing about pain- it demands to be felt.” Much praise for a fantastic book.
Cover: The cover is a bright blue colour with a handwritten title in a black cloud shape, the authors name in a similar style in a white cloud and references to John Green’s literary success faded in the back ground.