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“That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.’
I honestly did not pick this book up until I saw the movie previews and decided I must read it before I watched. What a shame it would have been if I had never read this book. I also went into this book completely blind. I did not read any reviews or any plot scenarios. The only thing that I knew was that it was about a girl who has cancer and falls in love with a boy. I felt that this worked to my advantage as I had no expectation of what was going to happen. I only had the pure pleasure of feeling all of the raw emotions this book brings.
I will not do a plot summary, as pretty much everyone knows what this story is about at this point. I also never do spoilers, and this book has some pretty big plot twists. The relationship between Hazel and Augustus is beautiful, and beautifully written. It develops quickly, and I imagine that as someone who feels that they are living on borrowed time, there is no need to waste any.
”I fell in love the way you fall asleep, slowly and then all at once”
Sure they speak like they are wise beyond their years, but Hazel and Augustus have been forced to deal with some pretty adult issues. Yes, this book will make you cry, but I also found myself laughing a whole lot. Their humor was believable and appropriate. This is how people deal with hard things in life, with anger, sadness and humor. I felt all of these things right along with them. There is always a point in book when you fall in love with it and for me it was in the attic. That is all I will say for those who have not read it, but for me that was the moment I decided that I no longer liked the book but I did in fact absolutely love it. It will absolutely break your heart, but that does not mean you can’t or should not love this book.
Normally I would not recommend a drink pairing with a YA book, but I do have to recommend a glass of Dom Perignon. (For those who have read you will know why!) 5 stars and bottle of Dom! Enjoy!