Inspirational. Moving. Heartstring pulling. Those are only a few words I use to summarize this amazing and heartfelt book. This was the first book by John Green I’ve read. I decided to check out this book because of Allison, or amarixe on Youtube. This is about a girl with stage IV cancer and a boy named Augustus. The girl is named Hazel, who in the beginning is introduced as a homebody. Her parents want her to get out of the house and live a little so she goes to a Cancer Support Group. She is usually bored, but that day she is interested in this cute boy. As they go around the circle telling their names, type of cancer, how’re they’re doing, etc. Once it got for him to speak, he states “Augustus Waters”. It turns out he is a friend of Isaac, the only other interesting thing about Cancer Support Group and Hazel’s acquaintance. Once the support group is over, Augustus and Hazel talk to each other. Augustus talks her into watching a movie at his house. This is the main beginning where she really explores, and enjoys living. After their hangout is over they start talking about books, and Hazel tells him about her favourite book, An Imperial Affection. He seems bored by the title, but agrees to read it anyways. He reads it and he loves it. The book really starts their whole relationship, and is a HUGE part of the story. They are known for saying “Okay.” “Okay.” To each other, almost as a promise to each other. This has a very surprising ending, but it is a real tear jerker. I really wish that An Imperial Affliction was a real book! I think one of the moments that stood out to me, was when they first started saying Okay to each other. I know that doesn’t make sense right now, but if you read the book, it will! I also really liked when Hazel was wearing a shirt with a drawing on a pipe on it, and it saying “ce n’est pas une pipe”, which means “this is not a pipe”, because it was a drawing of a pipe. I liked it because it was funny for it to be a loophole (almost), and I really wish I was like Hazel, because she sees life in a different way than normal people do. So, do me a favor, and please go check this book out! You won’t regret it!
I have rated this book 4.5 stars out of 5 on the Lauren’s Awesomeness Scale.