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Monday, June 18, 2012

Recommend A... #1

Hosted by Shanyn @ Chick Loves Lit

Recommend A... is another wonderful way to recommend books to other readers. All you have to do is recommend a book that fits the prompt. There will be a new prompt every week.

This week's prompt:
Recommend a book that made you emotional.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Dutton Books, January 2012

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

John Green set this novel up so well. You really grow to be the characters without even realizing it. This was my first Green book, and it made me want to read his other work (which I did).

All I can say about what made me emotional, in order to not ruin the book for those who haven't read it, is that teenagers in books go through a lot of things they shouldn't have to. It isn't fair, but yet, c'est la vie.


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