I thought Green's Young Adult novel would be a fast read and I could get it
When I talk with students about books, I always tell them that, for me, if I wonder what the characters are doing without me, that's the sign of a good book. Not only did I wonder what Augustus and Hazel were doing--I wondered HOW they were doing, especially Hazel. She has cancer, you see. Although she's had a "tumor shrinking medical miracle", she's still terminal, and I worried about how she was feeling.
And who wouldn't love Augustus. The hot boy with one leg, who
And then there was Isaac. I loved Isaac too. I worried about his surgery and how he would cope. I loved the relationship he and Augustus had. The banter back and forth between them was so true to life. I hurt for him after his break-up (really--if you worry and think about a secondary character, it's a great book).
Simply, this is a beautifully written book. I started keeping track of the lines I loved, but finally quit writing them down. There were just too many. But I am going to share a couple because they keep resonating in my head (God, I wish I could write like this!)
- "As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once."
- "But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn't trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I am grateful."
This was one of those books where I couldn't decide if I wanted to read it fast, all in one sitting because I couldn't wait to find out what Hazel and Augustus were doing or if I should read it slow and savor it.
I loved the story. I loved the characters. I loved the writing.
I just plain loved this whole book.