My goal is to read 100 books by the end of 2013. I just finished book 22.
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Summary (copied from Goodreads):
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, 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.
The relationship between Hazel and Augustus was achingly vulnerable and the story developed very naturally (there was no manufactured or manipulated emotion). Even though I cried as I read the last 25% of the book, I was also smiling and grateful for these beautifully written characters. Despite the tears and the subject matter, I wouldn't classify this as a "sad book"; the overwhelming feeling I was left with after I closed this book was hope.
Quote from the Book:
"Some infinities are bigger than other infinities."