Published by Penguin Pages: 180
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
So, you’re thinking if I only gave it three stars and my blogging mojo is shit right now, how come I’m up at 3:07 a.m. blogging about the damn book? Good question.
Let’s start with my overall first impressions. Like Monika (I’m not sure if she’s said this publicly, but I’m outing her), I went into this novel with fairly low expectations. Why? Let’s make a quick list: 1. I’m generally bored of YA. 2. This book has been hyped to the heavens and back for years now. 3. Romance and feely-feel novels generally aren’t part of my wheelhouse.
So, I came, I read, and found that it was better than I expected, it was compelling enough to read in a single day, the writing was strong, and it had a good story. So why the three stars? Well. For one, while it was all those things that I just listed it didn’t really blow me away or make me feel all the feels. There was no misting up for me and while I enjoyed the ‘twist’ there just wasn’t enough ‘wow-factor’ to make this anything other than a well-written story for me.
But I just woke up, I was dreaming about this book. Despite having been wrapped up in Lev Grossman’s Magicians trilogy (those books just keep getting better) for at least a week, at least six to seven hundred pages behind me, this is the book my brain chose to dream about – why? I don’t know, (I’m not a damn psychologist) but it makes me feel like there might be something more to this book. What that is, I really can’t say at this moment – but I’ll let you know if anything other than a coughing fit in the middle of the night and the name ‘Augustus’ in my brain wake me up.
Yes, I also realize this is less of a review and more of the ramblings of a crazy person at three a.m.
So, what about you Reader? Do you ever have books you didn’t think make much of an impression on you at the time come and haunt you later? What about books that may not be intended to be haunting? On second thought, did you find The Fault in Our Stars to be a haunting novel?