While getting back to reviewing, I am going to start with one of my favorite books of the year. It was a very touching story, and that is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
Here is a summary from goodreads:
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 did a spectacular job with this novel, in particular the development of the characters. They were so unique and they were honest and raw.
I hadn't cried from a book since... I think maybe Sisterhood Everlasting because of Lena and Kostos, but this book had me bawling. I stayed up late reading it, (another sign that is was fantastic) and was crying like a baby in the middle of the night. Tissues in hand.
I think it is one of the best books I've ever read and it really made a special impact on me.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. Now go buy it, or borrow it. Just read it and see for yourself.