One thing is certain, any synopsis I've read of this book doesn't do the book justice. If you're thinking of reading it don't be mislead by the summaries. There is so much more to it than "two cancer patients falling in love".
This book is so important to me. It inspired me to think in a different way and probably changed my life unlike any other book ever will. When I first read it in early 2012, it reminded me as to why I loved reading so much. After listening to John speak so much about Esther, and how he desperately he wanted to write a book about a children's hospital, it just made this book even more special and wonderful.
Looking at the reviews of this book and even listening to others talk about this book, nearly all everybody says is,I CRIED SO MUCH IT WAS SO SAD. (This is a spoiler because I generally believe being told a book is sad makes me less likely to be upset as I'm mentally prepared for something MASSIVE.)
But, I don't know, I think there's so much more to the book than that. The reason this book is so special to me is because it inspired so many ideas in my head. It reassured so many doubtful thoughts I've had. It brought out all the emotions I have. It helped me realise that I should be more appreciative of my own life.
I felt such a connection with the characters, especially Augustus. I mean, I'm definitely no dark, handsome amputee, with a crooked smile, but as the book progressed and Augustus' vulnerability became apparent, I felt a deep-rooted connection with him. I think it's partly because we share the same hopes and ideas.
Yeah I'm finding it hard to write a review that does this book justice but I just really, really love it.