Synopsis: 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.
Here’s the book trailer:
Book trailers are the latest advertising assault on potential readers. Would I read Green’s novel based on the book trailer? Maybe. Would I read it based on the synopsis? Absolutely. (I’d read it just because it’s John Green!) This trailer’s visual appeal is striking, but it doesn’t tell us anything about the story other than the LOVE story. I would’ve liked the girl to have an oxygen tank in the trailer, then she would’ve been more like Hazel in the book and not just a teenager in love.
I love the song choice.