H is for Hazel

Hello, and welcome to Blogging A to Z 2017! Thanks for stopping by. Fellow A to Z-ers, please make sure to leave a link to your blog in the comments.

My theme this month is 26 of the Best Characters in Fiction.

IMG_8357The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, is one of my favorite books. It’s about two teens, Hazel and Augustus, who met in a cancer survivors’ support group. Hazel has been terminal with cancer for pretty much her entire life, and Augustus is in remission.

I loved the interaction between these two teens. Hazel comes alive off the pages; she’s a real girl, flawed and unsure, yet so witty and smart. Hazel and Augustus spend a lot of time discussing philosophy, and it rang true because they’ve both had intimate brushes with death. It’s a moving book, full of interesting concepts to discuss. I highlighted the text liberally.

I didn’t see the movie (yet), so I don’t know how it compares to the book. (I’m always behind on these things!). If books make you cry, this one probably will, but it’s worth it. It was the first John Green book I read, and it’s still my favorite.

Do you like books that make you cry? If you’ve read this one (or seen the movie), what did you think?

13 comments on “H is for Hazel

  1. It was also my first John Green and I still love it…and yes it made me bawl and loved every damn minute of it. 🙂 The movie was well done in my opinion.

  2. lissa says:

    Augustus aka Gus is more of my favorite rather Hazel, Hazel is a nice girl but she is not as interesting as Gus, in fact, I would have preferred the book to be about Gus, shame the ending. I haven’t seen the movie but I heard they changed the ending to something happier.

    have a lovely day.

    • doreeweller says:

      I was torn between writing about Hazel or Gus, to be honest with you. That kind of makes me not want to see the movie; I hate when they change major plot points.

  3. I loved the book (great characterization and writing style), but have not yet seen the movie.

  4. Hi, I could not watch the movie, maybe reading the book would be something I could do. The philosophical discussions would be interesting to read. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Great topic!

    I love this book and the movie. I cried a lot during the movie and only a little reading the book, but I think that is because I watched the movie first so I was more numb to the story/topic when I read the book.

  6. messymimi says:

    This book had me wishing it didn’t have to end.

  7. nikisthoughts says:

    This book made me cry so much!

  8. scr4pl80 says:

    My daughter loves reading these kinds of books but I have trouble with them.
    K is for Kihncert

  9. Pikakshi says:

    Oh I read this book alright! Cried like a baby. Hazel was amazing, but equally so was Augustus. I loved him. He just stole my breath away every time he said Hazel Grace. This was my second John Green book. In fact I am going to talk about him in my Y post for the A to Z challenge.. My first book was Looking for Alaska. Beautiful in its own way!!

    Haven’t seen the movie though, just because the book made me cry so much, I couldn’t anymore.

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