Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Staff Review by Angela Pierpaoli:
"Sometimes you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together again unless and until all living humans read the book." - The Fault in Our Stars
Clinically depressed and terminally ill, sixteen-year-old Hazel is almost equally obsessed with "America's Next Top Model" and An Imperial Affliction, a book about a young girl with cancer that ends mid-sentence. Forced by her Mom, she drags her oxygen tank to a cancer support group whose motto is "Living Our Best Life Today". There she meets Augustus Waters, a boy with a prosthetic leg and an unlit cigarette between his teeth who calls her Hazel Grace.
Together, they search for meaning, fall in love, and redefine what it means to be okay. Hazel Grace declared "cancer books suck" -- but not this one. Then again, this tenderly beautiful but starkly realistic young adult novel is something altogether different.
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