Genre: Realistic Fiction
# of Pages: 318
RAC Book: Yes
Augustus “Gus” and Hazel meet at a Cancer support group. Hazel has thyroid cancer that forces her to use oxygen 24/7 and despite a new miracle drug, has always been given a short life expectancy. She has adjusted to her relatively simple life, but that changes when she meets Gus, who lost a leg to Cancer, but has been Cancer free ever since. They begin talking and exchanging favorite books. Gus makes a huge gesture for Hazel so that a dream of hers can come true. It isn’t until afterward that Hazel realizes how much he really gave to give her that experience. As these two begin to fall in love they cannot help but wonder how long they really have and what they should do to make every day count.
This story is well-written and engaging. Hazel and Gus’s story will resonate with young readers because of their sheer honesty and willingness to never give up. The issues they have to deal with seem so heavy compared with other love stories, but it comes across as uplifting and life affirming instead of depressing. Highly recommended.