February Wrap Up… Goals for March?

Remember that time that I had all of these goals that I was going to accomplish in February? Well, I failed, and Failure is a part of life. 

My first goal was to save all of my tips from my job, and I managed to save EVERY PENNY except, maybe 15 dollars, and ended up with around $300. That’s not much, but It’s a start. The next goal was to put $20 from each paycheck into a separate bank account, and I did that, along with my tips. Those were the only two goals that I actually completed. I did not clean my room, I posted one youtube video a week, and only about 3 blog posts. I also didn’t get a second job, But I did however talk to my boss about giving me a raise, which will help.

I was incredibly sick this month, with the weather and working and everything. I typically work 26 – 28 hours a week, all over the course of three days a week. I also have a deviated septum, which causes me to have a cold or a sinus infection 50 weeks out of the year, so this month was super bad for me, to the point where I was throwing up at least once a week from post-nasal drip. Being sick, coupled with the shitty Pennsylvania weather, I could not walk anywhere and find a new job. These are all stupid excuses and none of you care, so I’m just going to be better.

I did finish Delirium, which I already posted the review on. I started Insurgent, and got farther into Starters, not far enough that I’m really really interested, but I am working on it. I do have some goals for March, so I will talk about them here.

My first goal is to finish Starters and Insurgent. I’m super into the Insurgent audiobook right now, so that one shouldn’t be too hard. I also want to finish Crossed. If I finish them, I will start Eve by Ana Carey.

My second goal is to save at least $500 towards my car. This shouldn’t be too hard, considering my raise, and the fact that I made $100 in tips this weekend alone. I would like to save more, but $500 is the goal.

My third goal is to actually post twice a week on here. I’m going to start writing posts in my down time again, so that I can have some extra posts.

My fourth goal is to get my eyebrows done. My eyebrows are insane right now, and I need to get them done. The spa that I used to get them done at recently closed, so I have to find somewhere else. I hate when nail salons do it, so I pay a little bit extra to get them done in a spa. Basically I’m difficult.

My fifth goal is to drink more smoothies, and find more healthy smoothie recipes.

I’m also going to clean my room, but that’s not a goal, it just needs to happen.

What are your goals for March?

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Book Review : Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Spoilers ! But nothing too big.

The Summary : In a world that believes that love is the enemy, how far would you be willing to run? In the future of America, The governing body has eradicated love. When every child turns 18, and finishes high school, they are forced to undergo an invasive surgery to “cure” them, and remove their capacity to love. Lena can’t wait for her surgery, having lost her mother to “Amor Deliria Nervosa,” or the disease of Love, until she meets a young boy named Alex, who shows her what she will be losing, and what she has already lost. He shows her that there can be life with love, outside of the gates of their city, in the wilds. Together, and with the help of Lena’s best friend, Hanna, they plan their escape. Will they make it, or will they die trying?

The Characters : 

Lena : Lena is an absolute hater. It is completely understandable for Lena to be scared, and to hate the idea of the love. She was taught her whole life that love was a disease, a disease that took her own mothers life, or so she thought. Lena grew throughout the novel, and through her relationship with Alex into an incredibly strong female character. However, for a girl who has believed for eighteen years that love is a disease, and for someone so terrified of even the slightest idea of falling in love with someone, Lena sure does fall fast. It felt like she was willing to abandon her whole life’s teachings, just a few days after he comes into the picture. Despite my total aversion to that idea, it did make her seem more like a real girl, and less like a character in a book.

Alex : Alex is your typical YA novel love interest. He’s mysterious, a little bit dark, and totally gorgeous. Can someone PLEASE point me to a novel where this isn’t the case? Alex managed to assimilate himself back into the society, even as an invalid, a person who is uncured, and chooses to live in the wilds. Somehow, he even landed himself a government job, working in the same labs where they perform the procedure. HOW? I wish I could say that i disliked Alex a little more, but I have to love the fact that he really loves Lena. So much that he is willing to risk everything for her, even his life in the end.

Hanna : Hanna is just a typical girl, clearly going through some sort of “rebellious” phase. Hanna changes drastically throughout this book, which I did not like. She goes from being almost cynical and put off by the idea of the cure, to wanting it, for no clear reason. She spends her time on secret internet sites, listening to banned music, and attending illegal parties, with underage drinking and (gasp) boys. Then suddenly, when Lena approaches her about running away, poof, she wants to be cured, and live a life like her parents. I will never understand this. However, The way she helps Lena and Alex see each other is admirable, and she truly is a good friend, even though she isn’t always treated as such.

Carol : Carol gets a bad rep from most readers, but she’s just doing what she been taught to think is best. She had her own kids, then suddenly she has to take in her sisters kids, and is not even allowed to feel sad over her sisters death. She teaches her kids by example to not question the government, and to stay in line. She is actually sympathetic when it comes to Lena a lot more times than you’d imagine. She’s just a mother.

The Plot : This book is paced really well, surprisingly. It moves slowly, but it’s steady, right up until the last 50 pages or so (I’m not 100% on this, I listened to the audiobook). The world isn’t quite consistent, though. For a society with such strict rules, it seems so easy to break them. How do the regulators not realize that Alex isn’t actually a citizen? How many invalids and sympathizers have infiltrated their government? And how do they not notice? Why is it so easy for Hanna to get into these secret internet sites, if the government is supposedly watching their every move? Why is no one busting these secret parties? I can’t get behind a dystopian world with so many holes. The love story was a little too predictable for my taste, and this is coming from someone who has read every Sarah Dessen novel, so you know that it means something. I still don’t understand how Lena had no problem just abandoning everything she knew to follow some boy. But I will admit, the ending really got me hooked.

The Audiobook : Sarah Drew is phenomenal. Obviously, the narration can either make or break an audiobook, and Drew was definitely an asset. 

The Overall : I gave this book 3.5 out of 5 hearts. The point were lost in the world building, and the love story. However, in the last two or three chapters, I literally could not turn it off. It sucked me back in, and now I am DYING to pick up Pandemonium. I absolutely can not wait to see what happens in the next book. I would recommend for fans of Uglies and Matched, who are looking for something similar.

Have you read Delirium? If so, what are your thoughts?

No Valentine, no problem!

So Valentines Day is in 3 days, and you still don’t have a date. Who cares? You know whats better than a date on Valentines day? Fictional characters.

I know, that around Valentines day, I tend to want to re-read one of my favorite love stories, and watch some of my favorite romantic movies and TV shows, and I can’t be the only one. Please, I beg you, comment down below and tell me if you do this too. 

So for this years Valentines Day Solo Date, I have to work, and all the other girls I work with have boyfriends, or at least someone to get drunk with, so after work, I will be making myself a romantic dinner for one, or more realistically getting takeout, and curling up on the couch and quite possibly marathoning some Once Upon a Time In Wonderland, because whats more romantic than Alice searching for her lost genie love. (It makes more sense if you watch it, It’s Alice meets Aladdin, meets Robin Hood, meets all of Disney). Maybe I’ll watch a little Sweet Home Alabama, if I’m feeling really sappy, but more likely I’ll watch some Disney Classics, AKA the best love stories out there.

I can almost guarantee that I will be binge-reading Crossed by Ally Condie, which is about a girl who leaves her life in her society to find her lost love. So I’m all set for my solo date, but now I want to help you. Here is a list of my top 5 Young Adult love stories for you to read, as well as my top 5 Walt Disney Classic love stories. You’re welcome.

Top 5 YA Love Stories.
1. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. Or any other Sarah Dessen for that matter. JL Is about a girl named Annabelle, and something happens to her, which causes her to lose all of her friends. She starts her senior year all alone, and meets a mysterious boy named Owen. Owen is the typical loner, with his nose in a book, and his headphones on loud, all the time. This is literally one of her best novels that I have eve read, and trust me, I’ve read all of them.
2. Matched by Ally Condie. In a society that regulates everything, from the food you eat, to the clothes you wear, it only makes sense that they would want a say in who you marry as well. Every 17 year old gets matched to a suitor, and they are sort of forced to love them. That’s not a problem for Cassia, until she gets matched to two people. Now, for the first time ever, someone gets to choose. Cassia gets to choose her future.
3. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. Warning. Only read this if you are prepared to cry for days, and if you have a large chunk of time, because you will not put this down. 
4. North of Beautiful by Justina Chen. Terra has been taught her whole life that perfection is everything, and that her port wine stain birthmark on her face is the only thing separating her from “perfect.” She believes this until she meets Jacob, the goth boy who helps her see her real beauty, as well as her potential.
5. Avalon High by Meg Cabot. I am in love with this book. Ellie moves to Maryland from the Midwest, and starts her new life at Avalon High. Avalon High is run by Will, the popular jock slash student body president. Suddenly she finds herself in the middle of an epic battle, of Arthurian proportions, where King Arthur himself is fighting to save the world.

Top 5 Walt Disney Classic Love Stories.
1. Cinderella. Classic.
2. Pocahontas. My personal favorite.
3. Tangled. We’ll call it a classic.
4. The Little Mermaid.
5. Beauty and the Beast.

What will you guys be reading and watching this Valentines Day?

Book Review : The Maze Runner by James Dashner

*We know I talk SPOILERS by now, right?*

The Summary :
Thomas has no idea where he came from, or anything about his past. One day he wakes up in an elevator, and travels to this place he vaguely remembers, but has never seen before, The Glade. He finds himself thrown into a sort of society with other boys, some younger, some older, that also have no idea how they got there, or why they were chosen. In the Glade, everything has a system. The elevator, called the box, brings a new boy every 30 days, and supplies every 7, the walls of the glade open every morning, and close every night, and everyone has a job. What lies beyond the opening and closing walls is a giant, ever changing maze, filled with terrifying monsters, called Grievers that come out every night. Every day they send Runners out to find a solution to the Maze. When Thomas enters The Glade, everything starts to change. First, the elevator opens the next day, off schedule, to bring the first girl to ever enter The Glade, and she comes with the message that the end is coming, and she will be the last Glader. While Teresa, the girl, stays in a coma for much of the book, she remains a major plot point. After being one of the first Gladers to survive the maze for a whole night, he becomes a Runner. Soon after, the sun dissappears, and  the walls stop closing, letting the Grievers in. Now, Thomas has to find the end of the maze, and get the rest of The Gladers out of the maze before they all run out of time.

The Characters:
Thomas – Annoying as hell. I understand that he was just taken from his home, his memory wiped, and he was thrown into this new life with no memorable warning, but he forgets that everyone in the Glade went through the same thing. He acts like he’s all alone in the beginning, and he doesn’t seem to realize that he’s still the “greenie,” or the lowest man on the totem pole. He feels that he should be a Runner, but he just got there, and in this society, like most, you have to start at the bottom. Throughout the rest of the book, he got a little bit more bearable. I started to respect him a little more when he made sure to get Chuck out of the Maze, and was willing to sacrifice himself out there for Chuck.

Teresa – She was in a coma for half of the book. Literally half of the book. I like when she comes her coma, and she’s not whiny, or trying to figure out where she is too much. She just kind of accepts where she is, without fully accepting it. She knows she has to get out, and that she has information to help them all get out.

Chuck – Chuck is my favorite Character. While he is just like that annoying little brother who talks your ear off about the most basic things right when you walk in the door, I grew to love him. His relationship with Thomas is one of the most genuine and precious relationships I have ever encountered. Chuck’s death was actually the only emotional  part of the book for me.

Of course there were other minor characters, but none really stood out to me.

The Plot:
I was bored for much of The Maze Runner. I can see why people get sucked into this plot, but it just wasn’t my speed, i guess. I’m going to start with my negatives. You’re in Thomas’ mind the whole time, so you’re seeing The Glade through his eyes. Thomas is whiny as hell. All he does is gripe about how he is “all alone” and “wants to be a runner,” and I found myself telling hin to shut up more times than I should have. Dashner created his own slang for the boys in the Glade to use, which was a great concept, but as with any other new dialect, It was difficult to get used to. The pacing is a little weird. It starts off by throwing a bunch of information at you, while simultaneously withholding a ton of information, then the plot picks up, and the whole story moves a little bit faster, but slows down again randomly. The pacing is just inconsistent. On the positive side, the plot gets more interesting as it goes on. I really liked the telepathy plot twist thrown in there. I liked that Thomas didn’t just know how to talk back to Teresa, and he had to figure that out. Chuck made me so happy the whole time. Most of the books I’ve been reading lately have been lacking in a character that was just plain annoying. Chuck was obnoxious, and you want to smack him half the time, but you grow to love him. I’m calling it now, I haven’t read the rest of the series yet, but I’m predicting that Chuck and Thomas are brothers.

The Overall :
I’m giving this book 3 hearts. I’m sure I’d score it higher if not for the pacing and the language. I am interested in seeing what comes next, but I’m not chomping at the bit to pick up The Scorch Trials or anything. I would recommend this to people who like The Hunger Games, and other young adult dystopian novels, if you aren’t bothered by inconsistent pacing.

New Month… New goals…

Welcome to February, the last official month of winter. This has actually been the coldest winter that I have ever experienced, so I am beyond happy to see it end.  I decided to make some goals for each month to, sort of, keep me focused throughout the year. Some of these goals are personal, and some are bookish goals as well. 

My first goal is to save all of my tips. I want to be able to afford a new car by my birthday, which is April 2nd. I know that it’s probably the biggest long shot ever, but It’s a goal. This month I need to get super serious about saving all of my money to get one. I’ve decided that I am not going out at all in February, and every tip that i make at The Sass will be going into my cash box. I will fill that box this month.

My second goal is to actually remember to put $20 from every paycheck into my special savings account. That account is at a different bank, so I keep forgetting to do so, so This month I need to start remembering.

My third goal is to clean my bedroom. I know this is totally random but My room is an actual wreck right now and I want to focus on cleaning it this month.

My fourth goal for this month is to get a second job. Ideally, I’d like to get a job at either the new Mexican restaurant down the street from my house, or one of the sports bars on that same street. They are both within walking distance, because I don’t have a car, and I’d like to try my hand at bar tending or waitressing. 

My fifth goal is to post at least one to two videos on my youtube channel each week. I would also like to do at least two blog posts a week.

My sixth goal is to finish the books that I started in January. I’d like to finish Starters by Lissa Price, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Crossed by Ally Condie, and Insurgent by Veronica Roth. This is a short month, so I don’t really foresee myself finishing all of those AND starting a new book, but if I have extra time at the end of the month, I’d like to start either The Scorch Trials by James Dashner, or Eve by Ana Carey.

So there we have it. My top six goals that I would like to achieve in the month of February. I’ll update you throughout the month.

What are your goals for February?

Required Reading

Ok, we all suffered, or didn’t suffer, whichever you like, through Summer Reading, and reading book after book in school. Theres something about being forced to read a certain work, or read in general, that can make people vehemently hate reading. But did we ever have to read a book that we absolutely fell in love with? For me it was “Mistaken Identity” by Don and Susie Van Ryn, and Newell and Colleen Cerak. This book tells the tragic story of a two young women who were in a car accident and when the police came, they identified the girl who passed away with one name, and the girl who was in the coma with another. After one family mourns the death of their daughter, another prays for theirs to wake up. And when she does they realize that they have made a mistake. This book deals with a lot of religious issues, but I would still recommend it, if you aren’t offended by prayer and religion.

 This is a super short post, but comment down below what your favorite book that you had to read in school.

A Year In Books : January Progress

So, I’ve decided to do monthly updates on my reading progress over the course of the year. One of my goals this year was keeping track of what I’m reading, because last year I have no idea what I read.

Has my life made progress in January? Not by much. I spent almost every day of January either working or being sick. I have the most obnoxious deviated septum (I assume), so there are about two or three weeks throughout the year where I don’t have some sort of cold or sinus infection. Being sick all the time, especially in the winter has awarded me with a lot of free time to drink tea and read books. My favorite Tea this month was, as usual, the Teavana Youthberry and Orange Blossom tea. Not only do i get to feel fancy and make my own tea bags out of it, it is also pink, my favorite color. Because I had a lot of time on my hands this month, I was able to finish two books. 

The first one that I finished was The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, which I have already reviewed on my blog. If you read that review, you know that I read that book in all of 6 or 7 hours, and if you’ve read that book, you’ll understand that I was too emotionally scarred to pick up another book right away.

The next book I read, I am incredibly proud that I made it the whole way through, was The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I was having so much trouble getting into that book, that I got to Chapter 6, and completely gave up on reading it. The day after I finished TFiOS, I was feeling incredibly motivated and decided to give it another shot. I’m glad I did, because TMR picked up and ended up getting better. That review is coming.

Currently, I am still working on the audiobook for Delirium by Lauren Oliver, but that is incredibly long, and I’m still trying to get into Starters by Lissa Price. Recently I started reading Crossed by Ally Condie, the 2nd installment of the Matched, Crossed, Reached Trilogy.

What have you read in January?

My List : 
(Bold = finished, Italics = currently reading)

1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.
2. Eve by Anna Carey
3. Crossed by Ally Condie
4. Reached by Ally Condie
5. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.
6. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
7. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
8. The Death Cure by James Dashner
9. The Kill Order by James Dashner
10. The Uglies by Scott Westerfield
11. Pretties by Scott Westerfield
12. Specials by Scott Westerfield
13. Extras by Scott Westerfield
14. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
15. Feeling for Bones by Bethany Pierce
16. Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess
17. Exit Here by Jason Myers
18. Thin by Grace Bowman
19. The Bling Ring by Nancy Jo Sales
20. Paper Towns by John Green
21. The Handmaidens Tale by Margret Atwood
22. Tricks by Ellen Hopkins
23. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
24. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
25. Starters by Lisa Price
26. A Year With Aslan by C.S. Lewis

New Books in 2014. Are we excited?

What new books are you most excited for in 2014? (Stand alones and first in series)
I think I am most excited for “Dorothy Must Die” by Danielle Paige. DMD is a new spin on The Wizard of Oz, in which Dorothy has returned to Oz and has become a tyrant. As someone who grew up loving the Wizard of Oz, I am super stoked for this new rendition.
I found a list on Goodreads of upcoming releases for this year, and I’m going to talk abut some.
First, Cassandra Clare, the author of The Mortal Instruments, and Infernal Devices series’ has two new books coming out this year. One is “The Bane Chronicles,” which is a book of ten short stories, all centered around Magnus Bane, the only character to appear in every Shadowhunter novel. Clare teamed up with Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan to write this one. Also, we are all waiting for Clare’s new series, Magisterium, premiering with “The Iron Trial.” “The Iron Trial” Is about magicians, and sounds awesome.
Another one, that I had never heard of until I saw this list, is Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, which looks like the classic struggling in love story. Amy Plum will be releasing the first novel in a series that looks incredibly promising, After The End, which is about a girl who is told her whole life that a war has destroyed her whole world, and finds out that it isn’t when she is left alone by her whole family and sets out to find them. Definitely on my “want to Read” shelf.
There is speculation on Goodreads that John Green is publishing a new novel this year, or maybe it was announced and I’m just behind. The thing is, there is zero information on this book. It’s noted as “untitled” on Goodreads, and there is no summary or set release date.
The last book I am dying to read is “Panic” by Lauren Oliver, which follows a girl named heather who gets sucked into a dangerous, high stakes game called “Panic,” and have no choice but to win.
What books are you most excited for this year?

Audiobooks. Do you like them?

 I recently got a Kindle Fire HDX, and with that, comes a free month of audible.com. I’ve been listening to Delirium by Lauren Oliver, and I’m loving it so far. I have already listened to Divergent by Veronica Roth, and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I can’t decide if I like the idea of listening to a book, rather than reading it or not.

I know that I like to listen to other things while I read, and listening to an audiobook sort of kills that possibility. But on the plus size, I’m listening to Delirium right now, and writing a few blog posts. Also, when I had a car, it was great to listen to them while I drove. 

But then again, the quality of the book can depend on the narrator. I’ve turned down many an audiobook because the narrator’s voice was annoying as hell.

 I don’t know, does anyone else have an opinion on this?

Book Review : The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

 First of all, let me start off by saying that I read this book in about 6 hours. I woke up on January 9th, picked it up and literally did not put it down until it was mid afternoon. I would also like to note that I am not quite emotionally stable right now, thanks to this book. But, in any case, lets get started.

*SPOILERS EVERYWHERE*

 The Summary :
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green tells the story of 16 year old Hazel Grace Lancaster, who is currently suffering from Thyroid cancer, which has now spread to her lungs. When Hazel’s mother decides that she is depressed, because she would rather spend her time reading than out in the “real world,” she is forced to join a support group for other teenagers with various cancers. Hazel is constantly trying to find a way out of going to support group, and even while she is there, she is sarcastic as ever. Enter Augustus Waters, the new cute cancer survivor that can’t keep his eyes off Hazel. As Hazel begins to spend time with Augustus, she finds herself feeling more than she thinks she should, even though he makes it abundantly clear that he is completely into her. When Hazel tells Gus that she wrote letters to their favorite author for years with no reply, he gives her the best gift she could have ever gotten, His Wish. The Genie’s (read – The Make A Wish Foundation) grant “cancer kids” with their last dying wish. While Hazel used hers on a trip to Disney World when she was 13, Augustus chose to save his. He gave that wish to Hazel, and flew the two of them, along with Hazel’s mother out to Amsterdam to meet the author. At this point, theres nothing that Hazel can do, but love him, and not worry about their future. This trip is full of surprises, beginning with Augustus dropping the “I’m in love with you” bomb (probably not the best metaphor, but you get the gist) on the plane, to their author, Peter van Houten being a complete and total “doucheface,” To Augustus dropping the “I have cancer again” bomb. Suddenly, the tables are turned, and Hazel is the one fighting to keep him alive. After Augustus arranges a pre-funeral, attended by only Hazel and their friend Isaac, who is now blind from having eye cancer, They are forced to attend a real one. All Hazel is left with is the last correspondence between Augustus and van Houten, which is actually heartbreaking to read.

 

The Characters :
Hazel – Hazel is remarkably real, and finally a female character that gives us introverts someone to relate to. She isn’t all enthusiasm, and “I’m gonna beat cancer” attitude. While there is nothing wrong with that attitude, in fact it is one to be celebrated, it is refreshing to read a “cancer book” wherein the main protagonist is realistic about her prognosis, which is great because according to Hazel, “cancer books suck.” Although her experimental medication is helping, she understands that her days are limited, and she doesn’t want to put Augustus through the pain of losing her. Her narrative is strong and very emotional, and it kept me feeling, right along with her.
Augustus – Even without knowing what he looks like (see – Ansel Elgort. Damn.), I was immediately attracted to him. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a crooked smile. Augustus is the type of person who’s demeanor demanded attention. He was fully aware of his charm, his wit, and he never seemed to let his smile falter. He is a fiercely loyal friend to Isaac, and an incredibly devoted love to Hazel. He doesn’t care that he might not have her forever, he is more than content with having her now. It literally broke my heart when his cancer came back, and when he agreed to fight for her. He was prepared to live in excruciating pain, so that she wouldn’t have to live with the pain of losing him. Also, how cute is it that he exclusively calls her “Hazel Grace?”
Isaac – From the sighs, to the obnoxious PDA, to the funeral, all the way to the last pages of the book, Isaac is the best friend I’ve ever read about. Isaac, who cares more about losing his girlfriend than losing his eyes, never stops being a friend to both Augustus and Hazel. His eulogy for Augustus, at both the pre-funeral, and the real funeral broke my heart. No one should have to lose their best friend. 
Peter van Houten – Oh my God, even with a little bit of development at the end, I couldn’t fully like him. I’m sorry, you don’t treat your fans like that, or your assistant like that, or people in general like that. After he flew out to attend Augustus’ funeral, and finding out the truth about his daughter, I can almost sympathize. Almost.
Hazel’s Parents – Hazels mom may be your typical helicopter mom, but you can actually feel her love for Hazel on every page. She never ceases to be there for Hazel, even when she says some pretty nasty “teenagery” things to her. Her father shares a quiet kind of love. Honestly, I envy Hazel’s relationship with her father, even over her relationship with Augustus.

 

The Plot :
Like I said, I did not put this book down for longer than a quick bathroom break. I was taken into Hazel’s world, and wasn’t fully prepared to leave when the book ended. Thats the heartbreaking thing about TFiOS, it ends. It ends, and you expect it to go on for a few more pages, to actually end, but it doesn’t. She reads the letter, and makes one comment, and poof. Last page. Unless I’m just reading too far into this, I’m going to go ahead and call this a metaphor (Augustus loved his metaphors) for the unfinished life. Of course it didn’t end mid-sentence, like Hazel’s favorite book, An Imperial Affliction did, but It still felt like there should have been more. But this is honestly the truest and most beautifully heartbreaking love story that I have ever encountered. The voices were honest, the lighter parts were seamless, and most importantly, the emotions were real.

 

The Thing we Aren’t Supposed to Talk About :
I know that the minute this book was released, everyone and their grandmother started wondering, “Is this book a true story?” “Is Hazel supposed to be Esther?” While I do fully believe that TFiOS was inspired by Esther Earl, a young nerdfighter, and friend of John and Hank Green, I also know that Esther is Esther, and Hazel is fictional. We can only hope that somewhere in Heaven, or whatever you believe to be the afterlife, Esther has read this book and loved it as much as we all did.

The Overall :
This would be my first 5 heart book, of it didn’t completely break my heart. I am docking 1/2 of a heart to make up for the time I spent crying. I know that part of the point of this book is to remind us that novels end, and that there is no “what happens next” for most fictional characters, but I can’t help but wonder what became of Hazel Grace Lancaster. 4.5 out of 5. Amazing work. I would recommend this to anyone with a heart.

Don’t forget to be awesome.