Happy Friday! Meg O. here hijacking Katie's blog for the day!
Katie actually just had her kidney surgery last night to destroy her kidney asteroid. She is recovering well and doing fine! I'll let her tell you more details when she is back to blogging, but just know that she is doing okay and the kidney asteroid experienced its own Armageddon (aka it's gone now).
So, today, I'm actually doing my first blog book review. Crazy, right? With such bookworm friends like Katie, Heather and Tara, you think I would post more about this. Truth is, when I read, it's mostly plays (I'm a high school theatre director). Luckily over the Christmas break I had some down time and read 4 books in 5 days! Go me!
Out of my favorite, this one took the cake.
"Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, 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."
I absolutely adored this book. I thought it was incredibly heartbreaking while at the same time so incredibly funny. Many times I was laughing out loud (especially every time they mentioned the "Literal Heart of Jesus" church) while at the same time I was crying. To me, it felt like real life -- how we use humor to deal with depressing situations. The author took a subject that is so heavy (let's face it, kids dying from cancer is probably the saddest thing ever) and made it so full of hope. The writing is honest and witty. So enjoyable. So un-put-down-able.
What are you reading?
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