I had read many good reviews of the book and I told myself I'll buy it when I've gone through my stack of to-reads, which realistically could have taken forever. Then the movie came out. While I knew the basic analogy, the advertisements for the movie moved me - I wanted to watch this.
"But, in fact, depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying."
I'm not sure about you, but I find it difficult watching a movie after reading the book. Often, the book is so much better than the movie. The plot. The portrayal of the characters. You build a picture in your mind of what the characters look like. You take to heart the storyline. Then you watch the movie and everything falls to pieces. The characters are nothing like you imagined. The movie is missing bits and pieces of your favourite scenes (I understand some things or feelings cannot be portrayed the same way in a movie but don't you still feel betrayed?!). So I thought … I'll go watch this movie and then read the book.
Oh my gosh, I balled my eyes out at the cinema. How could you not? Even reading the many blurbs, reviews and watching how many movie trailers, I never expected the ending to be what it was. I was completely moved by the movie, so much so I bought the book straight after.
"As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once."
And I love it as much as the movie. Let's just say about 90% of the book is reflected in the movie. Maybe more. Even down word by word in some of the script. It's beautiful as can get for a YA novel. You just want to laugh and cry with the characters. You love Hazel for her strength and her vulnerabilities. You love Augustus for his stoic humour and charm. Even when the battles get tougher and the story becomes more heart-wrenching, they still manage to draw you along their journey. A great book.