Hazel was diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at age twelve. She was only given two years to live, but has beaten the odds at age sixteen. Hazel meets Augustus at a cancer support group at the local church. As they get to know each other Augustus reads Hazel's favorite book An Imperial Affliction. Augustus uses his last wish to take himself, Hazel, and her mother to Amsterdam so Hazel can meet the author of her favorite book, Peter Van Hauten. Before they leave on their trip Augustus finds out that his cancer has come back. He doesn't tell Hazel so she can enjoy her trip, but drops the bombshell on the last day.
To me personally, this novel makes a good observation about cancer patients. You almost want to live your life to the fullest, while you can. No matter how long you live you are remembered by those who love you. The novel is fantastic, and I recommend it. The novel is also a good love story along with being a real tearjerker.
LRD/3/21/12 & TB