Now, I can’t promise I won’t spoil anything in this review. If you don’t want to know what happens then I suggest you quit reading!
This was an amazing book. I really wish that I had read the book before I saw the movie, not that the movie was bad, the movie was amazing as well. The book went into so much more detail as books do. After all you cannot portray the little things as well on the big screen as you do in print. This was a story about love. Not the fluffy love that everyone and I mean everyone tries to sell us. This was a raw, emotional, real life story one that even though I do not have cancer can relate to. The story is about Hazel who at thirteen was diagnosed with cancer and now at age 16 still has the cancer but it is being controlled by a drug. She has to carry an oxygen tank to help her breathe because there is a colony of tumors in her lungs and she cannot breathe very well. In the beginning of the book she is a teenager who is just waiting to die. She has a monotonous routine day after day until her mother forces her to go to a cancer support group. Of course she does not want to go but goes anyway to make her parents happy. One day she meets Augustus who she instantly becomes friends with. He basically changes her whole world. He is a sarcastic, metaphoric, humorous, charismatic, one legged cancer survivor. Through her friendship with Augustus she comes out of her shell and slowly but surely joins the land of the living and starts to actually liver her life. The two bond over a novel called “An Imperial Affliction” which is Hazel’s favorite novel to which she has read over and over. She explains in the book that the author Peter Van Houtten is the only person who writes about having cancer and explains dying of it so well without actually having cancer. The book ends in mid-sentence after the girl in the book, Anna succumbs to her cancer. Hazel ponders what happens to the main characters of the book and has written Van Houtten several letters asking for answers. These unanswered questions from him haunt her. So in Gus and Hazel bonding over the book they form a deeper relationship and fall in love. I don’t want to give too much away so I will stop there. Again it’s not your fluffy romance novel with rainbow and butterflies. It is real, raw and innocent. This book takes you through all stages of life, love and loss. I did not cry because I knew what was coming since I saw the movie twice and was able to enjoy every word. This book was beautifully written and there were moments when I laughed out loud at Gus’s witty metaphoric humor and felt like I was in Hazel and Gus’s love story. There are so many themes and metaphors in this story that is easy to fully understand what message the author is sending. I hate it when the themes are not so clear and you have to really dig deep to find them. John Greene has written a beautiful novel that has touched my heart. If you haven’t already done so I suggest you read it.
I hope my short review makes you want to go to the store or jump online to purchase the eBook.
Go get this book!
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Tagged book review, cancer, gratitude, john greene, life happens, little things, love, precious moments, romance, the fault in our stars, true love
I actually celebrated my 30th birthday on July 26th with my extended family and friends because my actual birthday weekend Alan and I had planned to go out to Amish country for the night and it was my brother’s 1st wedding anniversary! So I started the celebration early! We had a great time! We went and sang karaoke and then went dancing!
This weekend was my actual birthday and I am now officially the big 3-0! I borrowed my blog title from one of my favorite movies, 13 Going on 30! I am thirty, flirty and thriving! I was lying on the couch last night snuggled with little man and I just prayed and thanked God for the wonderful blessings I have in my life. Yes it sucks that I am getting older and grayer but that is life. I have everything I need and I am in the process of completing my college education (finally) and that is ok! I don’t have to answer to anyone and I don’t have to compare lives with anyone. I have a wonderful life and I am going to embrace 30 with open arms.
End Rant LOL!
Alan and I went to Amish Country this past weekend and stayed at the Inn at the Amish Door. It was really nice but it could use some updating. Part of the room needed to be repainted and the pool looked extremely old. Even though Alan wasn’t feeling well, it was raining and everything was closed Sunday when we wanted to go shopping it still turned out to be great. Just spending quality time with his is nice. We are planning to go back for the day with the kids. I am thinking of asking my mom if she wants to join and hopefully we can go in the within the next couple of weeks! I will have to make a FALL FUN LIST like I did for the Summer.
Yesterday was a long day!!! We got home early because like I said everything was closed (poor planning but now we know). Alan rested the majority of the day while I hung out with the kiddos and did some much needed house work! It’s amazing all of the little things that get neglected when you are busy with school, work and kids. My famous line is: “Life Happens” and that is so true. The years seem to fly by and I get caught up in the busyness that is life. Madison will be starting second grade soon and our busy fall season will be here before we know it. Fall is always extremely busy because we have the back into the routine for homework and getting ready for school. Madison is much older now so hopefully it won’t take until mid-October for things to settle. She will be starting her 5th dance season! HOLY COW where does time go? She started in October of 2010. This is also a recital year! YAY! Anyway, I digress…. We had fun yesterday. I took the kiddos to the library to play for a bit and we came home with a nice stack of books! We were able to read some last night before bed. I got caught up on some laundry and hopefully will finish tonight now that Alan is feeling better. The kiddos also did some painting last night as well! I already hung Madison’s Ariel sun catcher on the patio door! It looks so awesome there! I’m not sure where I will hang Oliver’s canvas. It will most likely be in the hallway going up the stairs. What a wonderful birthday weekend!
The kiddos masterpieces!
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Tagged amish country, art, balance, birthday, children, choices, college life, crazy kids, family, gratitude, house work, imagination, life happens, little things, love, love my daughter, love my husband, love my son, painting, parenting, precious moments, quality time, stress free, summer fun, thirty, weekend fun
This is the beginning of the week two for little man! He did not look excited this morning when I dropped him off this morning and didn’t want to go in the room. There was a mean looking lady in there that I was not used to seeing. I asked her if she was the teacher for the day and she told me that she was only there until Miss Vicki got there at 8am! THANK GOD! I love Ollie’s teachers and this lady looked like a line backer and was just standing there ignoring a child that was crying for his mom! I think Ashley, another teacher who is extremely nice knew I didn’t feel comfortable leaving Oliver there so she asked me if it was ok if she took Oliver to get bowls for breakfast. I said sure!!!! He looked so cute holding her hand. I was able to leave without him noticing and crying which is always a good thing. When Madison went to Kids Advancing in Kindergarten I hated leaving to her crying. It set the tone for the entire work day and I was so upset. The funny thing was when I picked her up she would be playing so hard that she would cry because she didn’t want to leave! Talk about a lose/lose situation. This year she will be going there again just on Friday afternoons because Nick is not able to pick her up! That isn’t too bad!
We will see how this week goes, hopefully lil man will behave and have all good days like he did last week! Today is pajama day, I wish I snapped a picture of how cute he looked in his pjs! Be still my heart!!!
My first and last summer semester is coming to a close. The semester ends on August 3rd officially but I plan on being completely done with it August 1st since my birthday is August 2nd. My husband and I are going to Amish country overnight and I am extremely excited about that. This week has been extremely rough, long story short: Sick Ollie and finding new care for him and Madison. It has been an emotional week so far to say the least. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I can enjoy the last month of Summer with my children and not worry about going to school until January. Ah, Le *Sigh* is it FRIDAY YET!?
This weekend was so much fun! On Friday night Madison’s friend Riley slept over. They had a lemonade stand and ended up making $4.50 a piece. That’s not bad!!!! They had so much fun! They played with their American Girl Dolls, watched a movie and giggled a lot. It brought back memories of all the fun times I used to have at my sleepovers and I’m so glad that she is experiencing this. On Saturday the kiddos had swimming lessons and Madison had a game. We left for Columbus at arrived at our hotel around 6pm. We went swimming for a bit and then ordered pizza and cuddled in bed. My wonderful husband got a king bed for the four of us to share. What was he thinking? We now know that we will getting a room with two doubles or queens in the future. I didn’t get much sleep but the boys slept well. Madison slept ok, she kicks a lot! We headed to the Columbus Zoo around 9:30 and left around 3:30. The kids did so well and we all had so much fun! The kids got to pet goats and sheep, they got to ride ponies and see some really cool animals. This was a nice weekend trip and I’m so glad the kids had fun. We will be traveling to Columbus next summer for either more Zoo fun or Cosi!
Here are some highlights:
Madison’s Pony Ride
Oliver’s Pony Ride
Posted in Family, My amazing kids!
Tagged children, choices, Columbus Zoo, crazy kids, cuddles, family, gratitude, life happens, little things, love, love my daughter, love my husband, love my son, precious moments, quality time, stress free, summer fun, vacation, weekend fun, weekend getaway
It was so hard coming into work this morning! The four-day weekend was so wonderful! I took Thursday off to take my Anthropology test and get some solid research in for my paper. Overall, it was a good and productive day. I ended up getting a 91% on my test so hopefully I finish strong with at least a B! Friday morning I played Volleyball with some of my coworkers in the morning and the afternoon we went to my brother’s Fourth of July party. We had so much fun! Madison and Oliver went down the huge slip n slide my brother made and I entered the pie-eating contest! *Gulp* that was SOOO DISGUSTING! I think it will be a long time before I eat a cherry pie again! I didn’t end up winning but as the only girl I think I represented well! Saturday we ended up going to the Zoo for a bit. It is so nice having a Zoo pass because we don’t have to go for a whole day and go as much or as little as we want! Sunday Madison and I went on a little shopping spree. She got to spend the last of her baptism money from last year. We went to Claire’s where she bought a new diary and some really cool jewelry. This weekend was great family time and I am truly blessed.
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Tagged children, crazy kids, family, fourth of july, fourthfest, gratitude, kids, life happens, little things, love, love my daughter, love my husband, love my son, parenting, precious moments, quality time, summer fun, weekend fun