I heard of this book a long time ago, but wasn't sure I wanted to commit to it. Plus, I had already heard it was going to be a sob fest, so I wasn't sure I needed that in my life.
Then it was getting made into a movie, so my interest peaked a little more...but still not enough to move on it. But on Friday, I was sitting on my couch feeling like junk about my own relationships, so I decided I needed to see a couple not make it and cry about that. So I found a showing that started in 20 minutes, threw my flip flops on and headed to the theatre.
Oh. My. God. I was not prepared.
When I was in high school, I went to see Armageddon with my friends Holly and Leanna. At the end, when Bruce Willis takes Ben Affleck's place on the suicide mission, I cried harder than I have ever cried at a movie. I remember sitting in the theatre, snotting and doing the wind up cry (you know...when you can't catch your breath and you make this weird gasping sound) and thinking no movie will ever have that affect on me again.
17 years later, I found a movie to beat that.
Let me start off by saying I love Shailene Woodley. I cannot believe this girl got her start on a horrible ABCFamily show. She is amazing, and beautiful and unique and I think she played Hazel Grace perfectly.
So I saw the movie, cried my guts out (and I didn't have any kleenex or anything, so I was just wiping my tears and snot on my Creighton tshirt...that's hot, right?) but then I couldn't stop thinking about it, so I downloaded the book on Sunday and read THE ENTIRE THING in one sitting.
I cried harder at the book. Maybe because I knew what was coming. But wow.
There are some differences between the book and the movie, but I think they were both done very well. The characters were well developed, and the story itself is just so heartbreaking and emotional.
AND Sam Trammell played Hazel's dad, so I got a little True Blood fix in before the season starts on June 22nd.