“Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.”
When I first heard about this book my initial reaction was “I’m not going to read it.” Everyone I know that has read it has told me the same thing: it’s sad, I cried, it was a tragic love story, etc.” (Before I continue with my review I would like to warm you that there will be spoilers ahead. I won’t say exactly what happens but I’ll mention some things.) Anyway, I saw this book on the shelf at Half Price Books and for some odd reason decided to give it a try. By the time I got to the end I found myself with mixed feelings in regard to some of the plot outcomes. I did enjoy this book. It definitely was a great book that captured my attention from the very beginning and kept it until the end. I enjoyed the romantic side of the story (two cancer patients falling in love even though they knew that they could never really be together forever) the love they had for each other was truly inspiring. The only thing I did not enjoy about this book was the ending, and not because I would have preferred it to end differently. The ending really did not seem like an ending. SPOILER: Yes, one of the main characters did die but we never really know what happens to the other one. We know that the other character only has a few years, if even, left but we never find out how they passed away. What they did after the other one died or how An Imperial Affliction was suppose to end. I think that even though this book was great in every other way it could have used a better ending. Not a different ending, but a longer ending that had an epilogue or something that answered the many questions that arose while reading. Aside from that, I would highly recommend reading this novel! The love story is so sweet and heartwarming, which in a way makes up for the ending.