Monthly Archives: May 2012
Author: Susan Wilson
Two characters telling their story: a man and a dog. The man, Adam March, is a wealthy executive that one day, after having a breakdown at work and slapping the secretary, is due to lose everything and is also forced to do community service in a homeless shelter – a world away from his reality. The dog is a cross of pit bull and rottweiler who is raised to fight and one day gets to escape and live in the streets for a while before being adopted (not voluntarily, at the beginning) by the man.
Author: John Green
Hazel Grace Lancaster is 16. At 13, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer that also kind of spread to her lungs. Suffering from depression, she is taken to Support Group, where she meets Augustus Waters, 17, who lost one leg due to osteosarcoma (bone cancer), but has been in remission for more than a year now, and who is there mostly to accompany his friend Isaac, with eye cancer.
Hazel Grace and Augustus quickly become close after she recommends him reading her favorite book “An Imperial Affliction”, which ends mid-sentence and leaves her (and now Augustus) with lots of questions. Through an institution that helps kids make their one wish come true, they fly to Amsterdam to meet the author and try to discover what happened to the characters of the book.
This is a heartbreaking love story, one that you know you should not hope for a happy ending, and still you pray for a miracle to happen. But as they say all the time in the book, “the world is not a wish-granting factory”…