Full disclosure: I read this book because it was on a list of books “to read before you see the movie” even though I have no intention of thinking of considering seeing the movie. Period.
I liked the cover. Shallow, but true. Little did I know it was about cancer. The thing is, this wasn’t super depressing. I like Hazel and Augustus. Their illnesses were sad and shaped them into amazing individuals. It was a story of love and intelligence and a book that links characters together.
A movie will never be able to capture the significance of “Okay”. A movie will never be able to capture the essence of the characters, the situations, the little joys and victories, or the deep sadnesses.
I won’t see the movie. I’m very glad I read the book. You probably should give it a try. It would be a great book for a discussion group.