After wearing out the paperback version of this book, I finally broke down and purchased the audiobook. Jenna Lamia does a great job of narrating, and really helps the reader to fall even more in love with Lily and the other strong female characters.
The story itself is inspiring and heartwarming. There is sadness and darkness, but Sue Monk Kidd does a great job of interjecting humor and lightheartedness at the perfect times. I've read and listened to this book more times than I can count, and it has never disappointed.
The abundance of emotion felt throughout the entire story. You fall in love with Hazel instantly, and from the moment Gus appears, you want to know him more! The wit, humor, genuine characters, and dialogue make this read great. It plants itself into your heart and stays there.
There are so many. Gus's speech to Hazel about loving her, and not denying himself the simple pleasure of saying true things. It's an awesome little speech.
Perfect emotion and unique characterization of each person without overacting or accenting.
I laughed and cried, and cried, and cried. It's a beautifully tragic story, and it will stick with you long after the book is done. It's haunting in the best way.
Just read it. You won't be sorry.
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