Each week we’ll be dream casting some of our favorite books and blogging about it. We’ve divided up our favs characters and to see the whole cast you’ll have to visit each site (we won’t bite, I swear).
Our book this week isThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green Have you read this book? If not guuuurl, get on it. It is wonderfully sad and beautiful and funny and romantic and yes, you will absolutely cry, but it is sweet and somehow uplifting all while being tragic and still managing to make you smile and wish you could be someone’s Hazel (or make you happy that you are someone’s Hazel). Read. It. Please.
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind. (Goodreads)
My casting choices this week are Hazel Grace and Isaac, best friend to Augustus and fellow member of the cancer support group.
Hazel is bright and witty, she’s sarcastic and somehow still hopeful. She manages to live even though she accepts that she’s dying. She worries about her parents, about their future without her and she, despite her initial plans to keep to herself, falls in love with a boy named Augustus, a boy who is in some ways her opposite. I truly fell in love with this character from the first pages of the book. Hazel is a girl who is impossible to forget.
There’s just something about Sara Hyland that reminds me of Hazel. I’m not sure if it’s the deep, expressive eyes or the roundness in her face, but after considering many actresses (this is serious business, I’m telling you), she was the one who stood out.
I love Isaac. He’s best friend to Augustus and eventually becomes a dear friend to Hazel as well. He has a tough road, paved with pain and the consequences of his own cancer battle. Eventually, he loses his eyes along with his girlfriend, and though it’s not a simple transition for him, he’s still Isaac–cracking jokes with Gus, playing video games, and getting it. Getting the battle that few kids their age understand. Lucas Till fits the bill here.
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