I hesitated to purchase this book. It sounded a bit depressing, but the reviews sold me and I am so glad I gave it a chance. Poignant...the word that best describes it. It reminds me a bit of Robert Sawyers WWW.Wake series. I am already looking for more books by John Green...I have had Will Grayson on my wish list for awhile and I will use my next credit on it...I read a couple of reviews that indicated this book hit a little too close to home and was difficult emotionally. I would agree that this would be difficult reading for someone who has a loved one dealing with cancer--I would have had a hard time with this book 5 years ago when someone I loved dearly was losing the battle with cancer--although I know he would have thoroughly enjoyed the dark humor--and would probably have quoted it on a regular basis. That might be part of the reason I enjoyed this so much...as it reminded me of someone I love and miss. Highly recommend this book and author.
I haven't read the book but the narrator was fabulous.
You can't help but cry.
I thought the narrator did a great job with this story. I really enjoyed the dialogue between the characters. These sophisticated teens had a very quick and intelligent banter throughout the story.
I loved that it was written in the voice of a teenage girl that is terminally ill. Despite the fact that the author is a male, he shows great insight into her (and the other characters) feelings, medical condition and thoughts about mortality.
There were many moments that moved me. I loved the sweetness of Augustus Waters. I liked the scene at the Anne Frank house. I liked that Hazel stood up to Peter VH and confronted him with the truth about many things.
When I ordered this audiobook, I did not know it was a Young Adult novel. I am so glad that I listened to it as it is an insightful book on love and hope.
Although this book is in the young adult genre (my 13 year old was excited to see I was listening to this) I really liked this book. It tells the story of adolescent cancer patients and their lives, loves, and hopes in the face of terminal illness.
The prose and story line are engaging from the start. I wished it was longer!
The narrator did a great job with the vocal inflections of teenagers as well as the other characters.
This book is heart wrenching without being maudlin. It has lots of humor and the characters ring true. Unlike most characters with a terminal illness, these characters are busy living not dying. I am a high school librarian and I will be adding this to the collection ASAP.
This book is too amazing to dissect in to “love best” bits. I loved it all.
Kate Rudd is hands down one of the best audio book narrators I have ever listened to. She She captures the moments of great emotion as well as the subtle nuances with absolute perfection. Again, I can't single out a particular character. She does male, female, adult and adolescent voices with equal flawlessness.
There are so many positive reviews that I almost didn't write one. I didn't feel there was any additional need to attempt to persuade anyone of the fence that this book is sooooo worth it. But, it is so wonderful that I needed to be a part of the chorus of praise.
Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.
I think that that John Green may have tried to write a book that was different than the typical, tragic, book with main characters dying of cancer, but if that was his goal, he was not successful with the The Fault in Our Stars. The protagonists in this book, sixteen-year old Hazel and seventeen-year old Augustus, meet at a support group for cancer patients, and their love story evolves from there. These two are "wise beyond their years" due to their circumstances, with clever, quirky conversation, peppered with vocabulary and thoughts worthy of twenty-eight year olds. They end up sounding very much like the Encouragements that Augustus' mother has throughout the house, the ones that they see as trite and simplistic. There is Death in the end, but of course there are Lessons Learned and Life Goes On. Perhaps because cancer, disease, and death are such painful and personal experiences, this book just came off as dishonest, manipulative and gimmicky.
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I will buy this book for my children to read when they are old enough. John Greene hides nothing.
The audio edition is impeccably narrated by Kate Rudd, doing this poignant story full justice with perfectly moderated voicing that focuses on the characters' evolving emotion and the plot's tonality rather than gender and age.
There is no book I have read in recent memory that I can compare this novel to.
Having lost my mother to cancer at a very young age, the book's themes and plot hit home in a way no other novel I've read has.
Augustus (Gus) is so very brave. Hazel is so very honest. Together they make a very smart and emotionally engaging couple in a tragic relationship. As their laughter gives way to tears and dread of eminent loss, so will yours.
Gus' stoicism is reminiscent of my mother's. It is always amazing how the dying use their last efforts to cheer others, and the soften the blow of loss for the loved one. He forces you to remember loved ones you've lost to cancer as youthful, vital, happy and worthy of remembrance as themselves, not what their disease has wrought.
And Hazel's sweet devotion toward the end ironically reminds me of the Bible passage:
This will become essential, and probably yearly, reading. This is, bar none, the very best book I have ever read, listened to or experienced.
A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.
I have an 11-year0old daughter. So, yeah there is that. Oh, so we have a rule that we read (or in my case listen or read) before we watch (except for voyeurism which makes reading before you watch a tad problematic). Also, we are a family of Green brother nerdfighters, so there is that too.
Perhaps, I should have had my 11-year-old daughter review it and just poach from her (the cost for me buying her the book, buying her movie tickets, indulging her 11-y-o whims and fangirl proclivities).
Oh, and today was a weird day to read the book and watch the movie. A good friend of ours just got diagnosed with 'Butt Cancer'. So, a cancer-rich day indeed.
Quick disclaimer, my reading/listening to John Green novels in no way should suggest I will EVER read 'Divergent'. My reading of contemporary YA fiction is VERY limited. My time on this planet is a short infinity of limited time and will not be filled with vampires, zombies, stormtroopers, or teen-crushes (too often). Well, unless my daughter cries, and then I'll probably just do what she wants.
Also, 'Butt Cancer' friend -- fight hard and fun hard. We are rooting for you.