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What a wonderfully sad, funny, powerful and well done book about loving and dying. There is no spoiler here...you can find the fact that this book deals with a terminally ill teenager in any description. It is one of the best books I've read/listened to in a long time...surpassed only by the fabulous The Sea of Tranquility. I highly recommend this book but it is not for the faint of heart. It deals in a most realistic way with the process of being human when your body is thinking otherwise. The characters are so beautifully written, including the support group participants, the parents, and the Dutch writer and his assistant. Literally years in the writing, the author took his time to write it right and I thank him for that. You will laugh out loud, you will smile to yourself, you will get angry, you will shout "NO!", you will find tears that slowly trickle down your face; you (well, at least I did) will sob out loud and you will hear the end with the understanding that death can occur on many levels. It is an extraordinary book.
That being said, the one issue I had with the audio version was the continued use of "she said" and "I said" to the point of frustration. The narrator was wonderful but could have created a slightly different way to differentiate between conversants than 'he said', etc.
The other issue was not with the book but with the Q&A with the author that comes at the end of the recording. I was so moved by the ending and the entire book that the Q&A was not even on my radar; I just needed time to gather my wits about me and savor what a magnificent job Mr. Green did.
This will be a book that I will listen to a number of times simply because it is so well written (for the most part, it does falter and lag in some places) and because the characters are so well constructed as to become real (and most of them probably are) and the story is such a moving and powerful one that is riddled with terrific use of humor. You will no be sorry you listened to this book.
I bought The Fault in Our Stars based on the strength of its recommendation and its apparent appeal to all audiences. I found it to be an underwhelming, barely tolerable, adolescent tale of love and life experience without depth or nuance. The characters are simple and their speech is annoyingly stereotypic. The plot, based on a trip to visit an author who wrote a book without ending, was entirely uncompelling, and the answers that the main character is 'dying' to uncover are devoid of substance. I had to stop listening before the girl got on the plane. I would not recommend this book.
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Due to my disability I've learned about death at a young age. I don't have Cancer or any terminal illness, but I've seen a lot of my classmates past away all of a sudden especially in elementary school. Dealing with a lost is always hard, but when you are in fourth grade and your best friends are sick and they don't come to school anymore, it is something that you learned to accept and keep playing in the sandbox.
As I got older and become a teenager, a few of my close friends had died from their disabilities. It is never gets easier to deal with a lost and you tend to detach yourself from others because of the pain.
Even today, I try to distance myself with my friends because many people in my circle has passed.
That being said, "The Fault in Our Stars" is an excellent story about teenagers that has terminal illness, such as Cancer. Instead of being a sad story, where everything is gloom, John Green makes his characters come alive by giving a different prospective on their illness. This might be a fictional story, but from a personal note, teenagers are teenagers. Just because you have an early ticket to death, it doesn't mean that you are waiting to be six feet under or be burned and be spread in the sea.
My days at being a teenager with my friends that are no longer with us, was your typical antics of being young, dumb, and having newly discover hormones. We didn't whine about our pain. We just forgot about it and got into a lot of mischief and using our handicap to our advantage.
Accepting death is apart of life, but John Green brings a real prospective with terminal illness by showing a prospective from a teenager and how they are still kids and being in love.
Often times, we see on the news the Make a Wish foundation grant wishes to kids. Don't feel bad for the victim. Most likely, they know what exactly is going on and using their illness to meet their superstars or go on a trip, or get a signed ball. Hey, if you were in their shoes, wouldn't you do the same?
Young, in love, and sick with cancer. This is the story of Hazel and Gus - two adolescents with different types of cancer who meet in a support group. I was so ready to not like this book and I did not think I would have any trouble fending off the strong emotion and sentimentality that can accompany stories about young people dying. I was wrong on both accounts - I really liked this story and there were times when the story earned the strong emotions I felt.
But this isn't a story about dying - it is a story about being young and in love - and sick with cancer. The story doesn't focus on the cancer or dying, but doesn't hide these issues either. Equal parts thoughtful, touching, and funny, Green has created very credible characters going through extraordinary life circumstances.
Rudd does an excellent job. Her voice for Hazel is spot on - edgy, defensive, self-conscious, scared, sarcastic, and funny.
This book is very much worth the listen.
My chest feels like a vice grip has been tightened around it. This book was so painfully good. I laughed and cried and laughed and cried some more. This to me was the definition of great story telling while dealing with a sensitive and serious situation.
The metaphors and deeper meanings in everything these two incredible teenagers said made me feel as if I was not quite intelligent enough, just like Hazel's mother.
Hazel Grace as she was called by the epic love her of life, Augustus Waters was the smartest and most amazing teenager. She lived most of her life preparing to die but not wanting to leave any pain behind for those that love her. Augustus Waters was the even more intelligent boy that wooed her and loved her like no seventeen year old should ever know how to love, but it was so beautiful to experience. He said cheesy & amazing things to Hazel Grace but they never sounded cheesy from him. His words were meaningful, honest, and swoon worthy.
The story took a turn and somehow we ended in a place that was even more horrific than I had originally imagined it going and I bawled my eyes out for at least the second half of the book. I just couldn't anymore... it gutted me and left me so painfully hurt and sad and forced to think about all of the horrible things that I never wanted to imagine. Life is never fair and sometimes we forget that. We forget to live like there's no tomorrow and to love like our life depends on it and to truly care about things that are important to us. This book is reality kicking us in the ass with a real and true love story wrapped inside and it's so beautiful. And the ending was just so fitting and wonderful and exceptional.
This will be one of those books that I will always remember and it will always stick with me. I recommend this to everyone.
A sad subject presented from the teenagers point of view. I thought this was quite an engrossing story, although it stretched on a bit longer than I would have liked. The narrator was excellent and I enjoyed hearing John Green's interview at the end.
Wow! Pretty powerful and moving story. It touched my heart and soul! I was deeply moved. Please be prepared with a box load of Kleenex.
Absolutely great book. I mostly listen to audiobooks at work, I do not suggest this one as a work listen, at least not the ending, you will tear up. Worth every tear, beautiful listen.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
Don't get me wrong, this is an extremely well written book and a story that you would have to be dead not to experience strong emotions as you read. The characters are all engaging and you quickly become attached to each. Even though the ending was expected - it's a story about terminally ill kids, you knew someone had to die - the author still did a great job of making that expected result, just a little unexpected.
My only complaint was the two main characters were just a little too much. Too smart, too witty, too erudite and too precocious. I cannot imagine what it would feel like to be 16 or 17 and dying, to be in constant pain or at least discomfort, to feel like you stick out and that everyone feels nothing but pity and a kind of gratitude that it is you and not them towards you. I imagine that if you are very intelligent, gifted and wise for your years, it may even be worse. But I don't think that a side effect of cancer is you suddenly start spouting wisecracks and witty ripostes that would do Nick and Nora Charles from the Thin Man series proud. Especially if you are only 16.
I really enjoyed listing to the repartee and the poetry. But it might have made me less sympathetic towards the characters and their plight. They were slightly less believable so their story was slightly less touching.
This is a brilliant book and I highly recommend it. I just wish - and this is something I can't believe I am saying - that it had been a little less brilliant.
What a beautiful book! Adorable characters, laughs, tears and a heartwarming story of human triumph. The narrator was perfect and I couldn't stop until the end. Get out your hanky and let your friends know about this book!!!! Thank you John Green.