If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, A hoper, a pray-er, a magic-bean buyer. If you're a pretender come sit by my fire
Generally I try to stick to SciFi/Fantasy, so this was not an expected choice for me. However, the book immediately grabbed me and I found myself inventing chores to do around the house so that I could keep listening. Only two thirds of the way through I found myself completely engrossed in the story such that I started bawling. On the bus. In public. It wasn't a pretty picture, but even then I couldn't stop listening. No book that I've listened to, save maybe the removal of the worm in The Ocean at the End of the Lane, has made me outwardly emote so much, and I have to credit John Green's writing for that. I recommend this book if you like reading at all or are invested in humanity.
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.
This was my first John Green book, a title I found in a top ten of an NPR list of all-time best Young Adult books. This book certainly deserves to be that highly rated. John Green shows a deep knowledge of and empathy with teenagers, creating smart, funny, but vulnerable characters that have to work through some very difficult problems. Listen to it.
I had this book recommended to me by two people and was disappointed, though I may have appreciated it more had I read it myself. I liked the concept of the book and the (mostly) natural way the main characters talked. But the writing seemed forced, without a good flow. The author was trying to hard to capture teenagers, and the story itself seemed a bit ridiculous at the end.
I would try another book from this author, but would stop reading sooner if I didn't enjoy the story. I feel like he could be a good storyteller and I may need to give him another chance.
Her voice was very annoying and the different voices she gave the characters were distracting rather than enhancing the story.
If it was a movie I wouldn't see it.
I'm trying to wean myself and learn to function without earbuds for more than ten minutes at a time. It hasn't been easy. I lose balance...
Really, this book doesn't need another glowing review but what the hell. The combination of dying and living is something we all struggle with (if we're paying attention) and the intensity of dying while becoming a person really brings out a lot about ourselves. Cancer is a nasty thing and yet, this book is very much not about that. It's about teens learning to love and live while dying. Which when you think about it is the ultimate teen experience magnified... the sense of both immortality and futility, the overwhelming open-ness to love and insecurity. I defy you to read this and not come away with some strong emotion... It touches on everything from what it means to live a worthy life to why risking the pain of loss is worth it (or rather is what makes it a life)... very well done without the pandering one might expect on such a topic...