Dialog was awful. Plot was implausible. Spoiler... no 16 yr old kid is going to get an essentric author to tell her the end of a story... teenagers dont speak to each other this way which made the book very difficult to connect with. I do not see how this book was reviewed so highly. I finished the entire book hoping to find a saving grace but no...dont waste your time.
After finishing listening to the book, I read many of the reviews hoping to figure out what I missed. I didn't find the book or the characters engaging or sad. The character of the author was particularly annoying, and yet the plot needed him to work. Mr. Green does give us a very satisfying ending, unlike the character of the author. It was a tough topic, and I appreciate the author's respect for the subject without being sappy.
The bonus material at the end of the interview with the author was interesting, although I wondered if the woman asking questions was actually interviewing him. The interview seems very disjointed.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
Take away the cancer, and what's left? A couple of teenagers who never fail to say the cleverest thing they can possibly say (contrary to real life), fall in love instantly for the shallowest of reasons (which does happen in real life, but is often left unrequited, or at least not acted upon this quickly), and ... well, without cancer, there's really nothing else, is there? And cancer exists only to give the teenagers a subject for their unerringly witty irony and to jerk endless streams of tears from the target audience.
In short, to use one of his cancer jokes, author John Green has received near-universal praise for this book because of cancer perks. How can you diss a book about the cruelty of kids getting cancer? Even if all you do is joke about it incessantly. Well, I will not hesitate to do so, when it's clear that Green has cynically used cancer as an exploitative tool to elevate an otherwise pedestrian -- nay, mediocre -- teen love story.
Green warns us at the start not to read anything autobiographical into this work of fiction, so I presume he wasn't writing about losing his own child to cancer. Even if he did, though, he still doesn't deserve cancer perks for being so unimaginative about it.
My daughter (13) read the print version last week, and then went to see the movie. I asked her what she thought. She didn't get what the fuss was all about. She didn't know anyone who talked like the kids in the book talk, or act like them. She found them to be shallow. No, I didn't coach her -- I had only just started to listen to the audiobook and was leaning in that direction of criticism but had too far to go to form a final opinion, although that is where I now find myself all the same.
I am not just an adult dismissing a YA novel because I'm old enough to know that the story has been told already, or I'm too old to relate to contemporary teens, or I just don't like stuff that everyone else likes (although that is often the case). I read a lot of the same YA books my kids read, and I loved The Hunger Games, Divergent, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Mike Lupica's YA sports novels, and others -- in my older daughter's YA days, Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Hiaasen's Hoot and Chomp, etc.
In fact, the only other mega-popular YA book I had this kind of reaction to was The Book Thief, which I also thought traded too heavily on tragedy and was too full of itself with its post-modern Angel of Death device (as this book is too enamored of its own wit and its post-modern devices like cancer perks and the last best day). That one actually angered me -- this book, not altogether bad, some redeeming qualities, but as my daughter said, I just don't get what the fuss is all about. Maybe you will.
Well its my first audiobook, but it was an amazing book.
The narrator really added to my enjoyment of this book. I really enjoyed the expression in her voice. I have to admit though, having a female voice trying to sound like a man was a little strange.
There is a film to this book...can't wait to see it.
Worth the money. Read it.
audio book junkie
I'm not much of a YA reader. I find most of it predictable and formulaic; a handsome vampire, a girl who falls for a bad-boy who is really a nice guy after she breaks down his defenses etc... This YA book does not follow those formulas, what a relief. TFiOS is the first novel I've read by John Green and I get the hype. The book is smart, funny, tragic and romantic as hell. It is a story that's hard to tear yourself away from, these brilliant (OK no teenager really talks like that but I'm letting it slide because the book was such an enjoyable ride), sick teenagers are charming and their love is romantic and powerful. John Green as an author has a wonderful voice. Kate Rudd, also possessing a wonderful voice, owns this book. Wow, she killed it.
Clearly I'm impressed and can't wait to read more of Mr. Green's works.
I would. This book is just awesome.
Finding a love of a lifetime
This is a beautiful story. Not a story about cancer, but a story about Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. A story about finding a love of a lifetime no matter how long that may be.This book had me from cover to cover. I laughed, I cried and then I laughed some more. Easily my new favorite book. John Green did a fabulous job and I can't wait to read more by him.
Addicted to books, both print and audio-.
I hesitated in buying this, but you gotta love the Daily Deal for making those decisions easier. I wasn't sure that I would have the tolerance for the somewhat smartass teenager tone; I think it's perfectly appropriate to the book, but I can only take so much of it. While I enjoyed getting to know the main character, I was most interested in Augustus and especially in his friendship with Isaac. I felt Hazel was a somewhat cliched teen, but Augustus and Isaac broke away from the cliches. The story is moving, heartbreaking, of course, and funny.
I'm semi-retired at 67 and a recent Cancer survivor.
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.
My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.
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.