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.
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.