I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - As a rule I don't like sad books or movies, but I decided to take a chance on this one for the sake of variety and also the very high ratings. I was not disappointed. The only reason I didn't rate this book a 5 is because it was -- well, predictably sad. The story is about two teenagers, Hazel and Augustus, who both have cancer and fall in love. They are both very smart, mature for their years and have healthy attitudes about their illness. The story doesn't dwell on tear-jerking descriptions of their symptoms and suffering. It is more about how they struggle to just be normal teenagers and try to do what other kids their age do. That is what's so sad, the fact that they just accept amputations, tubes and treatments as normal, often joking about their own shortcomings.
Despite the sadness, it is a beautifully written story and I couldn't stop listening. Hazel and Gus are loveable teenaged characters and their story seems very real. The truth that serious illnesses affect children is something we don't like to think about, but sometimes we need to be reminded.
NARRATION - The reading of this story is good, but there is nothing special about the performance.
OVERALL - If you don't mind a good cry, I would definitely recommend this book.
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.
Realistic Engaging Characters
Hazel Grace coming to help Gus at the gas station.
The egging of the exgirlfriend's car
Living everyday as if it were the last
Real characters liviving real life tragedies.
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.
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.
It's been a while since I listened a book that I couldn't "put down." I bought this book on a whim, but was captivated from the very beginning. This is the story about a terminally ill teenager who falls in love with another teenage cancer victim, and just how they cope with what is left of their lives. It is a sweet story, funny, sad, engaging, deep, superficial, heartwarming, heartbreaking. It is very well written. One gets the feeling that these teenagers crammed so much life into their short ones that perhaps we could all take a lesson from them. It is a YA novel but I would hope the young people who choose to read it are mature enough to appreciate and understand it. There is a lot to "handle" in this book.
The narrator, Kate Rudd, is absolutely exceptional. She has a great career ahead of her narrating books if she so chooses. She had me believing her every word.
There was great dialogue in this book. The first part took me back to being young and that intial awkwardness and giddyness you felt when first meeting someone you really liked. Then it became something different. It gave you an interesting look at the lives of young cancer patients and survivors and the affect their diseases has on all of their relationships (family, friends, romantic). And then it added another layer with Hazels need for the epilogue of her favorite book and the recluse author who is incapable of providing the closure she needs. This was a really good read and I would recommend.
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.