It is such a good story full of moments of joy, as well as moments of sadness. But, that's life. The good times and the bad times, all mixed together. :)
I really liked the story and the characters. Gus was amazing and strong. I think adults don't give kids enough credit for understanding what is going on in their life. This is a well told tell.
The is story could be the true story of two young people finding there way through the tragedy of critical illness. Very powerful! Well read!
This is a book that probably works well for the young adult readers at whom it is aimed. For me, though, the humor and the attitudes of the characters are too limited by the sense that they are fad-based and will likely not hold up well to the ravages of time. Think of the film “Juno” and how its snarky teenage millennial already seems dated and affected.
The book did make me smirk more than once, and the take on cancer was different and works well to build a sense of empathy, to remove the otherness of those who suffer from cancer’s devastation. I also enjoyed the (mostly unrealistic) level of intelligence of the two central characters.
It is not a bad book; it simply isn’t one I see myself returning to anytime soon unless I think it might be a way to win over the interests of my students at some point.
Narration: I was not especially enthralled with the narration. Kate Rudd emotes and has a pretty good sound for the female protagonist. I also kind of enjoyed her voicing for the exaggerated pompousness of the self-loathing-pretense-laden language of Peter Van Houtem. However, her accents were not good or consistent, and her man voices just sound like a woman making fun of what a “manly” voice sounds like. I don’t know, perhaps there is something sexist to my sentiments, but I just feel like, generally speaking, men doing female character voices tend to work more believably than women doing male characters.
This book was more amazing than any other book I have read. I was inspired. There is more to life than what we see then is a kindness and a generosity. This helps people to realize that they need to love life to the fullest and never give up hope for tomorrow to be better. Thank you John Green.
I haven't read the print version, but this was one of the most well acted audiobooks that I have gotten so far.
This story was a moving look at some of the things that those with terminal illness face. Granted, the characters are teenagers, so they handle those issues in customary angsty teen fashion (which in my opinion diluted the power of the story somewhat). However, it was still a well written, well acted, and thoughtful audiobook.
I enjoyed this book, but I think it would've enjoyed it more had I not heard so much hype about it first. I was expecting it to just be like the most amazing book– but I discovered it was much more directed towards teenage girls then a 33-year-old mom. I'm usually a big fan of young adult fiction because it's cleaner and not somebody like a lot of adult fiction, but still interesting – but this felt a little contrived just to pull the heartstrings. Honestly, if I had not heard or read anything about it before I would probably get a higher rating, I just felt a little let down by the whole thing. And I was also annoyed, as I always am, when there are sex scenes in a young adult book, even if it is relatively tame. I sure won't be letting my kids read it as teenagers though.
This story hit close with me. while I'm sure there are a lot of people who can relate to it. I was born with a disease, Congenital heart disease. While mine is fairly manageable (for being a semi severe case) others I know are living like this in the story. They don't know if tomorrow will be their last day. Then I thought of my grandma who passed away from multiple myeloma about how she felt. Also the recent loss of a woman I loved due to mental illness. While you may harbor regrets move forward with purpose and faith as this is the only way to make amends or to let their story live on.
The references to other works of literature and history are beautiful. The characters discuss very deep issues that make them wiser than their years.
I loved the unpredictability of the story...and that the author allowed certain things to happen where most would leave us wishing more had happened.
The end, of course. It's beautiful. I was told I'd cry like a baby, but I felt that it was simply beautiful. It wasn't so much sad as it was...real.
I look forward to more by this author.