In short, this is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. The story is about two teenagers living with cancer, who meet in a support group. They develop a sweet relationship, and a shared love for a book called An Imperial Affliction. This book touched each of them in a meaningful way, and they decide that they want to meet the author to ask him questions that the book left open. .
The writing here is fantastic. There were many, many quotable moments (see below). The characters are likable, and even though you know from the very beginning that cancer is terminal, you are rooting for them to ride off into the sunset together. By the time you are finished with this book, you will be in tears with a smile on your face.
This quote from the book most adequately sums up my feelings about The Fault In Our Stars:
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can't tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like betrayal”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
Emotional, romantic, reality
An imperial affliction
The last scene where she reads her eulogy and every time he called her "hazel grace"
When hazel and Isaac were reading his eulogy for his pre-funeral
I rarely read books twice, never buy an audible version of one that I have read-until now. The Fault in Our Stars is one of my favorite books. It doesn't matter that the intended audience is 35 yrs younger than me, this book touched my heart and held my interest in a way I can't explain. So much so, that I couldn't wait to 'hear' it and Audible's version did not disappoint! Kate Rudd voiced the young narrator, Hazel, to perfection-made me laugh and cry; the whole experience bought the book to life!
This was a really good, quick Young Adult romance novel. If that's what you're in the mood for, this is for you. The plot is pretty straight-forward, but engaging. Some plot points I didn't agree with, but after discussing this novel with some friends in an informal book club setting, they changed my mind; overall I enjoyed it. Some parts of it are beautifully written. I definitely see John Green exploring his writing style and starting to move away from the YA genre. I previously read his book Looking For Alaska, and really enjoyed that, as it was reminiscent of the classic novel A Separate Peace.
I love Kate Rudd's normal voice. Her male voices lean towards the sub-par level, but her normal voice more than makes up for it. I haven't listened to her other audiobooks yet.
I haven't listened to many other books, okay maybe I haven't listened to ANY other books but I absolutely love this one so far! I know people usually write reviews after they've listened to the whole book but I'm only three chapters into it and I laughed a lot. It's an amazing book and I won't mind continuing to listen to it. :)
The dialogue. I loved how they didn't make the sentences bland.
No I haven't, but hopefully I will.
Yes, I believe it was. Yet, my iPod decided to die just before the third chapter so I cannot continue it yet.
I'll definitely be reading some more of John Green's books.
Wow! What a Read. This book came highly recommended and it met the mark. The book was a really hard, emotional read. I was continually going through ups and downs. My heart broke for both the main characters, yet at the same time I was thrilled for them. Yes this book has received a LOT of 5-star reviews and it deserves every one of them.
I hesitated to buy this book after I read the synopsis, I was reluctant to get into something grim or saccharine. But, I finally got it and I am so glad I did. I know this is characterized as a YA book but it is such a lovely story and offers such insight into the triteness with which sick people are treated. The book also makes one step back and realize what incredible gift it is to be living a disease free existence--but that is not the crux of the story. Interestingly, the story takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana, Hazel lives at 83rd and Springmill Road, only a few blocks from my house. All of the local references are excellent--except the hospital names.
I can not recommend this book enough.
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This is a hard book to review. I cant say that I enjoyed the audiobook. I can say that I was moved by it. It drew out my emotions, both happy and sad, and made me feel for these characters.
Young Hazel Grace has cancer and through treatment, a few years of life have been bought. At a cancer support group, she meets handsome Augustus who has lost a leg to his cancer. Together they embark on a quest to find the answers to the questions Hazel has about a book that she has an emotional connection with. There are roadblocks and everything doesn't always happen the way we may want things to, but that is the way life is sometimes. This book isn't about cancer but its presence is there touching the lives of all involved.
Kate Rudd did an outstanding job with the narration. Really cant say enough about how she seamlessly handled the characters and her teen "attitude" seemed spot on.
I would rank this book in the top 5 of books I've read so far this year
I really enjoyed the way the characters interact. It was very realistic and enjoyable.
I enjoyed the time spent with the author in the Netherlands.
Not just for teens
The narration of this book was excellent. It really made the story come to life