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.
I really enjoyed Kate Rudd's voice and the way she narrated this incredibly emotionally moving book. The entire book was very enjoyable for me.
I feel that Kate Rudd did a great job with all the character's she played.
This book is a great easy listen and allows any reader to be moved through happiness, sadness, love, and kindness.
I really enjoyed the story. While sad, it showed how people with a terminal disease cope with how others see them. Having just returned from Amsterdam my favorite part of the book was the few magical days Hazel & Gus spent there.
Absolutely a wonderful voice. Perfect for the book. Only thing that could have been better is when she reads parts where the person has a Dutch accent. This book got my life into perspective and made me want to do something about it. Truly inspirational and well worth the time.
I lost my preteen to osteosarcoma three years ago. It has taken a long time to get up the courage to read this story. I'm glad I did, although it brought back a lot of really sad memories.