The philosophies discussed are both subtle and well thought out and explored. You care about the characters; you want to meet them for real. The story is about two teenagers who happen to have cancer. It is a big part of their lives, but they struggle to not have it be the defining parts of their lives. They accept the 'cancer perks' just like they accept the cancer tragedies, but this book does a great job of letting you see the humans beneath the circumstances. We all die, but most of us think we have lots of time to sort out what it all means first. These kids know that they don't, so they think a little harder about it, and they grow from the effort.
The reader does an excellent job with the idiosyncrasies of the characters. I can't imagine it being read better.
It seems remarkable to me that a 57 year old man can relate so well to the thoughts of a 16 year old teenage girl, but I guess it shouldn't be so surprising given that the teenage girl's thoughts were well conceived by a man in his 30's.
In spite of the seriousness and sadness in this book, I came away feeling pretty good and was happy that I had taken the time to listen to it.
Unabashedly asking for more.
This book is gut-wrenching hilarious. I pride myself on being a stoic-narcissistic-not-going-to-make-me-cry type of person and this book just undercut my very existence. I cried. I sat on my couch and I cried. I cried silently as to not wake anyone and have to deal with that awkward "what are you crying about" conversation- but nonetheless, I cried. And I hated John Green for it... I mean here is a story where you already know the subject matter, you already know that there isn't going to a (spoiler alert!) happily ever after. Yet, you dream of that happily ever after... And halfway through the book you start to reason with John Green. Like, I know they can't live forever and everything, but maybe...just maybe... you'll give them a good few years and I can close the book and be blissful about that.
But (spoiler alert!) that doesn't happen... And afterwards as you sit on your couch and cry and curse John Green, you're going to realize that this book is great. Not just great "I'm going to facebook about this book"- but great in a way that makes you want to listen again.
Simply put, stop reading and buy the book already...
I absolutely loved this story. I am not the kind of person who cries at movies or goes awww during romantic moments, but this book is different. I laughed out loud at parts and i did cry a bit... only a few tears, but for me that is huge!
John Green outdid himself with this unbelievably touching story. The characters are amazing individuals who you like immediately. You enter a world where the character's problems are on such a different level that it feels almost foreign and you can lose yourself in it.
I don't want to drone on over every detail because that will ruin its twists and turns for all who read this review so i will keep it brief.
This story reminds us to be present in life and appreciate the things we take for granted. Please read this book, you will absolutely fall in love with it. You will feel for these characters and perhaps see life from a new perspective. Thanks to this story my life, "is a roller coaster that only goes up...." my friends.
Narrator: Did a great job with both male and female voices. The accents sounded authentic. A perfect choice for this book.
Lover of life!
How can I still be so heartbroken??? I listened to the book and it broke me in two. I watched the movie and it broke me all over again. Brilliant, but so emotional!
Yes. It's a beautiful story. It doesn't end like you'd think it will. It's heart wrenching and beautiful all at the same time.
Some of the epic quotes.
No. This was the first one.
I ugly cried. I'd seen the film when it was first out, not realizing what the story was about. It was a bad move then, as I'd just lost my grandmother to cancer. I'd heard the book was great too so more than a year later, I finally listened to it. Even though I KNEW what was going to happen, I sobbed.
A sad story of two teenagers with cancer who fall for each other. Ultimately, as I read this book I kept thinking “things can’t get any worse”; and then they would. REPEATEDLY. Things were constantly taking a turn for the worst. It was best described as “emotional blackmail”. I cried, a lot, and often every time something got worse.
The book was good; not the best I ever read, but the narration really gave it something extra.
As a pediatrician, I have watched this story play out too many times. I too often have held back soul felt tears. Hazel Grace, Augustus and Isaac gave my past,present and future grief voice. The hearing of this story was cathartic and restorative. Bravo!
The book was entertaining from the start, while it had many sad parts i would recommend this book.
I liked Augustus because he did not allow his illness stop him.
She brought life to the story.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes poignant “The Fault in our Stars” is a great book on love and loss that I think everyone should read. Well written with wonderful characters that make you think and feel along with what they’re going through (which is what a book is supposed to make you do). Yes Hazel and Gus are probably idealized versions of teenagers, but it’s nice to have a young adult character that can make mistakes of their age and add to their character, but at the same time not be winey all the time. I really enjoyed this book!
Kate Rudd does an amazing job with this book, her timing, delivery and voices just add to the enjoyment and really bring the characters to life.
The characters felt real, the emotions felt powerful. I found myself crying at several points. Full disclosure: this is my first audiobook ever, and the first YA novel I've read since high school.
"Love Story" (1970), by Erich Segal, or the 2001 movie "Sweet November", with Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron. They are also wonderful books about love and illness and loss.
Hearing it told in a young female voice brought a new level of realism to the story. It was as if the narrator WAS the character. Her tonal changes when reading dialogue from other characters was strong enough to clarify who was speaking, but gentle enough to avoid distraction. Very well-read.
SPOILER ALERT!!!! DON"T READ THIS PART IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT YET!!!!
Yes, the last hospital scene near the end had me crying, as did the reading of Gus's letter at the end.
I didn't think I would like listening to audiobooks, but this has changed my mind. I might very well be hooked.