My first book by this author. I would never imagine this wasn't written written by a teenage girl with first-hand experience. A very sweet love story that makes the point you can't choose who you fall in love with very poignantly. Also gives you a perspective of what it must be like knowing you're going to die sooner rather then later.
First of all the plot contains absolutely no surprises, and if you've ever read a Jodi Picoult novel, you know in advance how it's going to turn out. That's OK! In fact, it's what makes the book so remarkable; the writer takes what looks like a formulaic plot about romance between teenagers with cancer, and turns it into brilliant commentary about the struggle we all face with the knowledge of our eventual oblivion and a universe that is utterly indifferent to our concerns about what's going to happen after we are gone.
There is an interview with the writer at the end, and I don't think I am giving anything away when I mention that it took him years to write this novel. The time, care and attention really show. I applaud writers like this who respect their teenage audience enough to give them quality work. Well done.
The performance is worthy of this book. The narrator brings every character to life, and she gives just the right voice to the narrator, the teenage girl who is always struggling to breathe. Hearing her talk, you can almost forget that you are listening to a story but can believe that you are in the same room with her, hanging on her every word.
If you like love stories you'll love it! I don't like love stories so i didn't care for it.
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Yes, Mainly because it is not like the usual loves story.
I liked the characters the most.
She did alright.
Yes, even though it was a bit sad.
The book was great.
I enjoyed this story and appreciate that it brought a lot of thought and philosophical ideas into the tale. The Hazel Grace character was, at times, annoying, but probably true to how teenagers are. I think the story should have ended a bit earlier. I won't tell the moment in case the reader of this review hasn't read the book. Some of the dialogue is really fun. I wish I was that clever! Kate Rudd does a first rate job as the reader.
I listened to this book at the recommendation of my 11 year old niece. As much as I loved aspects of the book, I did not appreciate the fact that the young characters had sex, mock religion and mock another character for testicular cancer. I'm not a prude (I swear!) The book doesn't handle these important issues very well. The sex is not explicit, but there is no reflection on it by the characters and it seems incidental and a throw away in the story. One of the characters doesn't want to die a virgin (the horrors!!). My niece is an advanced reader. I don't like to think that she would be greatly influenced by these parts of the story because the rest of the story is so good and the characters so much fun.
The characters do reflect on what happens after death which is interesting, but the return to the joke of the "literal heart of Jesus" was tiresome. I get it that the meeting place in the church wasn't "literally" the heart of Jesus. You'd think that there might have been some greater reflection on religious belief beyond mocking it.
It was just such a beautiful read. watching the movie I enjoyed and this is my first audio book experience and it was very entertaining. Though I don't want the sickness, I do want the love. - L. Adonis