As the title states, I am 71. I am also a retired college English professor with a strong interest in young adult fiction. I have discovered over and over that excellent young adult fiction can be totally appropriate for adults, too, even aging ones. This is a novel that rises above sentimentality but not sentiment. Like all good fiction, it broadens one's understanding of the human condition. I strongly recommend it.
Uplifting, funny and moving.
Gosh, that is a tough one. This book was so unique.
I loved how Kate did the voice of Augustus Waters. I have known a few Augustus Waters-types in my day and she had him down to a TEE.
Definitely both. How can a book about dying be uplifting? Well, it can because it's more a book about living and wanting to live and enjoy life.
Because I loved the audio book so much, I went out and bought the hardcover. I want to treasure this book and share it with friends--and underline my favorite lines.
Cancer has shaped the lives of three brave teens who come together in a support group. Gus & Hazel Grace fall in love and come of age as the cancer progresses and claims one of them. Family life revolves around the daily physical ups and downs that are out of their control. Excellent and thought provoking read.
I have already recommended this book to several people. It is very moving. The narrator really brought it to life.
I don't want to give anything away but the chapter in which Hazel and Augustus go on their dinner date was my favorite. I could feel the magic as if I had lived through it- I was so happy for them.
Can't choose one.
Make a wish.
Read it, listen to it, you will be thankful.
There are some songs in the world that you wish you'd written.
This book is your best friend, you don't want it to end. It's a heartbreaking love story about life, death and the important things in life.
What superlatives can I heap on this book that are new? None, I think. The material of the story," young girl dying meets love of her life she/he dies so sad the end" has the making of a tearjerker to beat all tearjerkers or a potential "keep on looking at the bright side" that would make you want to go out and kick a cat, just to even things out. Instead it is an honest look at being with death at a young age.
I listened to the audio book, enacted by Kate Rudd. She did a masterful job of capturing the youth of the characters without twisting her voice into a caricature of youngness.
This is a most worthwhile book. Read it, listen to it and above all, remember it and the characters you get to know so so intimately
An excellent story and an engaging performance. John Green tells a touching story, and Kate Rudd performs it perfectly. I really enjoyed Ms Rudd's interpretation of Hazel.
As a pediatrician who has spent a lot of time with kids with cancer, this book hit close to home. Its made me think of all my patients who have survived and gone on to live full lives and about the ones who never reached adolescence or survived long enough to fall in love for the first time. As others have mentioned, it is "technically" a novel for teens, but anyone who enjoys a good love story will appreciate this book. It was well-written and the narration seemed realistic. My only recommendation is that you DO NOT listen to the last 30-45 minutes of the book while driving. Its obviously a tear-jerker, and crying and driving are not conducive to one another.
It was an easy read and a decent story line. Not too crazy though about the main character.
Kate Rudd was excellent!
No, not really
This story is very moving. I have not read much YA lit in my middle age, and I am happily surprised by the depth of language and metaphor in this story. Beautifully written and it feels real. I appreciate the opportunity to understand the personal experience of cancer by learning from Hazel and Augustus. Although it is ostensibly a sad story, I smiled quite a bit as I listened to the great characters and dialogue.
My main concern with the narration is that the first few chapters felt like the we're being read at breakneck speed. I kept checking my iPhone to make sure the speed setting was correct. Either I gotta used to it, or it slowed down and was then a fine performance.