This book is in my top 25 favorite books.
Both! It was the perfect balance!
This may be a young adult novel but I think it is perfect for adults too. Such a great story!
The narrator did an amazing job of capturing the funny witty moments and the sad heartfelt ones.
The moment when Augustus tells Hazel about his recurrence..."...I lit up like a Christmas tree Hazel Grace..." Still gives me chills.
No, but Kate Rudd was fantastic in this story.
Tragic, hopeful, realistic
When Hazel read over what Augustus wrote about her.
She expresses the book using feeling and emotion and it is easier for me to imagine the characters. Sometimes I lose some of that when I try to process the words in the books and especially pronouncing and wondering how to pronounce certain sites and names and she did it beautifully.
It would be a long sitting. I think because of the emotional heaviness, it was better to handle in several sittings.
I appreciated the teenage view and the views of the parents in the book as well. I think it captured the desire of still wanting to live the life you have no matter how short it might be.
Moving further from work extended my daily commute... thank God for Audible.
I loved this book. And I’m afraid all efforts to explain why will sound corny or gushy. You see… I shouldn’t even like this book. The two protagonists are teenagers who—despite their relative intelligence and maturity—are teenagers. Teenagers. Who actually likes teenagers? John Green apparently, but not me. I didn’t even like myself when I was teenager.
But Hazel and Gus are not normal teenagers. They are a delight; the kind of kids you’d be proud to call your own. And the kind of characters I found myself thinking about as if they were real. Yes the dialogue is a bit trite, but teenagers are inherently trite.
I’m not proud of my love for this book, but I’m not going to deny it either.
Hazel and Gus disoriented me and broke my heart right in two. In the best possible way.
And Kate Rudd’s narration is—literally—perfection. I haven’t read the text version, but my biased opinion is that Rudd’s narrated version is better.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
This book may be written for teens, but it's an excellent book for all who want to "get real" with what goes on inside the minds and hearts of those who suffer, those who are "different", and those who battle demons bigger than what party dress to wear. The bare honesty that John Green depicted in his novel is refreshing. We all remember our first loves. We all remember how self conscious we were about our own bodies . . . what most of us will never have to deal with is getting into bed and worrying about making love for the first time without a leg or with a canister of oxygen attached to our body. This book will stay with me for a long time . . . things like teenagers having to worry about if their parents will stay married after they die of their cancer . . . and having the courage to come out and ASK them . . . This book is about cancer, but it's really about living, not dying.
FALLING IN LOVE CAN HAPPEN WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT - SO CAN HEARTBREAK…IS IT ALL WORTH IT?
drinking stars….the big date
sad…quite the journey - I laughed and cried
narration is excellent - story was told very, very well
Audio books are my new favorite thing, I'm catching up on so many books. If you know any good dystopia novels, please recommend them to me!
This book sat in my Audible library for over a year - I can't even remember what made me download it but seeing previews for the movie coming out this year made me check it out. And I'm so glad I did.
This is not my typical read, I like dystopian novels, adventure, sci fi you name it, but tragic love story? Not really my thing. Probably because there hasn't been a tragic love story written quite as honestly, poignantly, and beautifully harsh.
This book will make you laugh and cry - not in that Disney movie kind of way, but in that "Life isn't fair and I underestimate it's ability to strike without cause, but there are people out there who experience it and somehow make it beautiful" kind of way.
And I have this sinking feeling that the movie will somehow make this earnest contemplation into a sappy love story so please read it first just in case I'm right :)
Yes, this book deals with cancer and death. One would now assume it is a somber, morbid tale. Make no mistake--this is a moving, beautifully written, spectacularly narrated love story. It is real, honest, affecting and ultimately uplifting.
The YA rating is misleading. This is a tremendous listen with mature insights, a rich vocabulary and lessons about life, loss and love even adults can learn from.
I love yoga. I love cooking healthy, organic, natural, delicious food. I love reading, writing, traveling. But more than anything, I love laughing and cuddling with my Michael and our pup.
John Green takes on an emotional and esoteric wealth of subject matter in this Young Adult Fiction novel, but he does so in this unpretentious, relatable, and downright likeable manner that makes the novel a true page turner (if one can use that term for audio books).
I had not read YAF since I was a young adult and in the beginning of the novel I felt annoyed that such a gem of a book had to be locked inside a YAF novel, peppered with simple sentences and written in such a way that I almost felt like I was watching a movie (easy entertainment). That’s a compliment in itself to many, but I generally go for books with vivid imagery and prose. By the end of the book though, I was in tears at the stunning themes he was able to weave through and explore simultaneously; at the humor; the insight; and the beauty. And ultimately I was thankful and a bit awestruck by his ability to craft a masterpiece that would both appeal to a move young adults and adults.
This is an absolute 5-star book and it will be one I re-read in years to come, just to remember.
No. It is too sad.
I kept waiting for it to get un-depressing. This is a wonderfully written and narrated book, but it is very real. It is about teens with cancer. I was on the verge of tears the entire time.