Escape by Fiction
omg - THE SADDEST BOOK EVER.
So I bought this book when it first came out because I love John Green books. My daughter read it and loved it. I've read almost all of his books via audiobooks, but own them as well. I wanted to listen to this one. I listen to these at work; now imagine trying to listen to this while working. Right - that's why it took forever. I'd cry laugh and then bawl again.
Finally one day, I said to myself - I am finishing this book today. Und I did. (anyone get that?) I fucking cried so hard, I think I went a little crazy as a side effect. Holy hell is this a great book.Sobbing and bawling aside - GREAT job John Green!! I fall so in love with your characters, it hurts like hell when they hurt and even worse when they die. UGH..that's all I'm sayin'...
I'm an audiobook addict and blog about books at The Reading Date. My favorite genres are YA, New Adult, Fiction & Memoirs.
The Fault in Our Stars is a story about Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters who meet at a Cancer support group. It’s a book with cancer at the center but it’s also about love and life in general. The characters are wonderful, and so smart and funny. John Green gives his readers a lot of credit and doesn’t talk down to them, and I think that’s part of why this book appeals to such a wide audience. I would love to be friends with Augustus, Hazel and Isaac, but at the same time I could absolutely relate to their parents and their struggles.
I’ve noticed that some people who have been affected by cancer, or the death of a loved one avoid reading this book, fearing it will be a grief trigger or just too sad a read. In my own experience, I read the book first early last year and overall found it funny, touching, witty and yes sad at times. This time around I’m experiencing it through the eyes of someone who has experienced a big loss, so I had those same uneasy feelings about picking this book up again. But, I do think a lot of the book is hopeful, romantic and even funny. So to those of you on the fence about reading it, I say give it a shot.
I listened to the official audiobook version read by Kate Rudd. This audiobook is a quick listen at just over 7 hours long. Kate Rudd sounds the way I imagined the characters to sound, and expertly handles different ages, genders and accents. Though her interpretation of Hazel and Augustus was spot on, it was also a treat to hear her rendition of Peter Van Houten, and the Dutch accent of his assistant. Rudd puts a lot of emotion and heart into her narration, and the joys as well as the pain were felt even more than in the print edition. The sad parts of the book felt sadder listening to the audiobook, perhaps because I knew what to expect. At the end of the audiobook John Green talks about the book, so that was a nice surprise. I think this is a great starter audiobook for readers that want to try out the audiobook experience, even/especially if you’ve already read the book. I really enjoyed revisiting this book and appreciate it even more.
I would not listen to the book again. Although it is a written masterpiece that delves into the 16/17 year old living with cancer, the story is absolutely tragic.
The part at Anne Frank's Annexwhere they are kissing for the first time. I've been to the Annex and could totally imagine being one of the onlookers.
The attitude, the hopelessness, the teenager-ness, the tragedy, and the comedy
I laughed and cried, mostly cried though, and it was all at the end.
Graduate degree in Occupational Therapy, workout junkie, new wife and read-aholic.
I highly recommend this book for any age listener, as it intertwines your heart as you follow along.
How heartbreakingly real it is.
The scene that moved me and has really stuck with me was after Augustus passed away, and the main character is in his room; she sees that he never finished his book... To me that is so sad.
Maybe in a few years, but I have a feeling I won't forget this amazing story anytime soon.
My favorite character is Augustus. His character is so well developed, likable, unique and believable. John Green has created a group of characters that now seem so real in my mind that I almost forget they are not.
Kate Rudd told this story beautifully, having said that, I noticed that by listening to the audiobook instead of reading it I never got the chance to have my own version of the characters in my head. Kate Rudd's various character voices changed the way I personally viewed the characters. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it may have been more fun to hear my own versions of Augustus and Hazel in my head.
There's no way I could pick only one moment. Hazel and Augustus stand out from every other book I've read because their characters are so unique, real and perfectly imperfect together. The entire book is a series of moments that moved me due to the beauty of these characters and their love story together.
Thank you, John Green for writing this book. Amazing.
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.