"Predictable Story. No connection with characters"
I did not enjoy this book at all. After all the rave reviews I had heard and being a big fan of John Greens YouTube videos I was excited to listen. Unfortunately nothing about the story captured me. I guessed from the beginning what would happen based on the name of the book (and lets face it when 80% of the characters has cancer you should expect something sad to happen) but when it did I wasn't sad, I didn't even well up. I failed to connect with the characters at all, I wanted to and lord knows I tried but I just couldn't.
"What on earth is all the fuss about?"
Found something more interesting than some else's demise to write about.
To one tracked and bleating.
Fed up of books being made to sound sensational when they read like something constructed at a bus stop.
"A Mixed Bag Really for YA only"
What I like about this book was how much the author strived to keep a realistic perspective on teenagers living with cancer. Like the powerful and vivid descriptions in sci-fi books that make readers mentally visualise different fictional worlds and characters, this book placed you into the world, hearts and bodies of the characters and at some point, convincingly places the reader in Amsterdam - everything including the disease and medications specified with such intricacy and detail seemed soooo real!!
However, this book may not appeal as much to an adult looking for a good romantic, gripping story, and the author, who's interview is included at the end of the audiobook, clearly states that the YA were his target audience. The book is an amicable read, I don't dispel that.
I read this book because of its awards and commendations, and for the fact that the movie is described as romantic and emotional....I can understand and agree to some extent why the book is a best seller and the movie a box office success, if I try to look at it from an YA's point of view. But alas, I am not a YA; so, my relatively average rating should not not be taken as an affront or negative reflection on the book; my score is one based on my review as an adult - sorry fans!!
"For me nothing great shaking!"
I found the narrative quite annoying and the dialogue of the two teenagers appears whinging and grating. I appreciate they have Cancer but they are constantly moaning and it comes across (in my opinion) as if they view themselves and their thoughts as superior to everyone else and their analysis as the definitive one. This (despite my wish to empathise with their terminal state) made me care little for them.
I am around teenagers a lot from differing backgrounds and none of them sound like these two. Their continuous use of metaphors and complicated vocabulary I found hard to see as typical teenage behaviour. To be honest they sounded more like 46 and 47 years old than the 16 and 17 years they were portrayed as. It felt like they had little depth to them and again with their use of language sometimes it seemed like they were just talking philosophically for the sake of it. I found it very hard to get even a little emotionally invested in them as a result.
It did give an insight to the difficulty of coping with cancer especially in the teenage years and the way in which it makes you reliant on others for almost everything.
The subplot around the author in Amsterdam I found slightly odd and as it turned out I do not see what it brought to the story apart from filling in time. If as the book suggests Hazel is an extremely intellectual girl I do not see how the fate of a hamster or the mother and tulip man would hold such significance to take over her life in such a way.
It did move along slowly and to be honest ended abruptly but I was glad when it did. I read it as I wanted to do so before I saw the film. I will not be putting myself through the film now that I have finished this.
I can see how for some this will appear wonderful fantastic life changing and I respect that but for me Im afraid 'no'
I had read, the fault in our stars once before but listening to it was a completely different experience. Kate Rudd- AKA the perfect voice for hazel, did an amazing job conveying not only Hazel's but Augustus' and her mums feelings. She varied tone, pace and volume for the desired effects.
And of course, the author, John Green did an amazing job with the book. I shan't write too much about the book itself but I will tell you a few things. First off, this book is sensitive to Cancer in a way no other book is. Especially and John himself would say any 'cancer book'. And no, i'm not saying that books talking about cancer don't give enough sensitivity to it as they should, i'm saying that John created a whole new level for his book to sit on.
Another thing is, despite John being a 30 something year old man with a wife and child, he captured the essence of a teenage girl amazingly. Being a teenager myself I would say that he used the 'teenage stereotype' perfectly. He made her moody, and loving and happy and funny at the perfect times. Making it feel as though it was Hazel Grace Lancaster really writing that book.
This audiobook is one of those audios that stays with you long after you stop listening. John Green adds a dash of brilliance to the genre of young adult fiction and this book is deceptively mature. The audio format was great for it and the characters brought to life by the narrator. I have gone back to it several times, over the past few weeks and it has become one of my favourite finds on audible. More John Green please!
"This is not a cancer book"
I don't read cancer books. So I didn't really want to read this one either. Too many people are dying of cancer around us so I'm silently waiting for it already. And I thought reading about it would only feed my hypochondria.
But i read it anyway.
And let me tell you one thing: it's not a cancer book! It's not even a book about cancer. It's a love story about two people who appreciate life. Sounds cliché, i know. But it really isn't.
It has more funny moments than sad ones. And I think that is important, because you don't really have to cry in this book. They're all talking about the crying.
But you probably won't sleep though..
I'm very glad I read it, because it's without a doubt the best book I've read this year.
"Has to be read!"
A great read if not hard due to the content of the story. A book you won't ever forget. Nicely told considering the nature of the story. And no happy endings really. It would do us all good to read this book.
Believable characters. More editing! The writing is pretentious
Written a different book
Don't believe the hype this book is dull.
Excellent story truly brought to life by the brilliance of the narration. Cannot recommend this audiobook highly enough. Gets you on all levels.