This book wasn't what I expected when I first read about it. I thought it would be about a mother and son reading books and gleaning insight from the books that they read. I was disappointed at first. But quickly I realized that this is a story about Mary Ann Schwalbe told through numerous conversations between her and her son Will. Their conversations happen during their two person "book club" which develops as a way to pass time while she is getting chemotherapy. The insights that are revealed in this story are not from the books that they read but from Mary Ann herself. She is an amazing woman with strong commonsense convictions and worldly life experience to back it up. I ended up really enjoying this book once I got over my preconceived ideas of what it was supposed to be about. I really think this is a must read for all because not only can you learn life lessons, but I discovered many books I now want to read!
The narration was wonderful!
Loved the voices!!! Thanks for bringing the characters to life!
The narrator was hands down one of the very best!!!!
I think we are first attracted to someone's inner strength and character, but we fall in love with them through their vulnerabilities. That is how it was for me in this story of love, friendship, joy and sadness. A story of cancer where for once cancer takes the back seat to life. I was attracted to Gus and his "middle finger" approach to life with cancer. He falls for Hazel Grace, who is in the midst of her battle with cancer. I imagine she is swollen with cancer drugs and her cannula is her ever present reminder to how futile her life has become. But Gus finds her "beautiful" and falls in love with her. And as much as Hazel wants to resist the temptation of Augustus Waters, it is through Gus's vulnerability that she finds true love. I tear jerker for sure, but to take a line from the book, "pain is like fabric, the stronger it is the more it is worth."
The story is simple, somewhat unrealistic, but at the same time highly enjoyable!
I loved T.J. Perhaps it was his circumstances, but he knew what he liked from the moment he decided. He never looked back on what could have been or what might be.
Anyone. The narrator had too much of a sing-song style. She read way too fast and did not let the emotion of the circumstances show through in her voice. Wish I would have read this story than listened to it.
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