Audie Award Nominee, Best Teens Category, 2013
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
©2012 John Green (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"An electric portrait of young people who learn to live life with one foot in the grave. Filled with staccato bursts of humor and tragedy, The Fault in Our Stars takes a spin on universal themes - Will I be loved? Will I be remembered? Will I leave a mark on this world? - by dramatically raising the stakes for the characters who are asking." (Jodi Picoult, best-selling author of My Sister’s Keeper and Sing You Home)
"It's a testament to John Green's writing and Kate Rudd's narration that, in a book about teenagers with cancer, there are still plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. Green's teens are precocious and clever, and Rudd sells it, delivering every 'or whatever' with perfect teenage inflection and fully inhabiting protagonist Hazel as she navigates the world with lungs ravaged by cancer. When Hazel has trouble breathing, we hear it in the way Rudd gasps and pants between words. It's a sad, funny, smart, beautiful book." (AudioFile)
It's a great story. I tried to avoid it as I thought with two cancer patients as lead characters that it would be super sad. No so. It is funny, thought provoking, and very well written.
All of them. Their roles are all important to the story.
Strongly recommend this book.
Yes. Without a doubt. I'm well outside the target age group but I found it very enjoyable. Well worth the read.
I'm not sure about the tagline... But if they do then the screenwriter is going to have to work hard to keep the narrative.
"Oh, I wouldn't mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you." ~Augustus Waters
“You should see it. V for Vendetta I mean." ~Augustus
"I'll look it up." ~Hazel
"No. With Me. At my house. Now” ~Augustus
For some reason, that pickup worked! Haha.
It was heart-wrenching. I'm pretty sure I cried.
Worth the read.
A Walk to Remember is similar because it deals with young love, universal questions of life and death, and terminal illness.
Augustus and Amber are both excellent characters. Kate Rudd nailed both a teenage boy and a teenage girl.
Total tear jerker. You fall in love with the characters and you go into it knowing that Amber has cancer so you know what you are in for but the experience is unexpected and refreshing.
Great read. Recommend it. Total tear jerker. It was the catharsis I needed.
Avid Reader and Listener.... enjoy classics, poetry, memoir. Teach College English.
What a solid story - true to life but also altruistic. The expressions and emotions, the high emotional quotient and likeable characters make this book a great read. This might even wind up as required reading in high schools. I believe this one is destined to become a classic.
Earth Shatteringly Good
I loved that this story was so heartbreakingly honest and insightful. I began reading it because my daughter read it and I like to help with her homework where I can. Even though I spent a good portion of the last half of the book in tears, I am very glad that I read it.
It is such a wonderful story of love when faced with the hardest life that can be thrown your way. Learning that is ok to love even though you may be hurting the people who love you the most when you are taken from them.
I found myself hoping that Hazel Grace and Augustus could beat their cancers against all odds and have a life past their teenage years.
She really pulled me into the book. She just felt like she was Hazel Grace and not just a narrator.
It is a must read, just keep the tissues handy.
My 13 year old granddaughter recommended this book to me. We often read the same books so we can talk about them later. I expected a "teen" book, but was pleasantly surprised by how much I really enjoyed this poignant story. Definitely would recommend this to any young adult or adult wanting a quick, but good book.
The reader disappeared and allowed the story to appear to tell itself. My idea of the perfect performance.
Yes, and did. I listened on a car trip and only stopped when out of the car.
I would, I enjoyed listening (although I think I may have gotten a little more emotionally attached had I read it myself). Regardless, it really makes you think about things that make people (or maybe just me) uncomfortable, in a way that makes you feel safe while trying to figure out what you believe.
I'm not quite sure. It was different than a lot of books I've read before...
They are making a movie of this and the tag line is some infinities are bigger than others. I think I related to that and to the thing about pain is that it demands to be felt.
keep a box of kleenex near
I listen to be enthralled. The experience must transport me from my daily life of work and responsibility. What books qualify?
I loved that John Greene brought to life the witty, irreverent, wickedly smart, but innocent teenage characters.
Favorite character was Gus because he was what all girls want in a man; a protector, a companion, a lover.
I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.
Sometimes YA fiction is not really meaty enough for an me as an adult. But this book really delivered. It made me think about my own life in a new way. I could not stop listening.
"Far too good to be left to teenagers"
John Green has won awards for his Young Adult fiction and this, his latest novel. features teenage protagonists but really this is a book which will be enjoyed not just by teenagers but by anyone who has ever been a teenager and still remembers at least a little of what that was like.
It begins in a teenage cancer support group and its subject matter is daunting but go beyond that and you'll find a novel full not just of love and courage but black edged humour and characters who feel real. For such a short novel it packs a real emotional punch and when I finished the book it felt like I was leaving friends behind.
A word of thanks too the narrator, Kate Rudd. The book is a first person narrative and she not only convincingly brings Hazel Grace to life but her friends and family. If this doesn't merit an Audies award then there is something wrong with the voting system.
"A Triumph Celebration of Life"
I felt unusually resistant to reading this book. I, like so many others, have said a final goodbye to loved ones taken too soon by the whims of this unforgiving disease. I wasn't sure I could face a story examining the life of such young sufferers of serious, indeed terminal, illness; I couldn't imagine what enjoyment (as that is, after all, why I read fiction) there was to be found between the covers of such a book. How wrong my innate assumptions have proved to be.
This story is a triumphant celebration of life in the face of death, a homily to the strength and determination of its characters to 'live their best life today' no matter what mountains they may have to climb tomorrow. The author explores with great sensitivity the impact of a terminal diagnosis on relationships and creates an achingly beautiful and unforgettable connection between Hazel and Augustus, as they struggle together to make sense of and come to terms with the hand they have been dealt.
There was plenty of laughter and some inevitable tears, but the greatest achievement of this work is in relegating cancer to a mere supporting role - there is no room for it centre stage here - that place belongs unquestionably to the bonds of love which live on beyond the farewells. For, whilst we hold on to our memories of those whose footprints we can no longer see in the sand, how can they ever truly leave us?
First audio book I have ever restarted as soon as I finished. Somehow manages to avoid cliches, engage you in the characters, make you laugh and make you cry. It walks the line between pretentious and meaningful but falls the right side. Can't stop thinking about it. This is not a great book for teenagers, or a great book for adults, it is just a great book.
"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in this audiobook."
I would definitely recommend this to a friend, if this book were not just as Hazel describes An Imperial Affliction in her book, that it's so special it just 'yours'.
My favourite character was certainly Hazel Grace, Augustus Waters not far behind. Hazel is a character I can relate to a lot. Though I myself do not suffer from cancer or a terminal illness, I think in the same way and understand many of her thoughts and emotions. She's real, she's down to earth and not like these over-sexualised girls you get in some stories. The lack of depth into the lives of other characters and the lack of several characters close to Hazel and Augustus is actually a good technique, and makes the book feel closer to you, like although she doesn't literally say 'you're my friend' because obviously, you're reading the book, you feel like you're one of the only people being let into their lives. When Hazel says 'my only friends are my parents and an author who doesn't know I exist', she knows what's real but she still feels a connection to AIA, that I find myself feeling to TFIOS. I see a lot of Hazel in me, to be honest.
Metaphorically and literally, a voice. I have in fact read the book before hand, but being a British 14 year old it was sort of hard to imagine how they would speak, never having spoken to an American before. She made Hazel more real to me. Don't get me wrong, the book on it's own is brilliant, but there's something about Kate Rudd that makes me believe the story happened, like it's literally Hazel explaining it to me.
Oh definitely. I was crying for hours at the end, and some parts like with Issac kissing Monica and Augustus' comments on 'young love in all it's awkwardness' (or something similar) made me laugh until I cried. I felt like I knew them in a way, it felt so personal.
The fact this book is an audiobook makes me incredibly happy, thank you for selling it. Now, even if I'm too tired to read, or too busy to pack a book, I can listen to my favourite story over and over.
"A must read!"
This book will make you laugh, smile and cry. John Green has managed to bring a new perspective and emotion to cancer. Within the first chapter I instantly wish that I had a friend like Hazel Grace.
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 book was inspiring and touching. It made me laugh and cry the whole way through. A definite must.
This is no ordinary cancer novel. it is the truth and has such depth into the situation of having cancer. I have quotes from this book that are just genius. I really enjoyed listening to this book and made me really reconsider my life. BUY IT, LISTEN TO IT AND LIVE IT!
Yes I know that this book is technically a teen fiction but at *mumbles age* I simply loved it. With it’s characters that my teenage self (long forgotten in the mists of time), fell in love with and a story that carried me along effortlessly. I would urge you to take a chance on it. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but you won't be sorry.
"Well written, well read"
This book is superbly written by an author who is intelligent, witty and gets the emotions across very well - add in a SUPERB reading by Kate Rudd and you have yourself an emotional, but fantastic listen
If you know only a little about different types of cancer, and want a book which shows how teenagers can be amazing during their struggles with illness, then this book will open your mind and your heart
The emotion that this brought up was more than I expected, especially later in the book, but this is one of the best books I've read or listened to
DO NOT miss this book, if you do, you'll be missing out on one amazing book!!!
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