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.
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"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)
Really can be cruel and the protagonist's in The Fault in our Stars illuminate why this is true.
As an oncology nurse who has worked with adolescence I found it interesting to get into the head of these two teens. Cancer sucks. Having cancer as a teenager when life is already topsy turvy and struggles between childhood and adulthood get hashed out is just plainly not fair. The challenges of living with a cancer diagnosis as a teenager is portrayed in earnest by the writer. It all just sucks.
I read this book before it was widely widely talked about and now that everyone is acquainted I find myself in the minority of those who just didn't love it, sorry but I didn't. If you haven't read it though don't let my review preclude your decision go on, try it for yourself.
Probably Not. Story focused too much on the Cancer and not enough on the characters
It does. It stopped so abruptly that it left me wondering what becomes of these people
This book was written for a very young audience
I'm not usually a fan of young adult fiction, but this story garnered so much attention I couldn't help but check it out. I was not disappointed. The story is sometimes cute and at others, sad. I grew to know each character and care about their futures and wonder about the subconscious meanings behind their words and actions, which is always a sign of a well written story.
Kate Rudd delivered an absolutely flawless performance. I'm afraid to say that I've been severely irked in the past about how female narrators tend to lower their tone in almost ridiculous fashion to imitate a man's voice for their speaking parts, and it usually comes across as mocking. She did not. With an altered inflection to his voice, she clearly identified Augustus and it sounded completely natural. The emotion she portrayed at various points captured the mood perfectly. While browsing for audiobooks, I may certainly try a few out simply based on her being the narrator.
Yes, it's a sweet story, just not much depth.
Ending was the best part.
Narrator was good, got all characters very nicely.
This is a very sweet story, I may even listen again. Just not the deep complied stories I normally like.
I love a really good book. It expands my life experiences and emotions!
Excellent look at death, dying and living in the moment
Can't think of a book to compare it to. The characters are teenagers!
Tour of Anne Franks house
Can you live today as if it were your last day?
Yes I would listen to The Fault in Our Stars again! It was such an amazing book that really shows you how death makes you appreciate life.
What I liked best about the book was just the constant emotion. There were no dull moments and I found myself connecting to the characters.
I really loved Augustus! He is so sweet to Hazel and has set the bar really high.
The whole book but especially the part where Augustus was in his car at the gas station with Hazel. I can honestly say I felt my lip quiver.
I am so glad I read this book even though it has left me heartbroken, but at the same time it makes me happy, which I really can't explain.
I was a little concerned to "read" this book, just given the hype/teen-angst surrounding it, but I thought it was a great listen with a very touching, tender message. John Green is exceptional at capturing the maturity and intelligence in teens, which I would have forgotten in this Cheetah Gurlz generation, had it not been for his astute observations and biting humor.
Ms. Rudd did a great job narrating- you could hear Hazel's frustrations and even her labored breathing (at appropriate times). She did a great job transitioning between male and female dialogue without doing huge and distracting vocal distortions. A huge bonus was the interview with the author at the end.
I truly enjoyed this audio book. The narration was excellent, and the story was one I didn't want to end.
The narrator did such a good job of allowing you to feel in touch with each character. The story made you smile, laugh and cry. Loved it.
The author's ability to share the exact feelings of what the characters must have felt. The knowledge of what the endured allowed me to bring much more understanding and empathy to those with cancer.
THe main character - Hazel Grace
Same title as the book!
All business but contemporary fun!
Here is the dilemma: would have this book been better off with adult characters or with the current teenage stars? Hazel and Augustus' early maturity could have been a result of their health struggles but the witty yet philosophical dialogues are not indicative of their assumed age. On the other hand, the rawness in their thoughts and conversations could have easily turned this book into an apathy infested script which is salvaged by the young and innocent stars. Somehow, it all worked for me.
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