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)
Originally published at: A Girl that Likes Books
Sometimes people don't understand the promises they are making when they make them
Why I read this book
The trailer for the movie based on this book is all over the place and I have to admit, my curiosity got hold of me. What is it about this book that so many people are raving about?
What the book is about
This is a love story between 2 teenagers that encounter themselves through a support group for cancer survivors. Hazel has a rare cancer that has compromised her lungs and Augustus had osteosarcoma. Their relationship grows through the illness and through a book that has marked Hazel. They will both change each others with their first love.
From the moment I thought about acquiring the book I told my boyfriend: apparently I will cry a lot with this book. However as I advanced in the book, while I encountered pretty sad moments, nothing moved me to tears. I couldn't help but think that the whole raving about "the feelings" in this book oversold it for me and I had way to higher expectations.
Have you seen any of the videos from John Green? He has a very particular style and oh boy does it transfer to this book. I cannot say to his writing, since this is the first book from his that I've read, I think that is amazing, to be able to transfer yourself so well on paper...well, on audio in this case.
The characters were very likable, which is not always the case, and good thing is, I felt that they would be likable even without the cancer. Hazel is smart albeit a bit of a Debby downer (yes, I know she has cancer) being, I suppose, the voice of tragedy somehow. And Augustus was very sweet and also smart...but sometimes overly optimistic, so the voice of comedy?...I think that the intention was to show the two extreme reactions to being sick so young. You could either take your eventual death and be very pragmatic about it or go the other way around and try to act like the illness is not there while taking profit of every single minute.
The story builds up nicely, and I appreciated the fact that at the end Green talks about consulting with specialists to be as accurate as possible and admits that in some cases he took the liberty to ignore their advice in order to make a literary option instead of a scientific one.
The descriptions of Amsterdam were lovely. How lucky for him to be able to get to know the city!
It was a nice love story. It was a nice cancer story. But it was a predictable story. I don't think this was Green's fault. I think is the fault of the internet.
I enjoyed Kate Rudd as a narrator; she was fun, very good inflections and voices.
The dead are only visible in the terrible, littlest eye of memory
Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. Their love is the kind that lives on
Hazel Grace - strong and beautiful, optimistic yet honest with herself and those who surround her.
She did an excellent job on vocals. Really portrayed the feelings and emotions.
I had every reaction possible to this book - but mostly sobbed uncontrollably
A wonderful read - thank you.
Would recommend for any reader but particularly teens and young twenty-somethings.
I loved the story of "The Fault in Our Stars." It was a great audio book to listen to in the car. It was engaging, entertaining, and every time I sat in my car for a few extra moments waiting till I had to turn it off. The performance was amazing. How a woman can sound both like a 16 year old Hazel and pull off an old writer without sounding ridiculous is incredible.
However, a few times I wished we had just a little more detail. Sometimes the story felt rushed or it left me wondering why a character would do that out of nowhere. It still deserved four stars, but sometimes I just wanted a little more to put the pieces together.
Yes. The reader was very animated and made different voices for the characters. She really became each character vocally.
The overall tragedy and humor throughout the novel. I also liked the theme of how we all impact each other throughout our lives.
I don't know. Yes I loved the story and the message behind it, and it left a big impact on my heart. However, it was sad. I look at cancer patients in a whole new light and respect. A person is not their disease. They deserve dignity. I do hope the movie lives up to the hype.
Kate Rudd did a great job as usual. I love her narrations.
The immense relief that she felt when she got the final letter. I felt the characters triumph and release she needed to go forward.
FIOS being a YA book should be read by all ages. Mr. Green weaves a difficult subject line however sheds light on how a person with cancer views life through not so rosy glasses. I will always think of this book fondly.
I don't really go for the young adult genre. I'm not sure what made me purchase this title. But for some reason I couldn't stop listening to this book, I was just mesmerized. John Green's writing just grabs you. Its so haunting and beautiful and fresh and funny. It reminded me a little bit of Jeffery Eugenides' Middlesex. You will weep and then five seconds later you will be laughing again. Fabulous storytelling.
The most memorable part was when they met in the group the author made you feel like you were right there in the awkward stages of their first time meeting.
She gave a voice to the girl and made the story come alive.
This book made me laugh at the antics of cancer ridden teenagers and how they cope. It also made me cry for the very same reason. Wonderfully written and read.
I would so recommend this audiobook to a friend! The story itself is timeless, irrelevant, and real. John Greene does not paint the world as a "wish granting factory." He creates a world where you truly live inside of Hazel Grace and Gus' lives for a short time. It is by far, the best book I have read/listened to since I finished The Hunger Games series two years ago.
No but I plan to.
Only the entire novel!
John Greene does for the word "okay" what JK Rowling did for the word "always."
YES. Its funny, has little life lessons that we all know but have forgotten as we aged. And its such a great story.
Chapter 21 and 22 caught me completely off guard. I was listening to this book while i was in the gym and almost had to get off the treadmill because i was about to start crying! lol. I mean, the point is that the narration of this book is incredible, and the story commands your attention.
Kate changes here voices...something I wasnt use to listening to since I've mostly bought non fiction books. But the diference in voices really brought all the characters to life and she was so good at them.
ABSOLUTELY. I listend every chance I got. It was such an easy listen.
I broke my non fiction streak with this book and was reminded about how a really good fiction reminds you about a lot of truths. This book really gets your mind going about your own life, those in it, the tradgedies that occur to people and eventually reminds you to question yourself about whats really important in life. I completely recommmend.
I felt the book was typical of many teenagers that I know, over analytical, using big descriptive words about basic things to make themselves sound important. I did enjoy it in the end, but for large parts I felt disinterested & easily tuned out.
I think so.
Well I felt myself tuning out quite a bit, and was just keen to get it finished and out of the way rather than enjoying being involved in the book.
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