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)
Yes, I'd recommend this to any reader who enjoys a book that tackles the poignant topics of finding love, feeling ones own mortality and living the life that gives us purpose. I loved this book
I loved Hazel Grace!
I am a crotchety lady who loves mysteries and Tudor times.
Its the only one that's made me bawl like a baby. I usually don't cry at fiction and I saw the "twist" coming from far, far away but ultimately it was no defense against the devestating impact of this book.
I loved the parents of the main character. They are never saccharine or overplayed but are one of the best and most loving portraits I've seen of shall we say "sick kid" parents.
She brings an authentic youthful inflection and emotional poignancy to the dialogue an older narrator or a more bubblegum young narrator would not have been able to portray.
From just about the midpoint on this book is a series of cathartic break downs. However I still, several weeks later, feel so grateful for the day to day blessing of health & the health of my loved ones. It definitely stretches your empathy and gratitude.
I figured I knew what I was getting into and that my own cynicism + the cutesy names would protect me from caring too much when I started this thing but its depth surprised- in no part because you experience the claustrophobic limitations of its protagonist almost physically alongside her. It's intense, is what I'm saying. It will ruin your day (full puffy face and sobbing) but in a way that will make you intensely grateful for what you have. Full on catharsis.
I really like the realness of the characters...
She spoke clearly with a pleasing tone.
This is a sharp, snarky, funny, intelligent, philosophical coming of age story with a bitter twist. The three teenagers at its center–one who has to go everywhere with her oxygen tank in tow, one whose leg was amputated, and one who lost an eye–all live with advanced cancer.
Yep. It’s a funny story about kids with cancer.
It’s also touching and inspirational, but not in that sappy made-for-television movie way. The kids use wry humor to deal with their deforming, crippling disease. I get it: that is how I deal with my own disease.
There is love interest, there are plans and schemes, there is rebellion and disobedience, there are parents to rely on and outwit, there are doctors and nurses, there is the secret language of people living with cancer. (Trudging up the stairs to the support group with oxygen tank in tow because taking the elevator is too “last days”, or asking their peers if they “go to school” as a way of finding out how advanced their disease is because being taken out of school is a sign that you don’t have much longer to live, for example.)
Hazel, Isaac and Augustus are intelligent and creative, they love to read and to play video games. They indulge the adults who don’t know how to help them (or themselves) feel better. They have wishes and dreams, and they are also realistic about what can be achieved.
I loved The Fault in Our Stars, a life-affirming book. I have advanced cancer and I have been a teenager, but never both at the same time. If I had had the misfortune to be a teenager with advanced cancer, I think I would have been a lot like Hazel. I hope I would have.
I am an athlete, a mom, a wife and grandmother. I am a lover of family, books and good wine.
I expected little from this book - Twilight without the super powers, but I was wrong. There are super powers in this book and they will surprise you. At least, they surprised me. I read it, like I read other popular teen books, to see if I can get non-readers to read by tempting them with the start of a good story and then leaving it to them to read the rest in the book. I found that I really enjoyed this book and, as a result, recommend it to both non-reading teens and my book loving friends. Well written, well read, great story - truth and pain and love and sorrow. In a good book, is anything else needed?
Augustus. For his wit, and lack of self-lothing
no, but I will. she is amazing at this and it made the story come to life.
yes, but I FORCED myself to take my time and enjoy it slowly. I tend to rush through beautiful things because my appetite for it outweighs my self control. But, I am learning.
Thank you for writing this book. That is all.
Imagine the movie character Juno had a sister, her name would be Hazel. She is a smart, witty, observant and idealistic yet cynical young girl - who has cancer. She has normal teenage worries, like will she ever fall in love, and then there's the lonely and heavy reality of her disease that sets her apart from, almost, everyone else her age.
It had me laughing out loud, crying hard, awwing at the sweetness and smartness - and just wishing I could step into this story and live there. Really, I would. It's never too rich, nor too careful about the darker parts of Hazel's reality. The sad parts are beautiful, the sweet parts incredibly moving without becoming sticky. It is simply perfect.
I also have a Kindle edition of this book and had to put the audio book on pause so, so many times to underline sentences, even whole conversations, that were so smart, moving or philosophically brilliant. As a writer I am in awe of John Green's tremendous characterisation and dialogue.
It is brilliantly narrated by Kate Rudd. Unlike a few other narrations of YA, this narration is convincing in this being is a teenager telling her very own story, from a unique perspective.
I want everyone to read this book, from teenagers to adults: it doesn't matter what age you are, this story is universal and the novel extremely well written. It is, by far, the most moving story I have come across for a long, long time. It is a precious story that I am so happy to have read and long to read again.
I rarely fall head over heels for a book, but this story I will love for life.
Just read it and love it.
I liked this book, and it was read well. You have to go into it knowing that it's going to be sad, in a strangely upbeat way. The main character is an interesting person. I'm going to recommend it to my 17-year-old and also to my 13-year-old as a good book with a person a little older than them as the narrator. Anyone who has a chronic condition, which apparently includes much of the people in the world, judging from the responses I get when I tell people about my particular infirmity, will identify with the inevitable arc of the story.
Very easy to listen to. For me, not as tear inducing as I was expecting, perhaps due to the fact that a fully grown male author was narrating from the point of a terminal teenage girl. Some wonderful insights on the pain that envelops families and friends of cancer patients.
A little unrealistic how the central characters are overly witty and intellectual at such a young age but great story nonetheless.
Say something about yourself!
This book is well written, well performed and is overall extremely enjoyable. This book made me feel a spectrum of emotions. It explores the topics of life, death, love and sickness in a well I've never experienced before. I could not stop listening. It made me laugh, made me cry and made me think. This is one of my favorite books and is now also one of my favorite audio books. If you haven't read it you should
"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!!!
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content