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)
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I know it sounds absurd to describe this book as fun, but it was a very enjoyable story. The characters were brilliantly fleshed out, and the plot was mostly realistic. If you are entertained by witty teenage humor, sarcastic but not necessarily negative, then you will probably get a kick out of the dialogue in this book. Granted, the topic of childrens cancer is not a cheery topic, and illness and death are a large part of this story. However, to me, this book is more about living than about dying.
After starting this book adventure based on my long drives, it has become an obsession, a method for relaxation and enjoyment.
I loved this book, but I will only listen to it once. I completed the book within 24 hrs as I could not put it down. I am a cancer survivor and it really doesn't matter the age, you can relate to the treatments and the people surrounding you. I too attended a support group and one of our members was an 18 yr old girl who had battle cancer from a very young age. So, I know the image of Hazel Grace very well.
Hazel Grace is amazing, honest, and real as she deals with her cancer. She is brave without wanting recognition. August Walters is impactful, romantic, and human throughout adding strength to the people around him. Their relationship bring hope for another day to love. The story covers many choices that are made to save lives and the gift life (though sometimes short) brings to others.
This book is a hopeful view of love and life, though full of tragedy. I hope this story inspires to love even when you know it will not be forever.
If you haven't read this book yet... You should!
This is an excellent, smart, at times funny but extremely emotional book. You will need tissue box, I am afraid. Don’t let that dissuade you though. It’s worth it.
There is humor, intellectual stimulation, emotional over stimulation – it’s got it all. The author does tell you that the book is completely fictional, but it’s hard to believe that he could write it so realistically. Overall, a not to be missed book.
Fiction: I like Paranormal, Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Romance, Classics. Non-Fiction: I like Historical, Military, Memoirs.
Obviously Hazel, but I fell in love with Augustus, just as Hazel did.
Kate Rudd's narration was spot-on as a witty, intelligent, slightly jaded teenager. Even her laboured breathing sounded authentic.
This story is a bit of a tearjerker, but not a cancer sob story. It is a brutally honest look at a terminally ill teenager, but it does not devolve into a pity party for Hazel. I loved this book.
Tell us about yourself! I am the author of "Over the Moon" and "Falling Off the Planet." They are both YA Sci-fi fantasy romance.
I knew what I was getting into when I bought this book. It's one of those books that will rip out your heart and shred it simply because you looked past the cover and got sucked into the story, allowing yourself to suffer with the fictional, though very real, characters.
Yes, it's the three p's: poignant, powerful, and painful. So why will you allow yourself to be tortured emotionally? It's all tied together with hysterical, though often morbid, humor. Laughing while you're crying is cathartic. It forces us to face our own mortality. Death is scary. Mercifully, most of us don't know when it will come knocking.
I have absolutely no choice, but to give it five stars. It's a "cancer perk."
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
As others have already said, I almost avoided this book because of the YA designation and the cancer topic. The outstanding reviews won me over and I'm glad I gave in. This not a Lifetime TV movie, all sugar and violin music. The "cancer kids" in the story are fighting tooth and nail to live every day in spite what that fight means. And they don't want pity, they want to matter.
The strength of this book is its heart. I have read reviews (chiefly on Amazon) critical of the dialogue, certain that teens don't really talk this way; disdainful of the many metaphors used to share insights on life and death. In some other books these might be serious flaws, but this story is more about heart and feelings than the words used to express them. More about living life than explaining it. The reality is that people of all ages with terminal diseases do not want to be defined by their disease. They need to maintain their identity separate from a medical diagnosis. This battle for identitiy and significance is what makes Hazel and Gus real - smart mouths and all. I loved the reading by Kate Rudd, communicating the breathlessness of oxygen-dependent Hazel, the teenage sarcasm of the "cancer kids", and the choked emotions of other characters. It is a monumentally overused cliche to say that a book "made me laugh and made me cry", but this one did without making me feel manipulated.
I loved how it seemed so...honest. I knew a boy who died of cancer when he was in either 5th or 6th grade, and this novel showed me a side of "cancer kids" that I'd never seen before. I laughed, and I (nearly) cried, which is still huge for me, a book has never done that before. I loved everything about this book.
Hazel, definitely, but I loved Augustus as well. I really related to Hazel, despite never having cancer, although I knew two people with it, a friend of my cousin and my aunt Beverly. Hazel is so sarcastic and detached at first, but she falls madly in love with Augustus, which makes her even more likable to me. When she was talking about how she doesn't Augustus to "Monica" her, but she doesn't want to "Isaac" him, it blew my mind; I had thought almost the exact same thing, though not in the same way. I loved both Hazel and Augustus equally.
Her voice really brought the characters to life. There's nothing worse than listening to an audiobook with a bad narrator, it really ruins it. Kate Rudd's narration was perfect.
Yes. I laughed, cried, and generally reacted emotionally to this book. I'm not a very emotional person, so any book that can do that is a big deal.
READ THIS BOOK! I regret not reading this book for so long.
I read equal parts NF + F: (Follet + Tolstoy + Hillenbrand + Monk Kidd + Preston+Child), practical, hands on guides, + KidLit.
Both during and after reading this book I kept thinking "Wow!" The writing is honest, simple, and heartfelt. The main character, although suffering from a terminal illness, is refreshingly witty and sarcastic and quietly, yet boldly so honest about her life and unique perspective on the world. I found her to be realistic - the type of character you believe you know and who lives on with you long after the last page is read.
Even though this story revolves around kids who have various forms of cancer, it is not depressing. There was never a point where I wanted to stop reading. Quite the opposite, it is a story of the hope than can be found in the darkest places of our lives, of the life we have left to live no matter our state of health. It is hauntingly beautiful. At its core is an honesty so bare, it will have you laughing and crying as I did.
The narrator, Kate Rudd, did an excellent job with this one.
I highly recommend this book for YA and adult readers alike. The author spent 11 years writing this one, so he says in an interview, and the result is a gem of a novel that truly shines.
I'm a recently retired software engineer, enjoying life in the great northwest, after emigrating from southern CA. Audiobooks are a godsend!
I was inspired by the courageous, rational, intelligent, and thoughtful ways in which the characters dealt with their challenges, experiences, and with each other. These are characters that you would like to be friends with, and to have with you during life's highs and lows.
That's a difficult choice to make because both Hazel and Augustus were so unique and special. I guess if forced to pick only one, I might claim Augustus as my favorite because of the persistent and witty ways in which he pursued and won Hazel's heart.
None before this. But her performance was so excellent that she has definitely won a place on my small list of favorites, right up there with Kate Reading.
I both laughed and cried. Because of my own personal challenges with cancer, I gained inspiration and ideas about dealing with them more bravely and positively. Even during this book's saddest moments, I found them to be more touching and tender than depressing.
I understand the tendency of many people to turn to religion for comfort and shelter from some of life's trials. I greatly appreciate John Green's rational, reasonable, and responsible treatment of the subjects of God and the afterlife. I think the concept of preservation of souls is lovely, and while I can't claim to share Augustus' belief in such a thing, I do derive some comfort from hoping that it may be true.
I think I will likely add to my Facebook list of favorite quotes Hazel's comment, "I'd always associated belief in heaven with, frankly, a kind of intellectual disengagement"
My daughter recommended this book to me - and I LOVE it. The story is the perfect mix of plausible and what we wish for, the characters are real and likeable, and the author's use of humor to cope with sadness makes this a favorite! The reader has a great delivery (though my daughter disagreed - she read the print version and "heard" something else in her head). Listen or read - it's a fantastic book!
"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.
This book was inspiring and touching. It made me laugh and cry the whole way through. A definite must.
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.
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!
"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!!!
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.
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