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)
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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.
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!
I found the book funny, romantic and a great love story. I cried laughed and found myself having lots of moments where I would just think of kids out there battling that horrible disease. I would recommend that people read it. I have already got two of my friend reading it and they can't put it down and nor could I! Great book!!
"Epic book, epic love story"
I loved this book and loved how engrossed I became in the story. Amazingly beautiful.
"Hilarious and painful in equal measure"
I listened to this in about four sittings, but having finished it, I'm left wishing I'd taken my time. The dialogue had me laughing out loud at some moments, filling up with tears at others. John Green and Kate Rudd are an excellent team.
"Not as I expected"
Narrated by someone else with more feeling in their voice and less droning.
No not really but I would definitely listen to the clip before buying another.
anyone with a more sympathetic and varied toned voice would have been easier to listen too, perhaps an American voice on par with June Barrie.
None as they all seemed to flow with the story.
I am just very disappointed as This book was suggested as a good read.
"Great read - better than expected!"
Thought this would be only enjoyable for teenage girls but have to say I really enjoyed it (as a man in my thirties). Thoroughly recommend this version in particular as performance from
Narrator is great
Having known and lost people to cancer, this book has given me an insight into what it's like to be the person with cancer, appose to being an outsider looking in. It's hard to pick my favourite bit, but I guess the part where Anna gets told she going to Amsterdam. I didn't want this book to end. incredible!
"makes me realise how presious life is"
made me count my blessings and realise that you are only here for a while
Wow! What a beautifully written story that brought tears to my eyes in places. I became hooked and could not wait to listen what happened next. What courageous characters! I wanted to read this before I watch the film. A truly wonderful read that puts life into perspective.
"love at its best."
lovely book, I felt everything Hazel talked about, I could imagine her love for Gus. It brought tears to my eyes
AMAZING!!! Such a beautiful story. Wish I was young again, so I could have my own Augustus Waters brains/funny
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