20 September, 2013

book review

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

My Copy: Audiobook
Publication Date: January 1, 2012
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Source: Purchased
Genre: Contemporary | Realistic Fiction | Romance | Young Adult

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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My Review

Books do not often bring tears to my eyes.  I have only ever shed tears for one other book in my reading career, and there weren’t many tears.  The Fault in Our Stars caused me to cry like a freakin’ baby in parts.  This book emitted such emotion through its wonderfully scripted words.  I listened to the audiobook version and am very torn as to whether this was a good decision or not.  I loved the audio track.  I thought that the narrator, Kate Rudd, did a fantastic job with bringing the story to life.  I do not regret listening to the audiobook whatsoever, but a part of me really wants to pick up the actual written word of the book and actually read it.  It was that good that I feel like I need to actually see and read the beautiful words.  I will read it someday.  How can I not?  It makes me sad that I will not have “A Peek Inside” for this book (because it’s just too hard with audiobooks to get an exact quote), because there are so many beautiful and wonderfully crafted quotes from this book.  I guess you’ll just have to trust me (and everyone else) and just read it and find the quotes for yourself.

The Fault in Our Stars is about a sixteen-year-old girl, Hazel Grace, who has cancer.  Terminal cancer.  She will die.  The reader is taken on part of her journey as she develops relationships with other kids with cancer, struggles with the emotional and physical side effects of cancer, and just tries to live every day life as best she can under the circumstances.  This boy she meets and ultimately falls in love with, Augustus Waters, is a fantastic character.  I love him and I love Hazel.  They are both amazing, as with all of the characters in this novel.

I cannot even begin to describe what a great book this is, with its beautiful writing, which includes a lot of sarcasm and humour along the way.  This is my first experience with a John Green novel and he has made me a huge fan.  All it took was this one book.  I cannot wait to read more of his books and I highly recommend that you give his words a try as well.  You won’t regret it.

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3 Responses to “Audiobook Review: The Fault in Our Stars”

    • Read it!
      Yes, the audio version definitely brought it to life and I’m sure made it more emotional than just reading it. But, it was worth it. 🙂