The Fault in Our Stars. Finished 5-19-15, 5/5, Young Adult, pub.
Unabridged audio read by Kate Rudd. 7 hours:19 minutes
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.
What can I say about a book most of the bookish world has already read? You were right to fall in love with this bittersweet YA book that was worth every tear because for every tear there was a chuckle or smile or life affirming lesson. This book had everything that I’d been missing in the few John Green books I’ve read. The same connection that Hazel Grace and Augustus had to each other was the one that I felt to them and their story.
Hazel Grace with her Stage IV thyroid cancer and oxygen tank met her match in Augustus with his osteosarcoma and one leg. Their witty conversations were perfection. Augustus had a fear of leaving the world without ever leaving his mark and Hazel was afraid of being the grenade that blew up everyone who loved her when she died. These two teens were able to convey more about the fears of dying better than any other book I can think of right now. But their fears did not get in the way of living. They were both just trying to live the life they were given the best way they knew how, with a lot of strength and humor. A word about Hazel’s relationship with her parents. I loved this relationship and felt that it was so real. As an only child like Hazel, I understood the sometimes desperate responsibility she felt for her parents happiness. Perfectly told in every way.
I loved it and am only sorry it took me so long to read it, tears and all!
Claimed by Vicki
I listened to the audio on my drive to Chicago and had to keep stopping it so I could wipe away the tears that might have caused a wreck. The narration was perfection and I have an unopened MP3-CD that I won from my library for the first person who tells me they want it. Just let me know in a comment with a way to contact you for an address. I’ll ship it anywhere just because I love this book so much!