The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Hazel Grace has never been anything but terminal. At 16, her cancer has taken away her ability to breath for long on her own without oxygen, so much to her delight (NOT), she travels with oxygen wherever she goes. Her life is a daily repeat of her parents watching and waiting, afraid to look away from her for fear it will be the last time…. this is no way for a teenager to live, or for a teenager to die…
During one of her Cancer Support Group Sessions, there is a new guy. The easy on the eyes Augustus Walters shows up with a twinkle in his eye, and a limp in his step, having lost a leg to cancer and still struggling with the amputated one. Augustus is not terminal, he has an 80% survival rate and therefore Hazel knows they have no chance of being together, after all – who wants to date someone like her, a grenade about to blow out of this world at any moment.
Yes, Augustus is like a drug, his quick wit, and great sense of humor are too much for Hazel and she finds herself falling even as she tried to hold back. In a different life, in a different body, not one riddled with cancer, he would have been her Romeo…
Why did I want to listen to this audio? For way too long I have heard the raves of this book and of John Green – yet I succumbed to neither. I don’t know if the cover did not speak to me or if was the more obvious reason… who wants to read a book about teens with cancer?
The Fault In Our Stars is a book that I wish I would have read when it first came out. After listening to this book on audio I am left a blubbering mass of emotion – and in a good way. Like in the way when you know you have just experienced something BRILLIANT and you can not believe you are not surrounded by people so you can SQQQUUUUEEEEEE all about it.
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
This seven hour audio narrated by the amazing Kate Rudd is a “do not miss”. Seriously, if I could wrap up a copy of this audio book and had it to each of you reading this review, I would… because audio book lovers, you are in for a listening experience that is like going to a high-end restaurant, eating a wonderful meal and discovering the bill has already been paid… and non audio book lovers, if you were ever on the edge of trying audio, let me personally recommend you make The Fault It Our Stars your #1 book to try.
“What a slut time is. She screws everybody.”
Where do I began my gushing? Hazel and Augustus may very well right now be my favorite fictional couple. Hazel is dry and funny, and you can not help but laugh out loud with some of the things she says. And Augustus, so gets her. He too is extremely funny and witty. Now you have heard of the Make A Wish foundation and you hear how many people choose a trip to Disney World? In this book you will find the great wish to be a trip to see an author of a much beloved book to find out what would have happened next if there had been a sequel. (These… are my people.)
You may think a book about cancer is just too much, but this book is not about cancer. Cancer is there, sure, but it is merely a back drop on an incredible story of two young people who decide to take a chance despite the odds, and in the end, both are better for it.
Without experiencing great pain, you can never experience great joy.
I don’t think I can rave enough to do this book justice. If I had a “John Green Rocks!” banner I would wave it. It made me laugh, it made me cry. It made me think. John Green has a way with words that sent me full speed hurdling towards another of his books. I wanted more… I needed more…I may be an addict.
If you have already read this book, I highly HIGHLY recommend you go through it again on audio. Treat yourself to something spectacular.