The Fault in Our Stars
Audio Book Review
Plot (From Goodreads):
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.
The thing that amazed me most about this book was the power of the writing and the voice of the characters. I was completely emotionally invested in the story and the characters the whole way through. I found myself laughing and crying with them through every minute of listening. Kate Rudd was an amazing “voice” for this book, she really made all the characters come to life and I felt that she had the perfect voice to match Hazel’s witty and sarcastic sense of humour.
I now realise that John Green is a very talented man. I had not previously investigated any of this work and now I feel that this has been a serious mistake. I now feel a compelling desire to devour everything he has ever written (To quote Hazel…”even his grocery lists”!)
I think that one of the things he has done so well in this book is the emotion, compassion and honesty he has injected into the pages. Cancer is a difficult subject to write (and read) about but Green did it well, also exploring treatment, loss of limbs and senses, loss of loved ones, the afterlife and what will happen to the people you leave behind after you die. It is heartbreaking, sensitive and has a little twist of the character’s sense of humours that enables a little smile through the tears!
Hazel and Gus are wonderful. They are very strong, but they had to be. Yes, their characters seem very “grown-up” for their ages, but facing cancer and a terminal diagnosis is bound to make you grow up. Their story is tragic, their fate was very clear from the start but I couldn’t help but jump on the roller coaster will them and enjoy every second of it.
This is a breath-taking book and I reccommend both the book and the audio-book. I warn you though, have tissues and chocolate at the ready – your going to need them!