Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Audio Review: The Fault in Our Stars

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Pages: 368
Release Date: January 10, 2012 
Publisher: Dutton Books 

Format: Audio
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description:
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

I finally, FINALLY read The Fault in our Stars. Okay, well technically listened to it but still. Everyone talked about how great it was and that I needed to have a box of tissues handy whenever I finished it. I was a little ify on listening to the audio of the Fault in our Stars because I thought if it was as sad as everyone said, driving and tears probably wouldn’t be the best combination. Still, I listened to it.

Just by reading the description, you know you are in store for an emotional ride. Hazel is a terminal cancer patient and that tidbit alone is enough to bring you to tears. However, there is so much more to this story!

Hazel is a strong, funny character full of sarcasm and wit.  However, Hazel’s life has become defined by her illness, cancer. The problem is Hazel wants to be more than her illness. She’s a person and wants to feel that way. Enter, Augustus Waters, a guy that is hot and totally gets Hazel in a way no one else really does.

Augustus and Hazel’s relationship is one of those rare teenage relationships that is so sincere that they might just have a chance to make a forever out of it. But Hazel knows she doesn’t have forever and doesn’t want to cause Augustus even more pain.

The Fault in Our Stars in one of those books that you kind of know what’s going to happen without actually knowing what’s going to happen. I did guess some of the plot twists but I honestly thought the book would end in the middle of a sentence because of this whole sub-plot about Hazel’s favorite book which ends in the middle of a sentence. There was just so much build up about it I kept thinking, “You are not going to do that to me, John Green! I know you are NOT!” Slight spoiler (The book does not end in the middle of a sentence. There’s a period at the end and everything.)

Now, I must say that this book does somewhat make me feel as if I am a cold-hearted person! As I said earlier, everyone kept talking about how they cried at the end. However, at the end of the book I found that I did not shed a tear. Not. A. Single. Tear. Seriously! I was shocked myself.  Don’t misunderstand, I was generally sad but not tear shedding sad.

I should also mention since this is in fact an audiobook review that the narrator, Kate Rudd did a great job. She’s not my favorite but her voice was enjoyable. I also learned listening to the end credits that John Green read a version and while it would be odd to listen to a book read by a male character when the actual book is narrated by a female character, I think I would have enjoyed listening to John Green narrate it. I do love John Green’s voice! It’s sexy-nerdy! Lol.

So there you have it my super long review about a book that made everyone it the world cry, except me!  

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  1. I actually DID cry (just a little bit) but I didn't like the book even as much as you did LOL. I listened to the audio as well but I really didn't like the narrator's voice at all. I think it kind of ruined the book for me, just a little bit. Even still, didn't knock my socks off like it did for everyone else!
    You're not alone! :)

    1. Glad I'm not alone! It was really more 3.5 but I don't do half cows (because that would be really mean cutting a cow into) and round up. Lol.


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