Publisher: Dutton Books, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Literature
Source: The Public Library
My Rating: A+
My daughter, Candice, and I both read The Fault In Our Stars because her daughter, Q, told us we had to. I’m very proud that my beloved granddaughter is not only an avid reader, but a passionate and discriminating reader as well. When she told us we had to read this book, she only told us two specific things about it:
- John Green is a genius, and
- I guarantee you will cry at the end.”
With a recommendation like that, how could we not read it? Candice read it first and, in turn, told me I had to read it. Really. She said I’d be sorry if I didn’t. So now, here we are, with three generations having read the book and absolutely loving it. It’s a story that all ages can identify with, understand, and enjoy.
The story is about Hazel and Augustus. They are both teenagers and both with terminal illnesses. They are quite intelligent and the conversation between them is witty, rapid, and right-on-target. When they meet at a “kids-with-cancer-support-group” they are immediately attracted to each other. Aside from illness, they have a lot in common. Readers can see them falling in love right away.
Hazel and Augustus were in agreement that they did not want to be treated according to their illnesses. No babying or coddling or being treated as if they were handicapped. And, they both refuse to let their illnesses stop them from having the richest life possible.
As they fell in love, I also fell in love with Hazel and Augustus. They were so well developed. I also liked Hazel’s mom and dad. There is an author in the story that we are supposed to despise and I did. I also enjoyed going along on a traveling adventure with them. (I’m trying hard not to include any spoilers here even though I want to tell you the whole story.)
I listened to the audiobook version. It was read by Kate Rudd and she greatly enriched the experience for me. It was beautifully done. I could really hear the teenagers’ unique voices through Ms. Rudd’s. I understand why it won the 2013 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobooks. A plus at the end was an interview with John Green in which he shared his own insights on the characters of Hazel and Augustus.
My granddaughter was right about the genius of John Green. I will definitely read more of his books. Q was, however, wrong about me crying at the end. I cried off and on all the way through the book. Not just at the sad parts, but I also cried at the honest and quirky parts. It was indeed a sweet love story.
And now, I must pass on my recommendation to you. Yes, you have to read The Fault In Our Stars.