The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

fault in our stars

The Fault In Our Stars
John Green
Brilliance Audio, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4558-6987-9
FORMAT: Audio Book
AGES: Young Adult5 Stars

I read this book as part of the 2013 YALSA The Hub Reading Challenge. So far for the challenge I have read:
25. The Diviners by Libba Bray
24. The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez
23. The White Bicycle by Beverley Brenna
22. Dodger by Terry Pratchett
21. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
20. Stargazing Dog by Takashi Murakami
19. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
18. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
17. My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
16. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
15. In Darkness by Nick Lake
14. Crusher by Niall Leonard
13. Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
12. The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, and Nate Powell
11. Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
10. Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert
9. Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
8. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
6. Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
5. We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson
4. Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
3. Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal
2. Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
1. Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose

So, if you are paying attention you will notice that I already have 25 books on this particular list…meaning that I have already finished this challenge. However, one of the first books (or rather audio books) that I put on hold was John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. And it never came because it was just too popular of a book and an audio recording. [Note: there was also a second book that I put on hold clear back in January…and I think I will finally be able to finish that one before this challenge ends as well…I hope.] So, even though I raced to read 25 books….because this was one of the ones that I really wanted to read for this challenge, I’m still including it. And that is why I haven’t told YALSA that I finished the challenge yet. Because there are the two books I was waiting to listen to that I wanted on my list of books read.

All I knew going into this book was that it made all my friends cry and that it was one of their favorite books that they had read all year. And now, dear friends, I can say, “I get it.”

Hazel is slowly dying of cancer. And since her parents want her to have friends and do more than just sit at home and die, they force her to go to support group. There she meets Augustus Waters. He is smart, quirky, and intrigues her. And he has survived cancer (minus a leg that had to be amputated), so he gets her moods and her life and her concerns in a way that many other “healthy” people don’t. But life for someone who is doomed to die is never easy. With fluid constantly getting in her lungs and doctors watching her life, she knows that she won’t live to change the world in the way that many kids dream of. But with Gus it doesn’t matter quite so much. He makes her happy to just be her. But that is the problem. She is her and as such she will die, sooner than later. So Hazel tries to keep Augustus at a safe distance so that he won’t get hurt by her turning into a “grenade” that will die on him. But in the days she has left to live, she does choose to live. And she is starting to think she can’t do that without Gus.

I totally loved this book. It was well-written and thoughtful and sad and funny all at the same time. These are good characters that will inspire just from the pure fact that they continually choose to live despite the rotten hand life dealt them. I also liked that Hazel was a reader. She loved one particular book that is as much of a character as Hazel or Augustus or Hazel’s parents are. And the details of Indiana as well as Amsterdam were amazing. Basically I think John Green is a genius, and this book is just another example of how my opinion is a fact. Well done, John. Well done!

As an added bonus not only was the audio recording great, but it had a fun Q&A with John Green at the end. I liked hearing some great questions asked and answered. But then again I tend to love listening to the story behind the story that authors often tell in these sort of bonus features. But this one was particularly interesting.

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