Audio Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Age Group: Teen
Source: Library
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Rating: 4.75 out of 5 stars

Summary 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.

My Thoughts

I often hear people talk about reading outside their comfort zone.  Well, The Fault in Our Stars is so far outside my comfort zone; I normally wouldn’t go near a book like this with ten foot pole.  I know, that sounds extreme, and before any nerdfighters/John Green fans start throwing tomatoes, let me explain.  I know John  Green is an amazing writer, and I know he is ridiculously talented.  But I do not enjoy books that I know will be sad.  And when I say I don’t enjoy them, I pretty much mean I hate them.  I know some people find that kind of story cathartic, but I just feel depressed.  For weeks.  I can’t sleep, I can’t stop thinking about how sad it was.  Not really a fun experience.

But, it is John Green!  I love John and Hank Green’s youtube channel, vlogbrothers, and I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book.  I knew I needed to read it but I kept putting it off.  Finally I decided to read it via audiobook, even though I heard some people say the audiobook wasn’t good.  I actually liked the narrator, though, particularly her voice for Hazel.

I am really glad that I finally read this book.  Is it sad?  You betcha.  Did I look up the plot before I read the book?  Yep.  I know, that sounds awful, but I needed to prepare myself.  But knowing the ending didn’t make this book any less amazing! The characters in The Fault in Our Stars are so well-developed.  Hazel and Augustus were so realistic, and just so nice.  Sure, some things they said were a little difficult to imagine teens saying, but who knows, maybe some teens do talk like that.  And let’s face it, these are not your typical teens.

The secondary characters were wonderfully developed as well.  I particularly liked Gus’s best friend Isaac.  But Hazel’s mother was wonderful too.  And although I didn’t really like Peter Von Hauten as a character, he had a distinct personality, and everything he said, I could picture him saying.

Anyway, I do recommend this to everyone (if there is anyone out there that hasn’t read it).  Be prepared to be blown away by John Green’s talent, but also have a couple boxes of tissues close at hand.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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10 Responses to Audio Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

  1. Lucy says:

    I understand you wanting to know about the plot before you read it, especially because of the subject matter. My tolerance towards sad has gone down lately and I like the heads up too. I’m glad that you enjoyed it in the end though! The characters really are great.

  2. Liesel Hill says:

    LOL. Thanks for the review. I’m kind of the opposite of you. Don’t get me wrong–I love and definitely PREFER a happy ending, but I also feel like I connect with the characters and story more if there’s at least some tragedy. I haven’t read this one yet, but it’s on my list. Hopefully soon! Great post! 😀

  3. Sydney says:

    I need to read “The Fault in Our Stars”. It’s stepping out of my genre too but it sounds amazing! I’m a sucker for tragic stories and crying my heart out.

  4. One of the reasons I don’t read many issue-books or contemporaries about difficult subjects is because they have the potential to hit so close to home. I do own this book, however, and I don’t think my experience reading only one of John Green’s books so far does him justice as the YA author behemoth that he is. I feel a little relieved that you are prone to strong emotions from similar types of books but seemed to fare well for reading this. I’ll have to pick it up soon.

    • Quinn says:

      I am definitely prone to strong emotions with all sorts of books. And TFIOS is not the sort of book I would normally read, but I knew if I didn’t I would regret it forever. But it is very sad, so do prepare yourself.

  5. I’ll have to read this soon! I’ve been putting it off because I tend to stay away from sad stories, but it sounds really good!

    • Quinn says:

      I’m the same way. I stay away from sad stories, but I really wanted to read this because I have heard nothing but great things. So I finally bit the bullet, and I am glad that I did. It’s sad, but it is excellent.

  6. April Books & Wine says:

    I think it’s fine to look up the ending in order to prepare yourself for an emotionally harrowing experience. I mean, you are taking care of yourself emotionally and I can’t fault you for that.

    Also. I really liked the audiobook of The Fault In Our Stars as well. I thought the narrator was a great fit for Hazel.

  7. Dixie says:

    This was one of my favorite books this year.

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