Get to Know YA Sensation John Green With the Audible Performance of “The Fault in Our Stars”
I’ve mentioned John Green and The Fault in Our Stars before in passing. While I think Green’s YA novels are perhaps overrated, I loved TFiOS and like what it’s done for the YA genre. Hazel Grace Lancaster is no Bella Swan. Cancer isn’t just used as the dramatic backdrop of their teen romance, it was a way to focus on the existentialist dilemma we all face: that we don’t necessarily matter to the rest of the world, but what makes life, however long it is, worth living is at least mattering to each other. And for all the critique the book and movie have gotten regarding the myopia of sick-lit, I think it’s important that there’s a novel out there accessible to teens that confronts the issue that the terminally ill are still complete people rather than broken, false starts of a life.
While I adored Shailene Woodley in the movie adaption, I think Kate Rudd’s reading added a beautiful sensitivity to the already poignant story. She gives Hazel a sly humor, laced with chronic teenaged fragility and gives Augustus the slow drawl of a cocky teen nevertheless choosing his words very carefully to impress his crush.