The Fault in Our Stars

by John Green

Penguin Group US | January 10, 2012 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Fault in Our Stars is rated 4.4118 out of 5 by 34.

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.

 

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Published: January 10, 2012

Publisher: Penguin Group US

Language: English

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ISBN - 13: 9781101569184

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from . Learning about death has given me inspiration to live.
Date published: 2015-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED THIS BOOK! Loved every minute of this book, very emotional. So good.
Date published: 2015-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Will you see the faults and the beauty? This beautiful but faulted story comes with its own smiles and tears. You will find yourself reading and wondering why a page has drops of water on it. Tears. Augustus Water's has an eye for beauty. Hazel Grace Landcaster shares her opinion of death and oblivion. This couple fell in love in the matter of days (even if Hazel didn't admit this right away). John Green lets his reader see past the faults of character's and see beauty. Throughput the story you will encounter a bit of comedy, romance, an tragedy.
Date published: 2015-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i love this the book is an amazing book. funny, romantic and sad. the author is an incredible author
Date published: 2015-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Fault in Our Stars A lovely lovely story. A beautiful story about love found and lost. It will make you smile and it will make you cry. For people who love words strung together beautifully, this book hosts some of the nicest quotes that I have come across in a long time. Do not be turned-away because of the "teen fiction" label, I thoroughly enjoyed it as an adult. Though it is an easy read.
Date published: 2015-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engaging read My sister and I decided to read this book simultaneously over the summer last year and we were both glad we did. John Green created a story that allowed us to visualize the characters and their lives in a way that connected you right away. Although Hazel and Augustus are teenagers, adults can relate to the very real circumstances as two people fall in love and deal with terminal illness, parents put on a brave face as they watch their children's health decline which no parent wants to ever do and we face the truth that no one is immune to the ups and downs of life. This was an easy read that kept me turning the pages to the end of this beautiful story.
Date published: 2015-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book read in so many years! five stars are not enough, I'm not sure where to start for this beautiful book. It has left me speechless and unable to write anything because I know anything I'd write about this soulful book would not do justice to the story. It's beautifully crafted with the story of Hazel Grace who has cancer and meets a guy Augustus Waters (another cancer patient) and they both fall in love. Although I knew the book would have a tragic end, still, the conversation between Hazel and Augustus kept me smiling all the time. It was heart-wrenching to know that they won't last but I still hoped of some miracle. I simple loved this book and would recommend everyone to read it--no matter if you read romance or not...just read it. It will make you cry and laugh at the same time.
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book When I bought tfios, I read it in one day. It is one of the best books I have ever read. Of course it's getting commercial and all because of the movie, but the book is still a masterpiece. Bring a box of tissues when you read it because you'll cry. A lot.
Date published: 2014-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Artist of the Written Word John Green paints a beautiful picture with his brilliant use of the written word. The event, while unlikely to happen in our reality, form a flawless story worthy of the Queen's eyes. Hazel-Grace and Augustus Waters are unforgettable. Their love is everything you could hope for and more. The movie, while great in itself, simply doesn't give the book justice.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written... Speak|April 8, 2014|Trade Paperback|ISBN # 978-0-14-242417-9 Sixteen-year-old, Hazel is dying of cancer and is permanently connected to oxygen which she carries on a little wheeled cart behind her. She attends a Cancer Support Group for teenagers where she meets, Agustus, a seventeen-year-old male who is also dying of cancer. At first their friendship is just that, a friendship but over time they begin to fall in love and what a love story it is. They both end up reading the same book and are quite dismayed when the author leaves the ending to the story blank. It just about drives them crazy not knowing what happens to the characters in the book. Augusts and Hazel write a letter to the author asking him if he'll tell them his thoughts on the proper ending to the book. After much back and forth, the author finally invites them to come to Holland to find out. Augustus uses his 'One Wish' from the Wish Foundation to get him and Hazel to Holland for a 3-day trip to meet with the author to find out the answers they're both so desperately seeking. Hazel's mother will accompany them on the trip as a chaperone. Once in Holland their expectations are drastically altered and what they find is devastating to them both. This isn't what they signed up for and are severely disheartened. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS will make you laugh and make you cry. You'd best keep a box of kleenex next to you while you're reading this one. I read it in one sitting it was THAT good!!! Beautifully written.
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Book! I read this fiction book after my daughter; who has cancer did. It was a great story that left me in tears a lot. I am not a big reader but I couldn't put the book down. It helped us both understand how some people feel and deal with cancer. Once I finished the book we watched the movie. I cried watching the movie too but not as much as I did reading the book. John Green is a good author and I look forward to reading more of his books. Taught me a lot about the word CANCER!
Date published: 2014-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 for all the tears Okay, okay. I know this book is so much for the chicks. With after the so much hype I gave this book a go. But geez this made me fall into tears-after-tears. I do not usually read books that are intended for the YA group but this book by John Green gave me a little more different perspective and I thank hm for that. Now I might be bringing back my my inner youth in me. The characters are very relatable in a sense that you don't need to have an illness or imminent death to feel what they are going through. Perhaps this novel is a good read for all people to give them a glimpse of what its and how does it feel like living with cancer. Now I am looking forward to see other John Green novels. BTW: I did not like the movie adaptation. I did not cry as much as I did while reading the book.
Date published: 2014-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Made my girlfriend cry I didn't actually read the book - it was part of a series of bday gifts for the girlfriend. However, she said she enjoyed it and that it made her cry. So I think that's a good thing.
Date published: 2014-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable This book is amazing, touching and life changing! It completely changes the way that we think of life and love. This book will keep you thinking about everything that you think you know about love long after you finish it. It's the story of two teenagers who learn to love each other, despite their difficulties and flaws. Read this book, and you will never regret it and you will never forget it. In this book the characters are not perfect, which is why most people who have read it can relate to it and love it. Overall, this book is an epic love story that, if you read it you will never forget it.
Date published: 2014-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so manny emotions! this book made me feel so many emotions! I recommend this books to everyone, guy or girl, adult or teenager! It's a really good book!
Date published: 2014-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changing This book is something that will change your life forever. It teaches us that love is precious, it teaches us to appreciate life in a new way. This book is worth any price and I believe everyone should have a chance to read this. John Green is a genius. This book will make you laugh, cry, smile, and lie awake at night. It is definitely something you should read.
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching! I really enjoyed this book more then I had expected to. I've read many romance novels from adult romance to teen romance, but this one was different. It really did touch me in ways other teen romances haven't especially when Augustus begins getting really sick. I saw the movie and then read the book and there are things from the book that they changed in the movie but both are still good! It's not a book about cancer, but instead about a boy and a girl who have cancer and find each other at a cancer support group. Two very intelligent young people who fall in love.
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This book took me 3.5 hours to read from start to finish. It was beautifully written and touched my heart.
Date published: 2014-07-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from over-hyped book I felt this book was simplistic and actually not entirely realistic. It has a worn-out and predictable story line, and writing that is very basic.
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Over-hyped I was not a fan of this piece and the more I read fiction from John Green I come to realize how simple and utterly unimpressive his work is. He has a large internet following due to his success on youtube and that is all I can say about the success of this and his other works. The story was predictable and characters fell flat. The leading male, in particular was written with one goal and that was to be adored by the audience. Despite this being a "story about kids with cancer," but not being a book about cancer... there was a lot of cancer. You can put lipstick on a pig but it is still a pig. Well, you can put a love story in a book about kids with cancer but it is still a book about kids with cancer.
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Undeniably sad, but also beautiful and heartfelt The Fault in Our Stars is the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, an empathetic 16-year-old girl with thyroid cancer. She has been battling the illness since the age of 12, and a new drug seems to have stopped the cancer’s progress. She needs to be hooked to an oxygen tank though to help her breathe, and she totes the device wherever she goes. However, illness has isolated her, and she spends most of her time at home with her parents. So her mother asks her to go to a support group for young cancer survivors, hoping she will make new friends there. That’s where Hazel meets Augustus, a handsome boy with grand ambitions. Their friendship grows into love as they spend more and more time together. They become obsessed with a book, An Imperial Affair by Peter Van Houten, and they wish they could meet the author in Amsterdam to clarify questions about the ending. Most of the time, they try to live like normal teenagers, but cancer cannot exactly be ignored… Hazel’s character is based on Esther Earl, an American girl who had thyroid cancer and passed away at the age of 16 in 2010. John Green met her at a Harry Potter convention, and they became friends. However, the author had already started working on a book about cancer before he even knew Esther. In fact, it took him 10 years to write The Fault in Our Stars. The idea came to him when he worked as a children’s chaplain in a hospital. In this capacity, he saw first-hand the ravages of cancer, and he wanted to write about it. The title of the book comes from a line in the Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves.” John Green disagreed with this statement, as he believed the world to be a very unjust place. The suffering and death of children in particular made the author angry. So he decided to address these feelings in his book. While The Fault in Our Stars is undeniably sad, it is also beautiful and very heartfelt. In addition, the fact that the story is told from Hazel’s point of view makes it all the more real to the reader. Unfortunately, Esther Earl never got to read the book, but I’m sure she would have loved it. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.
Date published: 2014-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from exceptional reading right here Really good story. You would never know that a man was the writer, because Hazel's voice is loud and clear. Green really takes you to a first look at what it is to be a youth with terminally sickness. He doesn't make you feel sorry for them (like you think you would). But you become so engrossed in their lives that you want to know more and more. Two great extremely likable and witty characters in fictional reading. Great chemistry together and the reader will enjoy following Hazel and Augustus. They are also hilarious yet real it's as if these two truly did exist. I'm looking forward to reading more of Green's book. I think I'm going to pick up Paper Towns.
Date published: 2014-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful and Beautifuly Written! ** may contain spoilers** The Fault In Our Stars by John Green is a cancer story that is not about cancer, it’s really about the lives of some remarkable individuals who just happen to have cancer. Readers follow the lives of Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters, along with their mutual friend Isaac, through their ups and downs. We get to follow their little infinity and learn just how powerful the word “Okay” can be. This is one of the most powerful stories I have read, and good news it’s coming out as a movie REALLY soon (Officially June 6th but I get to see it June 5th). You experience the highs and lows that Hazel experiences along with her, John Green writes in a way that makes the words come alive on the page. You get to travel to Amsterdam with her, and fall in-love with Augustus as she does — “It’s a metaphor” — the chemistry between the two main characters is simply amazing, it’s raw, and it’s real! But yet, it’s not a love story that would only appeal to girls, I know of many guys as well who have fallen in love with this book. This is one of my all time top ten books and I will give it 5/5 stars simply because I love it that much. If you haven’t read it GO READ IT, preferably before you see the movie (that John Green himself approved of) and let me know what you think! Thank you John Green for such an amazing and powerful novel! *warning make sure you have Kleenex as every time I’ve read this book I became a hot mess of tears*
Date published: 2014-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from TFIOS! Best Book! The Fault In Our Stars is a very emotional book that is not like other books. The book is highly recommended by me to all the people who love reading books. Even if you're not a fan of reading I'm sure you'll like this book. This book is about Hazel (a cancer patient) that is insisted into going to a support group for teens with cancer by her parents. Hazel having thyroid cancer, has to carry a tank of oxygen with her everywhere she goes. The tank is attached to her nose so she can receive oxygen, since her lungs can't do that for her. This book has a lot of pros and cons that come with it. Even though the the book has one con in my personal opinion the book has way more pros to beat it. There are are a lot of pros to this book and some of them are: the book is a very romantic book if you're into romance, the book is very very very inspirational and one other major thing I liked about this book and you'll like is, the book has a lot of of twists and turns. Usually books like this end with a happily ever after but not this book. Im not going to spoil the book but the book is not normal. It is very interesting in its own way, which is why I love this book so much and why so many other people love this book so much as well. When I say love this book I mean I know people who have read this book 6 times. Thats how good this book is. When Hazel goes to support group she meets a boy named Angustus (Gus) who has been free of cancer for years but mostly goes to support group for accompanying his friend, Isaac.When Angustus and Hazel meet a lot of things happen in between them, that may or may not make them develop feelings for each other. For anyone out there that like romantic and emotional books this is the book for you. It will make you laugh, cry and maybe will make you stay up all night thinking about it. This book is so good that you might even hate it because of that.
Date published: 2014-06-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Awful This book failed all my expectations. From first hand experience of cancer it was terrible. I can't believe he did such an awful job. I would never recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well Written This book doesn't have an exceptional story line. There are lots of books about cancer where people fall in love and someone dies. What makes it different though is that it is so well written and John Green makes the characters very life like and likeable.
Date published: 2014-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautifully written!! this book made me cry! at first it was because of hazel and augustus's cuteness together, but as i kept reading it was because of something else. no matter how much damage that book did to me, it also inspired me and thousands of others out there in the world!! i used to only read fantasy/adventure books but after reading this i got interested in other genres too and now my bookshelf consists of all kinds of books. i seriously recommend this book to any big reader out there; no matter what genres you're into this book will pull you into its fanbase. so basically, what i'm trying to say is this book is perfection, legendary.
Date published: 2014-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fav <><> this book was amazing! the first half of the book was cute because it was just about the two and their relationship! but as you near the end you should definitely have like 5 kleenex boxes with you! but no matter what that book did to me it's still one of the best books i've ever read (if not the best). but what i especially liked about the book was that it wasnt really about cancer; it was more about hazel and augustus's love for each other. i'm usually into fantasy/adventure books but this book really made me start reading things outside my genre, and now my bookshelf consists of all kinds of books! john green really did an amazing job and inspired so many with that book.
Date published: 2014-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Here's a book for you, non- fiction fans! ‘Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.’ (Green, 189). This is just one of the great quotes in this amazing non-fiction novel, The fault in our stars, by John Green. 16 year old, Hazel Grace is forced to go to a support group. She’s had cancer for a while, but looks like it did her a favor because without it, she wouldn’t have met her new love, Augustus Waters. I really enjoyed reading this novel. I thought it was the by far the best book I’ve read this year. The fault in our stars is so interesting and it is filled with plenty of details. It was not hard at all to concentrate! I really admired Hazel Grace. She made people feel good about themselves and she was going through so much with her life, but she stayed strong the whole time. Cancer is a hard thing to deal with, especially knowing you won’t make it very much longer, but Hazel Grace didn’t show that. I would definitely rate this book a 4.5/5. The fault in our stars is not for younger children. I don’t think they would be able to really understand what it was about. I think anyone over the age of 12 should try reading this book. If you start you’ll never want to stop! I would recommend this to people who like sad, but romantic non-fiction novels. This was such a great book because it was so interesting and it was the type of books I like. I really think you should try reading The fault in our stars, by John Green.
Date published: 2014-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes, I cried The first two hundred pages or so is very much a light read, filled with happy times. While the last part...... lets just say to have tissues at the ready. I enjoyed the more realistic perspective John Green puts on cancer, and cancer survivors/ patients. I also enjoyed the funny parts in the book (I discovered you can be laughing with tears of sadness running down your face).
Date published: 2014-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing story I wanted to read this book before the movie came out, because I really think you can get way more out of a book then a movie. This was an amazing story, very touching and humorous! I highly recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2014-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a gem! I recently purchased this novel based on a suggestion made by one of my friends, and I am glad I followed her advice! This novel was full of rich description and surprising plot twists.
Date published: 2014-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABSOLUTELY GREAT! I read this book about a year ago, when it was just becoming popular. And I must say since then all I could think about was the book, how it was written and the story itself. John Green as since become one of my all time favourite authors. Its not only a teenager's book but an adult one too. I recommend it to everyone, and I hope they love and enjoy it as much as possible. NOW with the movie coming out I am counting down the days!
Date published: 2014-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read Brought this book on vacation with me, wanting to read it before the movie came out. Finished it in less than two days, then lent it to my cousin who read it one morning waiting for us all to wake up! Such a smooth read. I don't usually laugh or cry while reading books, but this one made me do both.
Date published: 2014-04-28
Rated out of 5 by from Amazingly, given the plot, I laughed non-stop for almost the whole book. It was only as I got to the end that I started bawling like baby. But John Green just has that power with his words and this is a book that, no matter how much praise you hear sung about it, it will never be over-rated. I feel he did the depressing part of any sort of terminal disease justice while keeping the reader from falling into their own depression - at least not allowing it for too long. ;) But still, it was written so believably that after I finished it, I actually looked for the book they kept referencing in it and after I leant it to my cousin, the first thing I told her once she finished was "no, that other book doesn't actually exist." She wanted to look for it too, so I saved her the trouble! Haha
Date published: 2013-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! (not just for young readers) I picked this up not knowing it was for young adults as I'm a full-fledged adult. :) I loved this book! It's funny and real and heartbreaking. You will love the main characters as you journey with them through this story. Would recommend it for adults and teens. Cancer is the tie that binds these characters together, so it can be a bit heavy for really young or sensitive readers. Fabulous storytelling!
Date published: 2013-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing, fantastic, heart warming, absolute perfection all i have to say is, read. this. book. trust me.
Date published: 2013-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I lit up like a Christmas Tree ;) Great book, especially for those that understand what it means to be a "professionally sick person." John Green has a talent at understand the depth and toll disease can take on a person's life. The book is readable and generally geared towards an adolescent audience. Though, it's still a good book for anyone inclined to know more! The concept of being a grenade was wonderfully constructed. Read this book!!
Date published: 2013-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I've ever read This book was absolutely amazing. It just blows my mind how well John Green wrote this novel. I couldn't stop telling people how much I loved the book. I am not at all an emotional person and never have I cried watching a movie or reading a book. This novel, however, was the closest I've ever come to shedding a tear. Well done! I loved Hazel and Augustus. Oh how I wish there was a guy like Augustus in my life! Hazel was humorously matter-of-fact and sophisticated. While reading, I learned that Gus desired to live a significant life or die a significant death. What I loved about the book was that it required lots of thinking and it was very deep. There was lots of advanced vocabulary (I needed to look up many of the words!), symbolism, and deep ideas/thoughts about simple concepts. There was lots of dry humour which is something I absolutely adore in books. I just loved the words that were used-- picked so perfectly and precisely. VERY well written. The only thing that was unrealistic about the book was the speech. People don't speak like that in real life. The novel characters always/often knew what to say and they spoke a bit too clever. Overall, it really was a breath-taking book. I rarely reread books, but this is a story I would love to experience again!
Date published: 2013-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking Cancer is real. It's something that haunts millions of people around this world, and having read a novel that retells a reality that so many have to go through each and every day, really opened my eyes to the miserable existence of such a horrific circumstance. You hear stories of people who have had to deal with disease and you think, "Why?" It's so unjustified, and yet, it is something that will never cease to exist. Cancer will, as long as we are living, take people's lives. It's unfair and cruel, but it's true. There are stories that you feel immediately connected to in some way, and this was definitely one of those books that I couldn't put down. Hazel and Augustus are not your typical teenage lovers, they have to battle something that most teenagers don't even think about throughout their daily lives. The most amazing thing about this story is that, while cancer is painful and can reach a point of no return, Hazel and Augustus took the time they had together, although short, and made it into something real and important. While people die everyday of cancer, there will always be at least one other individual who will cherish that person and protect their significance, no matter how small. In my eighteen years of existence, I have known people who have had to battle cancer, some more closely than others. When I was a little girl, my grandfather died of cancer, and while, I was young and didn't understand much of the world around me, deep down I knew that I would never see my grandfather again. As I grew older, I began to accept that cancer happens to people. It comes and it steals their lives, as it did to my grandfather, and even though I will never see my grandfather in my physical reality, I will see him one day in heaven. I miss him, but I know that he's smiling down on me each and every day. Cancer happens. Death happens. Most of us will know someone in our lifetimes that will experience this curse, and who knows, maybe it'll be us personally. But the most important thing to remember is to be true to ourselves. Be alive while you can still live. Find peace, and others will eventually do the same.
Date published: 2013-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing I love this book, I am partial to it due to my own medical history but it is written so well, the characterization is perfect. My mom loved it! I loved it! its more than just a teen novel.
Date published: 2013-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from phenominal I picked up this book having no idea what the story was about, only going off everyone saying that "this is a fantastic book!" I am now gladly one of those people who worship in the presence of this book and have read it over and over. The story is amazing, filled with love, heart break, sadness, laughter and it just felt so real! I didn't feel like the characters were trying to hard or that it was so cheesy it was unrealistic. Everything that happened felt so real and natural that it was like I was living Hazel's life. I was always a fan of John Green before this book but after reading it and become a die-hard nerdfighter this is, without a doubt, my favourite book written by my favourite author. I don't think I'll ever find another fiction love story that will make me feel the way this books has made me. Well done John Green, well done.
Date published: 2013-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful & Heart Wrenching I laughed. I cried. I laughed. I cried again. Beautifully written story about love and cancer struggles. The Faults in Our Stars was such a heart wrenching story, it followed Hazel and her journey with cancer. While at a cancer support group Hazel meets Augustus and his best friend, which starts a beautiful friendship among the three of them. Hazel doesn't want to get involved, she just wants to read. Hazel figures she's dying and doesn't want to burden anybody with her leaving very soon. Before her lungs fill with water again and she feels like she's drowning in her own body. Her friendship with Gus changes how she feels about leaving without loving anyone other than her family but she still struggles with leaving her family and now new friends heartbroken when her time is up.
Date published: 2013-07-08
Rated out of 5 by from This book is absolutely, hands-down, one of my favourite books of all time. It's written very well and really gives you a different perspective on life. I thought it might be a bit of a depressing book, but it was the exact opposite. The characters are very well-developed, and don't seem just like characters in a fictional book, they seem like real people. You fall in love with them, that's how well-developed they are. They're your friends. It gives you an insight on what it's like to have someone close to you die, and what it would be like to have someone close to you be diagnosed with cancer. A definite tear-jerker, I would suggest going out and buying about 5 boxes of tissues. A must-read for all teens. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2013-07-03
Rated out of 5 by from "WOW. Just amazing. I LOVE to read. I have read an extremely large amount of books but this was in my top five favorites. I definitely recommend it. John Green made you feel what the characters are feeling. It was a mixture of emotions. At times I wanted to cry but I laughed on others. I read the entire book in one day. You should buy it right now. It's definitely worth the money. I will be reading it again soon and more times to come. SUCH A GOOD BOOK!!!"
Date published: 2013-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I really enjoyed this book. It didn’t seem like a normal depressing cancer book after I read it, but more a book about people that have cancer. One minute it’s happy the other minute it’s sad. This book shows me the reality of cancer and the effect it has on people, especially teenagers. I would recommend this book!
Date published: 2013-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love this Book! I love this book! I will be rereading it multiple times, this book surprised me, made me laugh, cry, feel anger and love! It is a smart book and everyone should read it at least once!
Date published: 2013-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can I just cry now? Despite The Fault In Our Stars being a YA novel, I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful — yet tragic — piece. From the first chapter, Hazel became a memorable character. She didn’t speak or think like the usual female heroines you see in most young adult novels, which was refreshing for me. She was determined in her seclusion, her situation and her future, and she didn’t care tuppence about what others thought of her — that is, until Augustus entered her life. He was her funny bone. He breathed fresh air into her atmosphere and renewed her outlook on life. They both gave each other just another reason to live. But, of course, once you began to fall in love with the characters, you knew something bad was lurking around the corner. I won’t say what, however, because I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t read it yet. The characters were enticing, and each relationship between the characters only strengthened the story. I must say, though, I was not a fan of Peter Van Houten. I found him annoying and every scene he was in only dragged the story down just a bit. I’m not entirely sure what John Green’s reason was to include him, except perhaps to show Hazel and Augustus (and us too) that not everyone could live up to their expectations; disappointment will sometimes occur in life and they must rise with each challenge they meet. Still, he could have made Van Houten a little more bearable for the readers. On the whole, though, The Fault In Our Stars was a fantastic introduction to John Green’s work, and I can’t wait to read more of his stories! To view more of my book reviews, visit: http://booksteame.com/
Date published: 2013-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put it Down! I bought this book as a recommendation from a friend who has similar literature interests as I do. I AM SO GLAD I READ IT. Wow. Seriously I couldn't put it down, which caused me to read it within 24 hours. The characters in this novel are teenagers, and yet are so relateable to readers of all ages; and the topic of cancer is so relevant today which makes it increasingly applicable. If you want a good (and easy) read, pick up a copy of this novel - you WILL NOT regret it. Guaranteed.
Date published: 2013-05-07
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Date published: 2013-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No fault in these stars I really enjoyed this book. It had wonderful pithy dialogue reminiscent of all movies starring Michael Serra. The novel is written for a young adult audience, but it is really relatable at any age, and highly recommended. The story is tragic, but there is no pity written into these characters. Hazel Grace and Augustus are beautifully written, joyous human beings suffering under cruel circumstances, and rising above them with a rarely seen sentiment, love and compassion.
Date published: 2013-04-23
Rated out of 5 by from The Fault In Our Stars smelled really good.
Date published: 2013-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There are few books as Fantabulous as this one! Hazel Grace is an enlightened 16 year old girl, and the narrator of her seemingly inglorious story of her battle with pain and social apathy. "Sickness really does eat up one's passion for life." "That's the thing about pain, it demands to be felt." However, 17 year old Augustus is quickly introduced to the plot and suddenly Hazel has an equal to challenge her mind. It was not long before I had to pry the book out of my hands, find a note book, and start writing out quotes that I'm sure I will be using for years to come. Suffice it to say, "I fell in love with this book the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once." To read more of my review on this book see my blog: CharlieBooks.blogspot.ca
Date published: 2013-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enriched The most memorable novels are those that put life into perspective and indirectly teach without preaching. This novel did exactly that. Through the witty, light hearted characters and thought provoking dialogue, John Green created a love story so refreshing and so deep, it will remain as unforgotten as an old tale. It was an emotional rollercoaster that completely absorbed me; all while reminding me the essence of life and love.
Date published: 2013-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The fault of hype There is a danger of listening to and reading the rave reviews of other people about a book. "The Fault In Our Stars" fell victim to such danger. John Green gives a voice to his leading lady, and adeptly captures the emotions and thoughts of Hazel, and her star-crossed connection with Augustus. The brilliant parts of the novel I absolutely adored were the tender moments between our two leads, and the camaraderie amongst them and their good friend Isaac, who, actually, is my favourite character. Hazel, whom I don’t quite mind, is even-headed, and possesses quite the maturity and awareness of how she is in relation to the people around her. She is constantly pushing for her parents to lead a life of their own, in full-knowing of what would become of her. At one point, she corrects her mother of her situation: when, not if. This, in a way, stands true for us all. On the other hand, Augustus can be quite a dislikeable male lead. As charming and good-looking as he is, he is at times self-indulgent, even if he tries to downplay his attractiveness. The things he say come across as pretentious and illicit some minor eye-rolls. Green had made Augustus too much of a smart alec for his own good. By doing this, though, Green has provided readers, at least those who has a lesser opinion of Augustus, a good balance to the many sides of being a teenager, especially one fighting cancer. Both Hazel and Augustus, and Isaac too, are not only 'woe-is-me' teens that the readers have to take pity on because of their affliction, but they can be dislikable, they can be cheeky and make use of their "cancer perks" to their advantage. And when they do mope and lament, they are coming from a justifiable place, and are understandably sympathetic. There are some events that happen along the way that take readers out of a box that one might come to naturally restrict their minds to due to cancer being a huge part of the plot. It came as a nice surprise because it expanded the borders and changed the way I thought the story would progress. In fact, many a times, I would think I had the plot and the ending figured out, only to have Green prove to me that what I assumed were blatant plot devices, were in fact not as predictable and clichéd. "The Fault In Our Stars" is definitely a read I would recommend because of its realism in a time when YA is overwhelmed by dystopian and fantasy teen novels. It's a given, tears are to be expected. Perhaps it might touch you more and you might quickly identify with it, but it was overhyped it my books.
Date published: 2013-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amanzing! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have never read a book as quickly as I did with this one because I just simply couldn't put it down. It is amazingly beautiful and moving and would recommend this to anyone!
Date published: 2013-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Combination of 26 Letters Ever This book is absolutely breath taking. It left me completely speechless. I cried numerous times, out of sadness and joy. This book is so moving and so beautiful words cannot even describe how wonderful it is. I truly believe that everyone should read this book because it gives one such a new perspective of life, living, and death. It is a truly remarkable book. It contains the most beautifully simple, yet complex relationship between a boy and a girl and their battles against illness. This book is AMAZING. John Green is an absolute genius. A true wizard with words. The best combination of 26 letters I have ever read in my whole life. Beautiful.
Date published: 2013-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection The Good Stuff Damn you Green, you kept me up till 1:30 am and my eyes were still bloodshot in the morning from crying Realistic teens and I know its very hard to believe for a YA book but the parents are not a**holes -- I know so very rare Brilliant dark humour thrown in exactly where it is needed If you don't love these characters there is something seriously wrong with you Tough read as a Mom - cannot even imagine watching my child die Hazel is tough and funny and caring and well quite frankly someone to admire Hopeful - I know that sounds weird, but there is just something hopeful and reaffirming about the whole story Never saccharine or unrealistic Hate writing reviews for books I loved because I feel like I cannot express the right words to convey their brilliance Will be buying the rest of Green's books with my next paycheck Even the secondary characters are well developed Could not put it down - even-though I knew someone might not make it and it deals with kids suffering and have hard time reading that sort of story Everything just flows perfectly The Not So Good Stuff Did I mention how red my eyes were when I woke up the next day Favorite Quotes/Passages " I hated hurting him. Most of the time I could forget about it, but the inexorable truth is this. They might be glad to have me around, but I was the alpha and omega of my parent's suffering." "That's why I like you. Do you realize how rare it is to come across a hot girl who creates an adjectival version of the word pedophile? You are so busy being you that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are?" "Our city has a rich history, even though many tourists are only wanting to see the Red Light District" He paused. "Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin." Who Should/Shouldn't Read This one is pretty much for everyone. There is a sex scene but it is tasteful - just an FYI in terms of audience Tough read for parents especially those whose children have had/have cancer 5 Dewey's I received a copy of this at the Children's Breakfast at BEA 2012
Date published: 2012-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming, Beautiful, Real and Raw This is such a great book, definitly one of my all-time favourites. Their love story was not the typical love story. Its much deeper. This book scares me because it shows the reality of cancer and love. But it is so touching and deep, and is a story about REAL people with a REAL life and REAL problems. I cried, and i laughed. But, overall, I completly enjoyed every word of every sentance on every page. Its so FREAKING amazing!!
Date published: 2012-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Read I received this book as a gift and as it is categorized as young fiction, I was not sure what to expect. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the author's style of writing and I fell in love with the characters. I was also surprised at how much the book had me laughing. It was witty, funny and very thought-provoking.
Date published: 2012-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speechless **I have to admit to you, my thoughts are not quite so organized right now. What is happening to me right now is that I loved this book so much, I just do not know where to begin. I've said this so many times throughout reading this book, and I will say it again: John Green never disappoints. He is a genius who writes the best books ever and I will most likely frame his books in my room in a special glass case. That sounds creepy, but it's the truth. The thing about John Green's writing is that it's honest and truthful; he doesn't try to sugar coat anything and I think that it's important coming across contemporary books. Not everything in life will go the way you want it to; To quote the book, "The world is not a wish-granting factory". The Fault in Our Stars was amazing in so many ways and it's so hard for me to form it into words without just spewing out all these feelings I'm having as I'm typing this review. Hazel has a tumour that is currently at bay, but she's a terminal cancer patient. Augustus had osteosarcoma and is currently in remission. I think a major point in this book was of the legacy we leave behind when we die; will anyone remember us? Unbeknownst to them, they began leaving those marks on each other. It was great to just watch them grow on each other that it hurt so much to know that it wouldn't last. No guys, there isn't a miracle in this book besides the time where Hazel pulls through but has to drag around an oxygen tank. No miracles, no rainbows and unicorns, so don't expect one. It's called life, so deal with it. You can't control what happens, but you can make the best of it. The Fault in Our Stars certainly took a turn I hadn't expected so that when I read it, I almost bawled but I was in the mall at the moment. I cannot quote it without spoiling the book, but my heart just caved in as I read that one phrase over and over again. John Green just has a way of choosing exactly the right words to say that hit the right chords. If you don't know already, I have a major problem with "insta-love" that continues on without anything other than the guy being "nice" and "caring" and most importantly, sexy. But in this book, I think they fell in love with each other not only because they were both cancer patients and could, in a way, related to each other, but also because both of them actually felt comfortable around each other, trusted each other, and (as cheesy as this sounds) became the other's best friend. Even after being tortured by the depressing story that filled me with a sadness that I always like in books (that makes me sound weird, but I love books that make me cry), I started looking at the FAQ for this book on his website to furthermore torture myself. It was at that moment that I realized how many foreshadows I freaking missed! I was definitely on the lookout for them, and that was what I loved about this book as well! The Fault in Our Stars was full of symbolism and metaphors that I loved finding, so I was definitely annoyed at myself for missing some of them even though they weren't quite so obvious. If I read the whole book in my room all by my lonesome, I would have cried even more. But considering that I read some of it in a public place, I had to keep my emotions to myself. Sometimes I almost choked because it was funny but sad at the same time. If you loved John Green's other books, you should undoubtedly read this one as well. I know why I love his books: they are authentic, gritty, and bring out so many emotions that most books usually can`t.
Date published: 2012-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Memorable and Heartfelt Read A cancer support group might seem like an unlikely place to meet your true love, but for Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters the stars align and these two sweetly cynical souls find each other under what seems to be a dire moment in their lives. Through the heartwarming characters, John Green presents the bitter truth of life exactly as how it is lived. It is a story of finding love in the nooks and shadows of places long neglected, of discovering that happiness really does exist, and knowing that life is made up of a million moments worth noticing. This is a must read for fans of books like “Thirteen Reasons Why” or John Greens “Looking for Alaska”.
Date published: 2012-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story Of Strength & Courage Wow ! This book is awesome. John Green is a great writer, this is definitely not the last book I will read by him. Such a powerful story about teenagers living with a terminal cancer, it is intense and heartbreaking. The emotions felt throughout the book made me feel angry sometimes, why is this happening to them, they don't deserve it. And that's when you realize that it does happen every day, we just don't hear about it. A must read, story of strength, courage, love, friendship, family ! This book will make you feel all kinds of emotions. I really liked this book and recommend it.
Date published: 2012-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much LOVE for this book "Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same books over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death." Meet Hazel. She’s got cancer. It started as thyroid cancer, but now it’s in her lungs. There is no cure, but there is this miracle drug, Phalanxifor (Green points out in his acknowledgements that it’s a made up drug.), and although Hazel’s lungs are practically useless and she has to be hooked up to her oxygen tank all the time, she does okay. Except for, you know, the depression. Or whatever. Her parents insist that she go to the cancer survivor’s support group meeting – which she had grown to “to be rather kicking-and-screaming about” – and it is there that she meets Augustus Waters. He’s in remission after losing his leg below the knee from “a little touch of osteosarcoma.” Her immediate reaction: he’s hot. From this point on, I flew through the pages of John Green’s YA novel The Fault in Our Stars, alternately laughing and crying. Telling you much more about the plot won’t actually do the book any justice. Besides, it isn’t so much about what as it is about to whom. The Fault in Our Stars is driven by the magic that is Hazel and Augustus. Their relationship begins over an exchange of books (be still my heart). Hazel lends Augustus her favourite novel, An Imperial Affliction, the story of Anna, a girl with a rare cancer of the blood. But, Hazel says:… " ... it’s not a cancer book, because cancer books suck. Like, in cancer books, the cancer person starts a charity that raises money to fight cancer, right? And this commitment to charity reminds the cancer person of the essential goodness of humanity and makes him/her feel loved and encouraged because s/he will leave a cancer-curing legacy. But in AIA, Anna decides that being a person with cancer who starts a cancer charity is a bit narcissistic, so she starts a charity called The Anna Foundation for People with Cancer Who Want to Cure Cholera." Hazel has some unanswered questions about An Imperial Affliction. She has tried for months to get in touch with the book’s author, Peter Van Houten. When Augustus actually makes contact with Van Houten, it sends the pair on the trip of a lifetime. But much of that is plot and while the story might be predictable in many ways, there is nothing ordinary about this novel. Nothing. Hazel has been sick for a long time; she has already come to terms with her mortality. What she doesn’t know how to do is live. Augustus is the perfect antidote to her doldrums, beautiful and funny. And make no mistake – this book is funny. These kids know how to laugh at themselves. When Isaac, another member of the support group, loses his remaining eye to cancer he says: ” …people keep saying my other senses will improve to compensate, but CLEARLY NOT YET. Hi, Support Group Hazel. Come over here so I can examine your face with my hands and see deeper into your soul than a sighted person ever could.” As if navigating the thorny path to adulthood weren’t difficult enough, the teenagers in this book must also contend with bodies that have forsaken them. It is also heartbreaking to watch Hazel’s parents try to protect their daughter, even when they know they can’t. As a mom myself, I can only imagine how horrific it must be to care for a terminally ill child. Augustus sums it up best: “…the thing about pain…it demands to be felt.” Absolutely my favourite book this year
Date published: 2012-10-03
Rated out of 5 by from It is such a good book to read. All young teens should read it. Sarcasm and reality all in one.
Date published: 2012-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Story Not To Be Missed A dear friend of mine recommended that I read some of John Green's books, specifically this title. I'm glad he suggested it, because it substantially changed what I choose to read. In one word, I would simply describe this book as beautiful. I can tell you this much -- this isn't your everyday teen romance novel. It has a certain irrelevance to it that makes it captivating. John Green has taken the idea of "forbidden love" to a whole new level: one that deals with a monster most of us can somehow relate to; cancer. One might think that a topic such as this may not suggest a very romantic plot line, but you'll be surprised. It's filled with love and with heartbreak; something nearly every teenager is faced with sometime throughout their years as young adults. I can personally say that this book has changed my life for the better. Even if you swear on your life that you're not a "cryer", get your tissues ready for this one!
Date published: 2012-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Green's Best Work So Far A wile ago I decided that the best stories will make you laugh, cry and want to rip the book in half. At the time only Harry Potter met the bill for this until I read John Green's TFIOS. I haven't laughed so hard since the twins made jokes. I haven't cried so hard since Dumbledore died, and I definetly haven't wanted to rip a book in half since Umbrige was such a female dog. I have read all of Green's books except for Looking For Alaska (I'm waiting for it to be returned to the library) and this is definetly the best so far.
Date published: 2012-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely brilliant I read this book a few months ago but it has stuck in my head ever since. It is a great book of love, fear, illness and humour - John Green is a genius! This is a must-read for everyone of all ages.
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read This book is one of the greatest i have read so far, i loved the way John (the author) thought us in this book life is unpredictable and that we should live every second of our life like if it was the last one. This book is a must read and i dare you to read it without crying, its beautiful.
Date published: 2012-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful story that I'll read again and again This is my first John Green book that I’ve read, and to be honest I’d never even heard of John Green before my archaeology professor suggested watching his Crash Course: World History videos (by the way I’ve learned more watching his 12 minutes videos than a whole semester in class). In his videos, he was hilarious, engaging and informative, so I figured I’d give him a try. The verdict: John Green is amazing!!! Now, I don’t usually read that much contemporary - I like to relish in a fictional world because reality is a harsh mistress. So I was a bit surprised to find myself thoroughly engrossed with young lives and how cancer can put a deadline on your life and making you want to live it all that more fiercely. The cover is so unassuming and you’d never guess what the story was behind such a simple cover - so it’s definitely a “don’t judge a book by its cover” kind of book. But I love the bright colors and the more personal hand written like font on the cover. Green was fairly successful in creating a female character that was believable (she laments at her looks), but also a character that is distinct in who she is due to her experiences. When we first meet Hazel, we’re given a run down of her cancer history, and how a miracle drug has extended her life for the moment. Given all that she’s been through, it’s difficult to lead a stereotypical 16 year old life - if anything she’s accelerated her life to maximize the time she has left by finishing highschool early, and even attending college. As a result she’s a very mature young woman, with an extensive vocabulary that might end up throwing off some readers - but I found it extremely refreshing to have such a developed voice narrating. Now that’s not to say she doesn’t show some younger more teenage qualities, she still gushes with friends, watches frivolous tv shows and longs for love. But it all balances out to make her an amazing character with depth, witty sarcasm and the ability to take all things in stride. Augustus Waters is a cancer survivor, and joins the group in support for Hazel and his’ mutual friend Isaac. He’s healthy and shows no signs of former sickness, and like Hazel I was unsure as to his motives at first. But when he opens his mouth he proves that he’s insanely intelligent and full of philosophical meanderings that can definitely keep up with Hazel. The dialogue, banter and conversations between Augustus and Hazel are at times the funniest and most beautiful moments in the book. Although Hazel is hesitant at first, for good reason, they eventually come to a mutual understanding and as their relationship evolves they end up forever bound together by the shared love for a certain book written by a surly author. So begins an epic quest to answer their questions about the book, that takes them down a road that will completely change both of their lives. The cast of secondary characters were perfect in their supplement to the story. I especially loved Isaac, and how his friendship with both Hazel and Augustus ended up playing such a monumental role. Hazel’s parents were also incredible characters to watch because they have had to deal with all the near misses she’s gone through and how they live in the now, and what the possibilities are in the future. The story doesn’t just focus on Hazel, but also all the people that she’s affected in her life by being this amazing person. Green’s writing style perfectly blends the seriousness of the situation with some meaning of life pondering, and banter to balance the morbidity, along with really sweet romance and friendship. Now, a fair warning - before you start this book get a box of Kleenex, you’ll likely need it. That’s not to say that this book is strictly sad (I mean it is a cancer subjected book, and Hazel is terminally ill), but I cried because I laughed so hard, and then I cried because moments between Hazel and Augustus were just so exquisitely beautiful that I had no words. So I probably looked insane reading this book because one moment I was laughing hysterically, and then the next I was streaming tears, but in the end it was all worth it because where this book took me as I followed their journey, and the relationship between Augustus and Hazel is awe inspiring and gives the brightest glimmer of hope just when you think there is none. This definitely isn’t a book to be restricted to just young adults. I bought copies for lots of people I knew because it just needed to be shared, and I didn’t want to part with my own personal copy and they ended up giving their copies to relatives to read because it has such a profound effect on them after they read it. That’s how I feel about this book - that it’s so awesome I had to share it with everyone! So everyone go read it if you haven’t already!
Date published: 2012-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Favourite Book!! This book was absolutely breathtaking! It is EXACTLY what every author said in the back cover. I loved every single moment of the book. Every single Chapters/Coles I visit, this book is always a pick by at least one of the staff's, and I completely understand why. What also makes this book so good is that John Green also writes commentary on English literature throughout the novel. It's stunning. Especially when you understand the allusions. This is the only book I have ever read that has done this, and the commentary is one of the things that really made this book stay in my head long after the last page. John Green wrote this brilliantly. I have never read a book like this, and I have read a lot of books in the YA age group and around this genre. This book is not a cancer book, nor is it a love story. Both factors play a major influence into the book, but really, The Fault In Our Stars is about two teenagers, who know they will die very soon, trying to find their place in life and if they can leave a mark on the world. This book has made me smile and awe, then it has made me laugh, and then it has made me cry. It is BEAUTIFUL, and I loved everything about it. I am going to reread this again and again!
Date published: 2012-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A rollercoaster that only goes up! This book was a great combination of funny and sad. This is the first book by John Green that I've read,but I don't think it will be my last! Very well written.
Date published: 2012-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous. This was my first book I've ever read by John Green and my best friend read another book by him {Paper Towns} and she said it was really bad. So when I first picked this book up at the library, I really didn't know what to expect. But what the heck, I decided to read it anyways, and try reading a book in a different kind of genre that I usually read. I finished this book in 3 days. That says a lot for a person like me, because I'm a very fast reader in general, but it usually takes me a bit longer to read a book like that. This book was suprisingly amazing. I became addicted to it after the first few pages, and couldn't put it down! I really have no words for how much I enjoyed this book, but I do have one this to say. It really (I know this is cheesy but,) changed my life. I mean my entire perspective on illness. I love learning about health in general, so it was great to read a book based on it. With an adorable hint of romance, and loveable characters, it was a masterpiece. Spectacular job John! {P.S I loved the metaphors ;)
Date published: 2012-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Practically Genius Originally posted to: www.fictionlove.com Like a lot of people I was waiting for The Fault in Our Stars with baited breath. So when I finally got my hands on my copy I dropped my life (school and everything) and read the book in under four hours. And it was beautiful. There were certain points in the novel that were hard to read, but I pushed forth because I was in love with the characters. Even though everything looked grim and I thought there was no way Hazel Grace was going to get her happy ending, I pushed through because I loved her. I loved her and I loved Augustus Waters and I didn't want to leave them behind. I needed to see the story through. The novel follows Hazel Grace, a sixteen year old girl who also happens to be a cancer patient. Her parents force her to go to support group where she meets Augustus Waters. The rest of the book follows their story together and how they support each other and just how deeply Augustus affects Hazel's life. Saying anymore would be to spoil the book, which I don't want to do (I mean look at my summary of the book, it leaves so much out), because I want you to read it. This book is not a Twilight book, yes, there is a romantic element, and yes Augustus does change Hazel's life, but the love story in this novel is just right. Hazel is not cured because he loves her, Hazel grows from her experiences and meeting Augustus just happens to be one of them. John's writing style is hard to describe. Read, when she finished the book described it as "the writing of that kid in school who managed to absorb everything that they ever taught you." This is pretty true. John references philosophy, literature, religion and many others. You would think that this would sound pretentious, but it does not. John Green's voice (and that of Hazel's) has this extremely human quality to it. John Green manages to write a story about cancer, where cancer is not the central character, central plot point and it does not invoke emotions because it's expected to. This book feels real, like it could have happened or one day might. Thank you John, thank you for writing this. Also Check out: http://www.dofthea.com/review/tfios/
Date published: 2012-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing!! I've read pretty well all of John Green's books only missing Will Grayson, Will Grayson. This book made me laugh out loud, smile, cry, and look at my life and the people I love differently. I never knew a completely fictional story could tug at the heart strings like The Fault In Our Stars!
Date published: 2012-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Brilliant. This is not a cancer book even though the pages are dominated with cancer. The main characters just happen to have cancer, “a side effect of dying," as Hazel would say. Hazel and Augustus do not let the cancer define them. Sure, it adds ammo to their never-ending witty banter, but this book is void of self-pity and “woe is me” fluff. Instead, we are reminded of true love, a love so strong that it doesn’t matter if someone is sick, or has to be on oxygen 24/7, or accidentally pees the bed one time. It’s about making the most of the time you do have. It doesn’t matter that you might only get another year to be in love with this person, all that matters is that you got to love another person and be loved in return. Life is short and every minute should count. http://letseatbooks.blogspot.com/2012/02/fault-in-our-stars-by-john-green.html
Date published: 2012-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Was depressingly behind on syllabus reading; read this instead. COULDN'T STOP. I ordered this book a few weeks ago with the intention of saving it until after I'd finished my assigned reading for school. I'd never read any of John Green's work and was interested to see if the hype was justified. When it arrived, I figured I'd read a page or two to see what it was like... and ploughed through half the book before I came to my senses. Bloody hell, this man can write. Hazel's voice is so honest and raw, it feels as though she's sitting right next to you as you're reading. It's amazing how nearly every page is dominated by cancer and yet it doesn't read like a "cancer book" at all (in fact, Hazel pokes fun at the "cancer kid" genre on multiple occasions in ways that shouldn't be funny but are, admittedly, hilarious). My main qualm with the book would be in the dialogue--which, although endlessly entertaining, is a little unrealistic. The characters speak how we mere mortals WISH we spoke in everyday life, in the intelligent kind of language that we tend to use online (in blogs, sarcastic messages to our friends, etc.) but never in real situations. People don't often come up with lines like "You will not harm my girlfriend today, Foreign Terrorist of Ambiguous Nationality!" in the spur of the moment. That said, the exchanges between Hazel, Augustus, and even Isaac were part of what made the book so engaging. It's a delightfully easy and enthralling read, though the action tapers off a little too gradually in the second half and this makes the emotional parts a little too soft, a little too easy. I feel like it was the kind of book that could have made me cry but didn't, because I was too prepared for everything that happened. However (without giving anything away) I do think that the ending was dealt with in a way that remained true to the story and, from what I can imagine, true to real life. IN SHORT: This is one of the most engaging books I've read in the while, and the most thought-provoking. I can see that the tiny issues I have with elements of the story make it better as a whole. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys atypical relationship stories or not-entirely-serious contemplations of life and death. I will definitely be reading more of John Green's work in the future if this is anything to go by.
Date published: 2012-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tackling a tough subject with philosophical wit To be honest, I hadn't heard of John Green or this book until a few weeks ago when Twitter was all a-twitter about this new book of his. My curiosity got the better of me, and I went out and picked it up. And am I ever glad I did. It's a fantastically profound read, mixing in humour with the conventionally-morbid subject matter. It is philosophical and thought-provoking, causing the reader to reflect on their own views on "making a difference" in the world. I am often uneasy with the topic of death, and the writing in TFiOS felt so real to me that it made me quite uncomfortable thinking about it and how I'd feel if I were in that situation. I loved the depiction of the support group members' dynamics. One moment in particular stood out to me, where Green writes about how these children are beating cancer yet it becomes like a competition, trying to beat each other with their stories as well. You see that kind of one-upsmanship in all facets of life with all different types of people, which doesn't exclude those who are terminally ill. And although the main focus is the developing friendship of Hazel and Augustus, I found myself really loving the dynamic between Augustus and Isaac. The bromance they had throughout the book is such a simple & supportive one, free of any complications that their illnesses may cause to their physical bodies. Although it didn't necessarily "change my world" and I didn't shed any tears (I don't often cry with books or movies), I can see where moments in TFiOS can really pull at your heartstrings. It is a witty, poignantly-written book that tackles some tough issues with grace, charisma and some joie de vivre. This and other reviews can be found at JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2012-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Beautifully written, wonderfully thought-out. Hilarious and touching. Everyone has their own book that they love so much they could read it a hundred times over, and The Fault In Our Stars is definitely mine.
Date published: 2012-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING. I've loved John Green's books for several years now, and as part of John and his brother Hank's online community of Nerdfighters, I have been looking forward to this book for a nearly a year! All I can say is that it did not disappoint. It has all of the "John Green" humor readers have come to expect, with a sadness and beauty that makes you fall in love with the book like you fall asleep, "slowly at first, then all at once". I laughed and cried, and I would recommend this book to everyone. I hope this book finds homes on bookshelves all around the world! Every one of John's books has been better than the last; you may even say his career is on a rollercoaster that only goes up. DFTBA!
Date published: 2012-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching I usually dislike reading teen books, I never find them interesting or entertaining...usually just poorly written. However, I have just finished "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green and I now have a renewed faith in teen literature. I have never once cried while reading a book, this is no longer the case. I had to stop several times to wipe away the tears(both of sadness and enjoyment).
Date published: 2012-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from John Green out did him self this time. Heart warming and truly moving story about life and death. This book will make you laugh and cry all on the same page. The charters are amazing and will draw you in. 10/10 DFTBA
Date published: 2012-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic in the making. This book was amazing, it was well written and had the perfect balance of character development and plot to make it great. It had me laughing and loving amd crying and smiling all through out the book. John green is a purely amazing author. I feel in love with Agustus Waters the second he appeared on the pages and didn't stop loving him till the end of the book. Hazel Grace was a witty and snarky teenaged girl, which you do not find enough of in novels anymore. Most girls in books are portrayed as this perfect hallow shell of a person, but Hazel was so realistic she had her talents and she had her faults but that only made you love her more. I felt as though I could relate to her, even though I've never had and god hoping never will cancer but the thing is she is not just a cancer patient she is still a teenager. That was the part I could relate to, throu out the whole book she still remained a teenaged girl, never once did she become that stereotypical cancer story charchter. John Green created so many things in this book that I now want including the band the hectic glow, which I found myself going to find a band that fit in my mind what they would sound like. I actually think it was good that he never used a real band because then you as the reader can find the sound they would have based on the way you perceived the characters. Had he flat out told you that Augustus favorite band had been The All American Rejects or The Beatles, you would of thought differently of him. But by letting you create the sound of the hectic glow you had a little bit of control over the characters you've become attached to, it also means my Agustus is slightly different from everyone else making the reading seem a little more personal. I feel as if this is a book that will withstand the test of time and be passed on from generation ot generation. Personally I loved it. I highly recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2012-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like a Roller Coaster That Only Goes Up What a fantastic read. John, may I say that I give you complete and absolute kudos for this book. Even I couldn't hold back my laughter when reading this book, nor could I hold back the tears that demanded to be spilled as I read about the ever modest Hazel and charismatic Augustus. My grandmother died from cancer. Unfortunately, I can't say much about it since I was so little when she went to sleep for the last time. But I will without a doubt treat people with disease or illness just like I would anyone else. After all, we all get sick, right? Some just get it worse than others. However, I still have to say that Looking for Alaska is my favorite book of John's and will continue to be forever. The Fault in Our Stars really helps to see how it feels from the cancercontaining side of the story. I'm not too sure if this is a side effect of cancer, or a side effect of dying. Whichever it may be, I greatly recommend this book to any and everyone.
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A roller coaster of emotions -- like life itself... Just spent 5 hours reading "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green. Can't remember the last time a novel ever caused such a roller coaster of emotions. I laughed...I cried...And that was in the first 10 pages. It reminded me of the good times (and bad) of watching close friends, battle, accept and unfortunately die from this disease. This book, like life, is a roller coaster. Live your best life today.
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mishap in Ottawa This is irrelevant to the content of the book, however I'm not sure where I should post this. John Green specifically wants all copies to be sold and shipped on January 10th, as mentioned on his facebook, tumblr, youtube channel, etc. However, today I saw nearly 20 copies of this book on the shelf in the Teen section, at a location in Ottawa. Please respect John Green's wishes and hold them back until the tenth. Thank you.
Date published: 2011-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pre-Ordered Copies Signed By Author! For anyone considering this book, or preordering it, just a note: the author has promised that anyone preordering this book will receive a signed copy of the book!
Date published: 2011-07-28

– More About This Product –

The Fault in Our Stars

by John Green

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: January 10, 2012

Publisher: Penguin Group US

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1101569182

ISBN - 13: 9781101569184

From the Publisher

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.