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The Fault In Our Stars

byJohn Green

Paperback | April 8, 2014

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From John Green, the #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down

"The greatest romance story of this decade." 
Entertainment Weekly

-Millions of copies sold-

#1 New York Times Bestseller

#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
#1 USA Today Bestseller
#1 International Bestseller

TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012
TODAY Book Club pick

Now a Major Motion Picture

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 brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. ...
Title:The Fault In Our StarsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.44 × 0.92 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.44 × 0.92 inPublished:April 8, 2014Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014242417X

ISBN - 13:9780142424179


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read This book is such a fascinating read it has such emotion and shows a how people deal with the tribulations of life.
Date published: 2019-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Totally recommend this book and watch the movie as well
Date published: 2019-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding!! I read this book a little while ago and it was one of the best books I’ve ever read!! It was very emotional yet relatable in the sense of Augustus and hazels love story. I completely recommend
Date published: 2019-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read The book is definitely a good simple read, it does make you cry if you get into the story. Although very predictable, it is still worth it.
Date published: 2019-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Any book that can make me sob is a good book. I was invested in the story. Some parts were a little unrealistic, but a really sweet story that I fell in love with.
Date published: 2018-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lived up to the hype! I've heard so much about this book and was worried it would fall victim to over-hype but it lived up to my expectations and then some! The story captivates you from the start and the characters stick with you after the story is over.
Date published: 2018-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved It! This book has right characters and a great message. Enjoy!
Date published: 2018-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful story the book and movie brought tears to my eyes. beautiful writing by John Green!!
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cried and cried Maybe this is a cliche opinion but I loved this book. I fell in love with the v=characters, regarding them as my friends. However, this book truly left me broken hearted and I wept like a baby. If your'e looking for a romance with a happy ending, keep looking. But if you're looking for a good book, this is it
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AHHHH THIS BOOK KILLED ME! I need to buy a new copy since there are tear splotches all over mine. I fell in love with each and everyone of these characters...theres not much to say other than John Green is an amazing author, and his stories prove it.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Book I found the characters to be very interesting. I love the relationship between the characters. I found that they were just teenagers trying to live life to the fullest.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such an EMOTIONAL book If you're one of those readers like me, who really like to tear up during really intense moments and really feel the book, then this book must be read by you!! Green showcases such a deep, strong relationship between two youngsters who are also both struggling with physical health, but that does not stop them from truly falling in love with each other. It is a must read to all the romance lovers out there who also enjoy a good cry here and there.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The book's okay. Okay. Flattest main characters. But they still managed to make me bawl my eyes out.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Underwhelming In one word - underwhelming. I didn't read this book for a long time I don't like critical hype but then I heard a friend's review, which was a little more tame so I finally gave it a try. It wasn't horrible but I expected there to be this grand climax and that didn't happen for me. There were definitely some truths about life - you live and then you die, the in between doesn't really matter in the end - but overall it was just too simplistic.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If You Need a Good Cry, This is the One! Wonderful, moving story and very relatable for anyone who has gone through a terminal illness or knows someone who has gone through a terminal illness. John Green does a wonderful job of capturing the emotions and thoughts of a person with an illness and really gives readers perspective in many ways about dealing with the inevitable difficulties in life that we cannot control. Could not put this one down. Keep the tissues near. A must-read.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from tears everywhere john green is an insanely important author to me and so is this book. the story line is truly one that pulls on your heart strings and leaves you in tears every time. it makes you realize how unfair the world really is, how all good things do in fact always come to an end. though things may seem to be so perfect and meant to be, the universe always seems to have a way of tearing things apart.
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional and Beautiful Story I love this book so much. John Green really nailed it with this one. I have reread this book countless times and it still makes me cry every single time.
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A unique read This book definitely makes you want to read it all over again to make things straight in your head. Why was everything so short-lived? Why was there heartbreak? Such a sweet romance between two teenagers who try to grasp the concept of the world, and at the same time meeting Death much sooner than either of them would like. It was definitely emotional, but for some reason I didn't cry. Perhaps I should read it again.
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Tears in Our Eyes A beautiful love story that was too short-lived. The story was simple yet inspiring, and definitely a tear-jerker.
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Will make you cry This is an amazing book that follows an amazing journey. But prepare yourself. You will need a box of tissues, and a hug. So cuddle up with this book, you will not want to put it down. And use your blanket to sop up the buckets of tears you will cry.
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this story Each book of John Green's gets better and better. I found I couldn't quite get into the other ones, but this one captures your heart. So so so good!
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful-emotional read This novel was absolutely heartbreaking and beautiful. The characters were written amazingly and I just fell in love with each and every one. It reveals the true aspects of cancer and what it does to a person and those around someone. This book is what got me into loving John green. His writing and mind at work is astounding and everyone should read this book.
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking, yet Beautiful Though bit fantastical, the romance gives off honest vibes that definitely touch your heart. Can be a tearjerker too. But while it's a romance, I think the stories of the characters and the adversities they face together make this a remarkable read, by an amazing author.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this! Read this book on a hike with a group of girls, all of us cried. Wonderful read
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy some tissues. A great read! Entertaining, heartbreaking, funny and inspiring. A heartwarming read.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! The Fault in Our Stars is an amazing book! The story is very emotional and has some great characters that you will find yourself very attached to. This book is a must read!
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A really great read! I loved this book so much that i read it more than once! i thought it was a great, emotional read. would recommend!
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get the Kleenex out... Spectacularly heartwarming story that not only gives you hope but also tugs at your heartstrings! Loved this one - impossible to put down!
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Very good, emotional book. I can't get enough of it and continue to read. Would recommend
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I think this book is really over popular, but it was great. Maybe people should calm down a bit because it was amazing, just not as amazing as people make it seem... make sense kinda?
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This book was really good and sad! This book was so good just like the movie! But be prepared to get your tissues ready! If you are emotional like i am that is haha. This book made me cry but I definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Great book to read, cried, laughed, and felt grateful throughout the book. Would recommend!
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Predictable Predictable storyline and character development was sub-par; I can see why it's so popular though, many readers will relate.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-read I read the book 5 years ago for the first time in grade 6, I hadn't really understood it then, yet i still feel in love. Now being 16 I reread it, with much more understanding of the events taking place, and it moved me to tears so many times. The story is very realistic, and thats why i will never get tired of it. I believe it is worth all the hype
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great book! Some people say it's over-hyped but I truly loved it! But some people have different tastes and that's okay. I think this book tells a great (and sad) story with intriguing characters and is well written, so I think it deserves the hype! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from imperfect messy, flawed, unrefined - a story about imperfect lives and realistic experiences. it isn't your classic love story, but that's what makes it great
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from overhyped i enjoyed it, but i expected more due to all the hype around it
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay After hearing about the book being so popular i was intrigued. However, wasn't as good as I was told it would be. It was still an okay book all in all.
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book I've ever read I bought this book a couple years ago. I will read it anytime it gets better every time. Definitely an all time favourite book.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unpopular opinion I actually didn't really like it. My expectations were so high that the book disappointed me, kinda my fault though. John Green's books are all the same, they follow this protocol: Quirky and weird teenager, acts stupid in their own way, go on a road trip, fall in love, learnt something philosophical in the end It's the same thing everytime
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Vacation Read I read this in 2 days while i was on vacation ! it was beautiful and so worth it !
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely amazing I've read this book 8 times and i will never get tired of it. It's so beautifully written and never fails to make me laugh, cry, and smile. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Forever a Favourite I love this book, and think its a must read. If you liked the movie, youll like the book even better.
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Great book! It had me crying the whole way but worth every tear.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good This book can make you very emotional, which is quite impressive for the genre it misplaced into.
Date published: 2018-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! This was a great read from a great author. Could not put it down for I wanted to know what would happen to the main characters. This story is funny in a profoundly touching way.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from emotional This book was really emotional, surrounding two kids with cancer and their last wishes.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grab the Tissue Box I think I went through three tissue boxes reading this novel. I absolutely bawled. Beautiful, profound and hits so close to home. I absolutely adored Gus and Hazel's relationship as well as how they grow together. It's witty and fun but also hard-hitting. John Green is not afraid to tackle difficult issues about cancer, life and love. This book has turned me into a John Green fan. I will read everything he writes. "Frankly, I'd read his grocery lists."
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! The tears were completely non-stop reading this book, I loved it even though I generally wouldn't go for this kind of book!
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Very beautiful story, definitely made me cry. You feel very connected and enticed.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Over-hyped A few pages in and I could tell that it was a mistake picking this book as my next read, but I tried to continue and I should of listened to my instincts.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I loved it to an extent. I loved Johns writing in this, but I found some plot holes. It was a sweet love story that had my emotions all over the place, the second time I read it, the feelings were all gone. I read it when there was so much hype around this novel, maybe that's why I liked it so much, but now I'm a bit blah about it. I would recommend to people 15 or younger.
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Well Written Story I really enjoyed this when I first read it. I was hooked and was able to stay focused due to the gripping and not overwhelming descriptions and storyline. Overall, well done
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Typical Green A classic John Green novel. Fans of Green will appreciate the characteristic style of Green's plot and style, but others not acquainted to YA novels will have a difficult time relating and connecting to the character's maturity.
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Great book. One of the very few stories that don't glamorize the cancer experience. Loved it
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good book This is one of those books that is better than the movie. The story line is ok it just could have been better.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Writing The best part of this book was the writing. I didn't love the story though. Augustus Waters is the most pretentious and insufferable character.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Worn-out. I felt he was trying to hard to make the readers feel something for the characters, the romance was shabby and unrealistic and the illness was almost romanticised. The whole thing about the unlit cigarette was just plain ridiculous and stopped me I my tracks while reading, I get that it is supposed to be clever but to me it was just desperate.
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good It was impossible for this book to live up to the surrounding hype
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from everyone should read I've had this book for a while and never got around to reading it but am so glade i did one of the best books i have read has a really good story line and such a sweet romantic feel to it but then.... just kidding wont spoil it for you but seriously it a great book perfect for anyone out there that likes romantic and emotional books It will make you laugh cry and for me it mad me want to stay up all night till i finished it . This book is so good that you might even hate the fact that its over cause you want to hear more abut Hazel and Augustus the movie was good to
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This book introduced me to John Green who is now one of my favorite authors. This book will make you laugh and cry, you won't be able to put it down
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read book I love this book because of how honest, truthful and straightforward in telling it like it is about teenagers facing life threatening diseases. Its incredibly touching and poignant. Hazel and Augustus make a great pair.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touching Emotional, simplistic, wonderful read. Always cheers me up.
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So emotional My first introduction to John Green. I'm glad I bought this book!
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone should read this This is an amazing book. This focuses on sickness without putting too much weight on it. The protagonist is relatable and wants everyone to know even though she has cancer, she is just like you and me. This is such a great book anyone and everyone should read, because it is just so good.
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, emotional book Great book that makes you feel many emotions while reading and a great story about young people living their lives while coping with an illness
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Predictable I read this book right when it came out and it is so over-hyped. You can really see the ending from the beginning of it, so it's really not worth the time. It's a beautiful story... If you're a starter reader. I don't recommend if you're looking for a novel with plot and story behind it.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I read this book for the first time a few days ago and the ending left me in tears.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book I'm not someone who enjoys reading books such as this one, But this book hit my heart where it hurt. i've been around a lot of people in my life who are sick and i find this book really focuses on the good things rather then the bad. I tells a story not about sick patients but a couple who fall in love despite all of that. a very inspirational love story that makes you smile during the good times and makes you break down during the bad times as you are reading. You feel everything they feel because the author really knew how to explain the characters thoughts and feelings as well as their point of views. This book took be about a few days, as i was reading it while attending school and working, but during the times i had to read, it was so hard for me to put the book down and attend to adult things/ This book deff makes you get lost in your own little world and imagination. I highly recommend to anyone !!!!
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Good Classed as "Young Adult Fiction" this novel speaks to all ages. It is about terminal cancer patients and while the response might be a "bummer" it is anything but. This novel is open, it is honest and it is raw with all the beauty of acknowledging the "fault" in the stars and not in the individual because cancer does not define someone. A powerful read without all that we impose on cancer.
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read! Such a great book! I couldn't put it down and recommended to my friends. I was happily surprised the movie stayed in line with the book.
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I bought this book a while ago and I am so glad that I did! This book was an amazing read! I read it in one day. This is the type of book you cannot put down. John Green really outdid himself on this one!
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I still cry This was my first book by John Green and I love it with all my heart. Augustus will always be my bae.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect Storyline i LOVE THE STORYLINE OF THIS BOOK, great character development.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I did not enjoy this book at all - perhaps my expectations were too high given the hype around this book. I did not find it to be well written and the plot was unrealistic.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Sad yet So GOOD When I first heard about this book I wasn't up for reading it because romance books are not my thing. But this is not a typical romance book. Such a beautiful love story that made me cry in the movie theatre and when I finished the book. On my favourites list right away.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Although it was a fun, beautiful and sad read... I felt as though this book was very overrated and I did enjoy reading it, but if it wasn't as popular, I wouldn't have remembered it well. I love the story, but I think that I have many other favourite John Green books.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A timeless love story This book is by the wonderful John Green, whose writing seems effortlessly well chosen and crafted, even if he claims it is the opposite process. The fault in our stars is about these two teens that despite strong forces trying to get in the way of their lives, they are unapologetically their unique selves that are enjoyable to read about. Their love story despite illness is heartbreaking, but beautiful and inspiring. I am so glad I read this book! I truly did not know what to say or do at the end of the book. The last few pages were perfect, and a reader could not ask for more in this book from the author. It is realistic, genuine, funny, sweet, and so many more things. It is a book that any young adult should read.
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Fault in Our Stars I liked the style of narration very much, it felt very whimsical but also implemented a subtle almost dry humor that was very appealing to me in a contemporary novel.
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So sad but so good This book was everything I wanted in a contemporary!! It will warm your heart but also break it.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Joy to Read! I thought this book was incredible! It was an easy read and kept me interested throughout its entirety. Once I got into it I had a really hard time putting it down. I adore John Green's writing style! Get your tissues ready because this book is very emotional. I cried for sure. Beautiful story! Will definitely be rereading in the future. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pretty good. I'm not a huge fan of John Green (yet I find myself reading all his books somehow), I actually really liked this book. It was a little boring at some parts but overall the book had a really good plot and nice characters.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Romantic and emotional Honestly, it took me forever to read this book. It had such a huge hype that I was left utterly disappointed when I read it. The book is very emotional and romantic, and not very realistic. Was not very impressed and expected a lot more. Was sort of annoyed by it and I'm surprised I actually did finish it as I didn't enjoy it at all.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Book > Movie I enjoyed reading the book over watching the movie. It is a nice read that often will get overlooked due to the movie press.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from too much Book didn't live up to the expectations from other readers I've met.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Predictible but... okay At first, I thought this book was totally overrated. Besides, the truth is that before getting to read half of it, I kinda figured out its ending by myself: that's why I am not as impressed by TFIOS' ending (and the book in general) as I'm supposed to be. Don't get me wrong, I liked this book! I just think that the storyline was vague at the beginning; anyway its ending was cool, even when it was EXACTLY the one I was expecting. Anyway, TFIOS has sparkling characters -I love the way Hazel and Gus are developed- but, as I've said, the storyline is missing something. PS: The amount of times they say "Okay" (not only Hazel and Gus, but everyone in TFIOS) is a little bit too much for me, and the quotes don't fit sometimes, although some of them were quite clever.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Who did not cry at this book? Because I know that I did. Beutiful characters and story line
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK Only three star given to John green's are two stars
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Another typical John Green story I like John Green. He is a solid author. The only problem is that he gets repetitive. There is always a boy who loves a girl who has an interesting name and who typically dies or goes missing, and then the boy goes on a mission to understand the girl or understand why the girl died! This one is a bit different than the normal narrative, but the story is pretty predictable if you have already read a couple of John Green books before.
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful I thought this was just incredible and will be honest I cried reading it. Definitely worth a read if this is your type of book.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good This book will make you cry, but will also make you look at life a little differently
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Book This novel really pulls on the heart strings. It has its happy moments and its sad moments but it will defiantly make you cry!
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The only book I have ever cried over I have no complaints over this book. It is truly unique. It deals with difficult unspoken of situations, but has humor to make me laugh out loud.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I read this on a 14 hour flight and cried like a baby the whole time.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book. Very emotional and well written, especially in a way that connect you with the characters.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, heartbreaking, yet hopeful Heart-wrenching story about a boy and a girl with cancer, who fall in love. They share a truly profound relationship and view life through the a new lens. Powerful and beautifully written. Definitely lives up to the hype.
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stirring This book grabs you in and doesn't let you go until the last page. I sat down to read it and because it was so easy before I knew it I was half way finished the book. It was incredible relate-able. I have no idea how a grown man was able to insinuate himself into the lift of a teenage girl so perfectly.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely Beautiful This is a wonderful love story. I like how John Green, instead of having two teenagers with normal lives gone wrong, he had two teenagers who are both dealing with something terrible, and how, in spite of certain death, still manage to fall in love. It's realistic, and I most certainly enjoyed reading it.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Reading this book made me so grateful for the world we live in!
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart Breaking I read this twice because despite being quite an emotional topic, it was also full of hilarious and lovable moments. I adore this story! It's so good.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 6th read through is still just as amazing I can't stop picking this book up and rereading it. My copy is now frayed from taking it everywhere. Yes, its cheesy, but that makes me love it even more.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED IT!! If you are going to pick up a John Green book pick up this!!
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get your tissues ready This was the first book that I cried reading. I expected it to be sad... but wow. No spoilers, but just saying get your tissues ready. Its a really great book and it'll make you fall in love the way you fall asleep... slowly then all at once.
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from overhyped ...not as good as everyone says it is. very cliched and overly sappy
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from too much hype both the book and movie are overly-hyped and unrealistic
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I liked the movie more than the book read this book before the movie came out and could not stand the way the characters spoke, they were just insufferable (dawson's creek x1000). The story was interesting, as I don't normally tend toward terminal illness books, but difficult to focus on through the dialogue
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing John Green does an excellent job when writing books. I am not a fan of romance but this book got me wrapped up in emotions. They way he writes really gets you thinking, he executes the sentences so so well in such unique ways that makes you pause to praise him when reading. This is my first book I read from him and I am ready for more!
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good book! this is a good book! I enjoyed reading it! Now I have to watch the movie lol #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So so so so so good I loved this book so much that I know I will never forget it. It was so adorable, so sweet, so heart breaking and so emotional all at once. Perfect for readers big on romance!
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lives up to the hype I'm a grown man and I'm not afraid to admit this book made me cry.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it! Emotional book, well structure and also simple to read and follow. Awesome book!
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The stars aligned for this book! I enjoyed this fictional novel that makes you think about cancer and how it can affect a life. Its a nice romantic comedy that makes you cry!! The end really got me!
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. Brilliant, emotional, and unique story line.
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing BOOK Loved this novel! I could not put it down #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing book! This book is amazing, but also sad, really good tho.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book One of the few books , that has made me emotional. Got lost in the characters , YAsssss John Green !
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book This is such a good book, filled with different emotions
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! It brought out emotions in me and i felt like I knew the characters. I will definitely re-read this in the near future!
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from yes The story flows so effortlessly and it has so much originality
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so good loved this book! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So sad I cried. But I also enjoyed it.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable very well written but to cliché to love
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read this book was a good read, throughout out the book and to the end it was very emotional I actually cried at the end. it was a good story
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT First I read the book and then I watched the movie. However, the book did make me cry :') It is such an emotional, beautiful story!
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from if you are reading with hype, dont read at all I can't say there was anything terrible about this book. It really wasn't the worst thing ever, however I grabbed it in hopes of having tears dripping down my face in an endless stream. but instead I was left with an uneasy feeling in my stomach and a breath of disappointment. The book most likely would have been much more enjoyable if I had read it under my own want, rather than the pressures of the those around me.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome A little overrated, but still such a well-written and emotional book.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yes! If you loved the movie, you are really going to need the read the book.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok everyone had been telling me to pick this book up, and I had super high expectations. However, when I actually read it, I realized it was NOT worth it
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pulls at your heartstrings If you want a good cry, but in a good way then this book is for you. What a great read!
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time Very, very moving and inspiring. Read the book before watching the movie. Suitable for all ages.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Didn't want to put it down Very emotional read, just wanted to keep reading.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved for a reason With endearing characters and a heart-wrenching plot, TFIOS is a great read.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I had this book sitting on my shelf for awhile. I knew i wanted to have the time to read it and when I finally did boy did it blow my expectations out of the water. Not only is this book beautifully written the emotion is so real it touched me in a way a book should. I loved this book with all of my heart and hazel grace is a completely unique marvel. and how about that Augustus Waters.. amazing boy amazing book.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love i loved it but i cried for days (still crying)
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotions! So many emotions when reading this book, its so good! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Preeeeetty good Everyone was reading it so I thought.. Why not? Was one of my all time favourites at the time (probably 2 or 3 years ago) and I maaay have shed a few tears throughout.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Book This book was so well written and opened my eyes to all of John Green's amazing books.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tearjerker I could not put this book down, it is rare that a book makes me cry but this one did it! I would have loved this book as a teen but I enjoyed it reading as an adult too. It can be a bit cliched in parts but I really didn't mind, the emotion is raw and real and it is worth your time.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional but so good This book is so raw with emotion. It really captures you and pulls you into the story. It made laugh and cry all at once. The characters were relatable, even if your not going through the same thing. The ending is heartbreaking, but still amazing and cute. If you're looking for a good book, look no further. Easily one of my favourite books.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book was very difficult to get into
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic love story Any romantic would cry tears of joy and sadness at this beautifully written love story that tell of two teenagers finding each other and forming a special bond.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bittersweet Broke my heart but taught me lessons.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from truth The book was really good but it's so mainstream after it turned into a movie and all.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sad But Still Amazing... I read this book a few months ago, and it brought tears of sorrow and joy to my eyes. Hazel and Augustus' relationship was beautiful while it lasted, but as everyone knows, reality will eventually kick in and bring an end to many good things. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I loved it to the ending. The ending was a bit too much, but I have hope that the series will be redeemed
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This story is so important and I would love to see more like it involving this content!!!
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I need to re-read this, as I rushed through it the first time because I was busy, but nonetheless, I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I need to re-read this, as I rushed through it the first time because I was busy, but nonetheless, I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This! Beautiful Book!! Makes me cry every time
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! I read the book before seeing the movie and I really enjoyed it. Even though it is advertised as a young adult book it deals with mature themes; loss, death, and grief. John Green's characters are extremely well developed - you can't help but feel connected to them.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! I read the book before seeing the movie and I really enjoyed it. Even though it is advertised as a young adult book it deals with mature themes; loss, death, and grief. John Green's characters are extremely well developed - you can't help but feel connected to them.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sad but Beautiful Tear jerker but incrdible storyline. I could easily fall in love with Gus
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My fave book!! I love this book so much. Its a great story and incredibly emotional. AMAZING read #Plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet! Really enjoyed this book. I read it before all the hype, and it is a shame it was overhyped, but go into it not expecting the world and more, and it is an excellent read. The ending (for me at the time) was very unexpected. Loved it!
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but over-hyped. Although this book has received many 5 star reviews some multiple sources, I don't feel the same way. I loved the movie but the book was...underwhelming for me and lacked the body that a good novel has. It was sad and had a beautiful love story but it wasn't has good as it was hyped up to be.
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this book my 15 year old and I have read this book a few times and watched the movie a few times, sooo good
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite one of my favourite books, I definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! amazing story line <3 such a cute book !
Date published: 2017-12-14

Read from the Book

CHAPTER ONELate 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 book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.Whenever you read a cancer booklet or website or whatever, they always list depression among the side effects of cancer. But, in fact, depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying. (Cancer is also a side effect of dying. Almost everything is, really.) But my mom believed I required treatment, so she took me to see my Regular Doctor Jim, who agreed that I was veritably swimming in a paralyzing and totally clinical depression, and that therefore my meds should be adjusted and also I should attend a weekly Support Group.This Support Group featured a rotating cast of characters in various states of tumor-driven unwellness. Why did the cast rotate? A side effect of dying.The Support Group, of course, was depressing as hell. It met every Wednesday in the basement of a stone-walled Episcopal church shaped like a cross. We all sat in a circle right in the middle of the cross, where the two boards would have met, where the heart of Jesus would have been.I noticed this because Patrick, the Support Group Leader and only person over eighteen in the room, talked about the heart of Jesus every freaking meeting, all about how we, as young cancer survivors, were sitting right in Christ’s very sacred heart and whatever.So here’s how it went in God’s heart: The six or seven or ten of us walked/wheeled in, grazed at a decrepit selection of cookies and lemonade, sat down in the Circle of Trust, and listened to Patrick recount for the thousandth time his depressingly miserable life story—how he had cancer in his balls and they thought he was going to die but he didn’t die and now here he is, a full-grown adult in a church basement in the 137th nicest city in America, divorced, addicted to video games, mostly friendless, eking out a meager living by exploiting his cancertastic past, slowly working his way toward a master’s degree that will not improve his career prospects, waiting, as we all do, for the sword of Damocles to give him the relief that he escaped lo those many years ago when cancer took both of his nuts but spared what only the most generous soul would call his life.AND YOU TOO MIGHT BE SO LUCKY!Then we introduced ourselves: Name. Age. Diagnosis. And how we’re doing today. I’m Hazel, I’d say when they’d get to me. Sixteen. Thyroid originally but with an impressive and long-settled satellite colony in my lungs. And I’m doing okay.Once we got around the circle, Patrick always asked if anyone wanted to share. And then began the circle jerk of support: everyone talking about fighting and battling and winning and shrinking and scanning. To be fair to Patrick, he let us talk about dying, too. But most of them weren’t dying. Most would live into adulthood, as Patrick had.(Which meant there was quite a lot of competitiveness about it, with everybody wanting to beat not only cancer itself, but also the other people in the room. Like, I realize that this is irrational, but when they tell you that you have, say, a 20 percent chance of living five years, the math kicks in and you figure that’s one in five…so you look around and think, as any healthy person would: I gotta outlast four of these bastards.)The only redeeming facet of Support Group was this kid named Isaac, a long-faced, skinny guy with straight blond hair swept over one eye.And his eyes were the problem. He had some fantastically improbable eye cancer. One eye had been cut out when he was a kid, and now he wore the kind of thick glasses that made his eyes (both the real one and the glass one) preternaturally huge, like his whole head was basically just this fake eye and this real eye staring at you. From what I could gather on the rare occasions when Isaac shared with the group, a recurrence had placed his remaining eye in mortal peril.Isaac and I communicated almost exclusively through sighs. Each time someone discussed anticancer diets or snorting ground-up shark fin or whatever, he’d glance over at me and sigh ever so slightly. I’d shake my head microscopically and exhale in response.•••So Support Group blew, and after a few weeks, I grew to be rather kicking-and-screaming about the whole affair. In fact, on the Wednesday I made the acquaintance of Augustus Waters, I tried my level best to get out of Support Group while sitting on the couch with my mom in the third leg of a twelve-hour marathon of the previous season’s America’s Next Top Model, which admittedly I had already seen, but still.Me: “I refuse to attend Support Group.”Mom: “One of the symptoms of depression is disinterest in activities.”Me: “Please just let me watch America’s Next Top Model. It’s an activity.”Mom: “Television is a passivity.”Me: “Ugh, Mom, please.”Mom: “Hazel, you’re a teenager. You’re not a little kid anymore. You need to make friends, get out of the house, and live your life.”Me: “If you want me to be a teenager, don’t send me to Support Group. Buy me a fake ID so I can go to clubs, drink vodka, and take pot.”Mom: “You don’t take pot, for starters.”Me: “See, that’s the kind of thing I’d know if you got me a fake ID.”Mom: “You’re going to Support Group.”Me: “UGGGGGGGGGGGGG.”Mom: “Hazel, you deserve a life.”That shut me up, although I failed to see how attendance at Support Group met the definition of life. Still, I agreed to go—after negotiating the right to record the 1.5 episodes of ANTM I’d be missing.I went to Support Group for the same reason that I’d once allowed nurses with a mere eighteen months of graduate education to poison me with exotically named chemicals: I wanted to make my parents happy. There is only one thing in this world shittier than biting it from cancer when you’re sixteen, and that’s having a kid who bites it from cancer.•••Mom pulled into the circular driveway behind the church at 4:56. I pretended to fiddle with my oxygen tank for a second just to kill time.“Do you want me to carry it in for you?”“No, it’s fine,” I said. The cylindrical green tank only weighed a few pounds, and I had this little steel cart to wheel it around behind me. It delivered two liters of oxygen to me each minute through a cannula, a transparent tube that split just beneath my neck, wrapped behind my ears, and then reunited in my nostrils. The contraption was necessary because my lungs sucked at being lungs.“I love you,” she said as I got out.“You too, Mom. See you at six.”“Make friends!” she said through the rolled-down window as I walked away.I didn’t want to take the elevator because taking the elevator is a Last Days kind of activity at Support Group, so I took the stairs. I grabbed a cookie and poured some lemonade into a Dixie cup and then turned around.A boy was staring at me.I was quite sure I’d never seen him before. Long and leanly muscular, he dwarfed the molded plastic elementary school chair he was sitting in. Mahogany hair, straight and short. He looked my age, maybe a year older, and he sat with his tailbone against the edge of the chair, his posture aggressively poor, one hand half in a pocket of dark jeans.I looked away, suddenly conscious of my myriad insufficiencies. I was wearing old jeans, which had once been tight but now sagged in weird places, and a yellow T-shirt advertising a band I didn’t even like anymore. Also my hair: I had this pageboy haircut, and I hadn’t even bothered to, like, brush it. Furthermore, I had ridiculously fat chipmunked cheeks, a side effect of treatment. I looked like a normally proportioned person with a balloon for a head. This was not even to mention the cankle situation. And yet—I cut a glance to him, and his eyes were still on me.It occurred to me why they call it eye contact.I walked into the circle and sat down next to Isaac, two seats away from the boy. I glanced again. He was still watching me.Look, let me just say it: He was hot. A nonhot boy stares at you relentlessly and it is, at best, awkward and, at worst, a form of assault. But a hot boy…well.I pulled out my phone and clicked it so it would display the time: 4:59. The circle filled in with the unlucky twelve-to-eighteens, and then Patrick started us out with the serenity prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. The guy was still staring at me. I felt rather blushy.Finally, I decided that the proper strategy was to stare back. Boys do not have a monopoly on the Staring Business, after all. So I looked him over as Patrick acknowledged for the thousandth time his ball-lessness etc., and soon it was a staring contest. After a while the boy smiled, and then finally his blue eyes glanced away. When he looked back at me, I flicked my eyebrows up to say, I win.He shrugged. Patrick continued and then finally it was time for the introductions. “Isaac, perhaps you’d like to go first today. I know you’re facing a challenging time.”“Yeah,” Isaac said. “I’m Isaac. I’m seventeen. And it’s looking like I have to get surgery in a couple weeks, after which I’ll be blind. Not to complain or anything because I know a lot of us have it worse, but yeah, I mean, being blind does sort of suck. My girlfriend helps, though. And friends like Augustus.” He nodded toward the boy, who now had a name. “So, yeah,” Isaac continued. He was looking at his hands, which he’d folded into each other like the top of a tepee. “There’s nothing you can do about it.”“We’re here for you, Isaac,” Patrick said. “Let Isaac hear it, guys.” And then we all, in a monotone, said, “We’re here for you, Isaac.”Michael was next. He was twelve. He had leukemia. He’d always had leukemia. He was okay. (Or so he said. He’d taken the elevator.)Lida was sixteen, and pretty enough to be the object of the hot boy’s eye. She was a regular—in a long remission from appendiceal cancer, which I had not previously known existed. She said—as she had every other time I’d attended Support Group—that she felt strong, which felt like bragging to me as the oxygen-drizzling nubs tickled my nostrils.There were five others before they got to him. He smiled a little when his turn came. His voice was low, smoky, and dead sexy. “My name is Augustus Waters,” he said. “I’m seventeen. I had a little touch of osteosarcoma a year and a half ago, but I’m just here today at Isaac’s request.”“And how are you feeling?” asked Patrick.“Oh, I’m grand.” Augustus Waters smiled with a corner of his mouth. “I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up, my friend.”When it was my turn, I said, “My name is Hazel. I’m sixteen. Thyroid with mets in my lungs. I’m okay.”The hour proceeded apace: Fights were recounted, battles won amid wars sure to be lost; hope was clung to; families were both celebrated and denounced; it was agreed that friends just didn’t get it; tears were shed; comfort proffered. Neither Augustus Waters nor I spoke again until Patrick said, “Augustus, perhaps you’d like to share your fears with the group.”“My fears?”“Yes.”“I fear oblivion,” he said without a moment’s pause. “I fear it like the proverbial blind man who’s afraid of the dark.”“Too soon,” Isaac said, cracking a smile.“Was that insensitive?” Augustus asked. “I can be pretty blind to other people’s feelings.”Isaac was laughing, but Patrick raised a chastening finger and said, “Augustus, please. Let’s return to you andyour struggles. You said you fear oblivion?”“I did,” Augustus answered.Patrick seemed lost. “Would, uh, would anyone like to speak to that?”I hadn’t been in proper school in three years. My parents were my two best friends. My third best friend was an author who did not know I existed. I was a fairly shy person—not the hand-raising type.And yet, just this once, I decided to speak. I half raised my hand and Patrick, his delight evident, immediately said, “Hazel!” I was, I’m sure he assumed, opening up. Becoming Part Of The Group.I looked over at Augustus Waters, who looked back at me. You could almost see through his eyes they were so blue. “There will come a time,” I said, “when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this”—I gestured encompassingly—“will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”I’d learned this from my aforementioned third best friend, Peter Van Houten, the reclusive author of An Imperial Affliction, the book that was as close a thing as I had to a Bible. Peter Van Houten was the only person I’d ever come across who seemed to (a) understand what it’s like to be dying, and (b) not have died.After I finished, there was quite a long period of silence as I watched a smile spread all the way across Augustus’s face—not the little crooked smile of the boy trying to be sexy while he stared at me, but his real smile, too big for his face. “Goddamn,” Augustus said quietly. “Aren’t you something else.”Neither of us said anything for the rest of Support Group. At the end, we all had to hold hands, and Patrick led us in a prayer. “Lord Jesus Christ, we are gathered here in Your heart, literally in Your heart, as cancer survivors. You and You alone know us as we know ourselves. Guide us to life and the Light through our times of trial. We pray for Isaac’s eyes, for Michael’s and Jamie’s blood, for Augustus’s bones, for Hazel’s lungs, for James’s throat. We pray that You might heal us and that we might feel Your love, and Your peace, which passes all understanding. And we remember in our hearts those whom we knew and loved who have gone home to you: Maria and Kade and Joseph and Haley and Abigail and Angelina and Taylor and Gabriel and…”It was a long list. The world contains a lot of dead people. And while Patrick droned on, reading the list from a sheet of paper because it was too long to memorize, I kept my eyes closed, trying to think prayerfully but mostly imagining the day when my name would find its way onto that list, all the way at the end when everyone had stopped listening.When Patrick was finished, we said this stupid mantra together—LIVING OUR BEST LIFE TODAY—and it was over. Augustus Waters pushed himself out of his chair and walked over to me. His gait was crooked like his smile. He towered over me, but he kept his distance so I wouldn’t have to crane my neck to look him in the eye. “What’s your name?” he asked.“Hazel.”“No, your full name.”“Um, Hazel Grace Lancaster.” He was just about to say something else when Isaac walked up. “Hold on,” Augustus said, raising a finger, and turned to Isaac. “That was actually worse than you made it out to be.”“I told you it was bleak.”“Why do you bother with it?”“I don’t know. It kind of helps?”Augustus leaned in so he thought I couldn’t hear. “She’s a regular?” I couldn’t hear Isaac’s comment, but Augustus responded, “I’ll say.” He clasped Isaac by both shoulders and then took a half step away from him. “Tell Hazel about clinic.”Isaac leaned a hand against the snack table and focused his huge eye on me. “Okay, so I went into clinic this morning, and I was telling my surgeon that I’d rather be deaf than blind. And he said, ‘It doesn’t work that way,’ and I was, like, ‘Yeah, I realize it doesn’t work that way; I’m just saying I’d rather be deaf than blind if I had the choice, which I realize I don’t have,’ and he said, ‘Well, the good news is that you won’t be deaf,’ and I was like, ‘Thank you for explaining that my eye cancer isn’t going to make me deaf. I feel so fortunate that an intellectual giant like yourself would deign to operate on me.’”“He sounds like a winner,” I said. “I’m gonna try to get me some eye cancer just so I can make this guy’s acquaintance.”“Good luck with that. All right, I should go. Monica’s waiting for me. I gotta look at her a lot while I can.”“Counterinsurgence tomorrow?” Augustus asked.“Definitely.” Isaac turned and ran up the stairs, taking them two at a time.Augustus Waters turned to me. “Literally,” he said.“Literally?” I asked.“We are literally in the heart of Jesus,” he said. “I thought we were in a church basement, but we are literally in the heart of Jesus.”“Someone should tell Jesus,” I said. “I mean, it’s gotta be dangerous, storing children with cancer in your heart.”“I would tell Him myself,” Augustus said, “but unfortunately I am literally stuck inside of His heart, so He won’t be able to hear me.” I laughed. He shook his head, just looking at me.“What?” I asked.“Nothing,” he said.“Why are you looking at me like that?”Augustus half smiled. “Because you’re beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence.” A brief awkward silence ensued. Augustus plowed through: “I mean, particularly given that, as you so deliciously pointed out, all of this will end in oblivion and everything.”I kind of scoffed or sighed or exhaled in a way that was vaguely coughy and then said, “I’m not beau—”“You’re like a millennial Natalie Portman. Like V for Vendetta Natalie Portman.”“Never seen it,” I said.“Really?” he asked. “Pixie-haired gorgeous girl dislikes authority and can’t help but fall for a boy she knows is trouble. It’s your autobiography, so far as I can tell.”His every syllable flirted. Honestly, he kind of turned me on. I didn’t even know that guys could turn me on—not, like, in real life.A younger girl walked past us. “How’s it going, Alisa?” he asked. She smiled and mumbled, “Hi, Augustus.” “Memorial people,” he explained. Memorial was the big research hospital. “Where do you go?”“Children’s,” I said, my voice smaller than I expected it to be. He nodded. The conversation seemed over. “Well,” I said, nodding vaguely toward the steps that led us out of the Literal Heart of Jesus. I tilted my cart onto its wheels and started walking. He limped beside me. “So, see you next time, maybe?” I asked.“You should see it,” he said. “V for Vendetta, I mean.”“Okay,” I said. “I’ll look it up.”“No. With me. At my house,” he said. “Now.”I stopped walking. “I hardly know you, Augustus Waters. You could be an ax murderer.”He nodded. “True enough, Hazel Grace.” He walked past me, his shoulders filling out his green knit polo shirt, his back straight, his steps lilting just slightly to the right as he walked steady and confident on what I had determined was a prosthetic leg. Osteosarcoma sometimes takes a limb to check you out. Then, if it likes you, it takes the rest.I followed him upstairs, losing ground as I made my way up slowly, stairs not being a field of expertise for my lungs.And then we were out of Jesus’s heart and in the parking lot, the spring air just on the cold side of perfect, the late-afternoon light heavenly in its hurtfulness.Mom wasn’t there yet, which was unusual, because Mom was almost always waiting for me. I glanced around and saw that a tall, curvy brunette girl had Isaac pinned against the stone wall of the church, kissing him rather aggressively. They were close enough to me that I could hear the weird noises of their mouths together, and I could hear him saying, “Always,” and her saying, “Always,” in return.Suddenly standing next to me, Augustus half whispered, “They’re big believers in PDA.”“What’s with the ‘always’?” The slurping sounds intensified.“Always is their thing. They’ll always love each other and whatever. I would conservatively estimate they have texted each other the word always four million times in the last year.”A couple more cars drove up, taking Michael and Alisa away. It was just Augustus and me now, watching Isaac and Monica, who proceeded apace as if they were not leaning against a place of worship. His hand reached for her boob over her shirt and pawed at it, his palm still while his fingers moved around. I wondered if that felt good. Didn’t seem like it would, but I decided to forgive Isaac on the grounds that he was going blind. The senses must feast while there is yet hunger and whatever.“Imagine taking that last drive to the hospital,” I said quietly. “The last time you’ll ever drive a car.”Without looking over at me, Augustus said, “You’re killing my vibe here, Hazel Grace. I’m trying to observe young love in its many-splendored awkwardness.”“I think he’s hurting her boob,” I said.“Yes, it’s difficult to ascertain whether he is trying to arouse her or perform a breast exam.” Then Augustus Waters reached into a pocket and pulled out, of all things, a pack of cigarettes. He flipped it open and put a cigarette between his lips.“Are you serious?” I asked. “You think that’s cool? Oh, my God, you just ruined the whole thing.”“Which whole thing?” he asked, turning to me. The cigarette dangled unlit from the unsmiling corner of his mouth.“The whole thing where a boy who is not unattractive or unintelligent or seemingly in any way unacceptable stares at me and points out incorrect uses of literality and compares me to actresses and asks me to watch a movie at his house. But of course there is always a hamartia and yours is that oh, my God, even though you HAD FREAKING CANCER you give money to a company in exchange for the chance to acquire YET MORE CANCER. Oh, my God. Let me just assure you that not being able to breathe? SUCKS. Totally disappointing. Totally.”“A hamartia?” he asked, the cigarette still in his mouth. It tightened his jaw. He had a hell of a jawline, unfortunately.“A fatal flaw,” I explained, turning away from him. I stepped toward the curb, leaving Augustus Waters behind me, and then I heard a car start down the street. It was Mom. She’d been waiting for me to, like, make friends or whatever.I felt this weird mix of disappointment and anger welling up inside of me. I don’t even know what the feeling was, really, just that there was a lot of it, and I wanted to smack Augustus Waters and also replace my lungs with lungs that didn’t suck at being lungs. I was standing with my Chuck Taylors on the very edge of the curb, the oxygen tank ball-and-chaining in the cart by my side, and right as my mom pulled up, I felt a hand grab mine.I yanked my hand free but turned back to him.“They don’t kill you unless you light them,” he said as Mom arrived at the curb. “And I’ve never lit one. It’s a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.”“It’s a metaphor,” I said, dubious. Mom was just idling.“It’s a metaphor,” he said.“You choose your behaviors based on their metaphorical resonances…” I said.“Oh, yes.” He smiled. The big, goofy, real smile. “I’m a big believer in metaphor, Hazel Grace.”I turned to the car. Tapped the window. It rolled down. “I’m going to a movie with Augustus Waters,” I said. “Please record the next several episodes of the ANTM marathon for me.”CHAPTER TWOAugustus Waters drove horrifically. Whether stopping or starting, everything happened with a tremendous JOLT. I flew against the seat belt of his Toyota SUV each time he braked, and my neck snapped backward each time he hit the gas. I might have been nervous—what with sitting in the car of a strange boy on the way to his house, keenly aware that my crap lungs complicate efforts to fend off unwanted advances—but his driving was so astonishingly poor that I could think of nothing else.We’d gone perhaps a mile in jagged silence before Augustus said, “I failed the driving test three times.”“You don’t say.”He laughed, nodding. “Well, I can’t feel pressure in old Prosty, and I can’t get the hang of driving left-footed. My doctors say most amputees can drive with no problem, but…yeah. Not me. Anyway, I go in for my fourth driving test, and it goes about like this is going.” A half mile in front of us, a light turned red. Augustus slammed on the brakes, tossing me into the triangular embrace of the seat belt. “Sorry. I swear to God I am trying to be gentle. Right, so anyway, at the end of the test, I totally thought I’d failed again, but the instructor was like, ‘Your driving is unpleasant, but it isn’t technically unsafe.’”“I’m not sure I agree,” I said. “I suspect Cancer Perk.” Cancer Perks are the little things cancer kids get that regular kids don’t: basketballs signed by sports heroes, free passes on late homework, unearned driver’s licenses, etc.“Yeah,” he said. The light turned green. I braced myself. Augustus slammed the gas.“You know they’ve got hand controls for people who can’t use their legs,” I pointed out.“Yeah,” he said. “Maybe someday.” He sighed in a way that made me wonder whether he was confident about the existence of someday. I knew osteosarcoma was highly curable, but still.There are a number of ways to establish someone’s approximate survival expectations without actually asking. I used the classic: “So, are you in school?” Generally, your parents pull you out of school at some point if they expect you to bite it.“Yeah,” he said. “I’m at North Central. A year behind, though: I’m a sophomore. You?”I considered lying. No one likes a corpse, after all. But in the end I told the truth. “No, my parents withdrew me three years ago.”“Three years?” he asked, astonished.I told Augustus the broad outline of my miracle: diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer when I was thirteen. (I didn’t tell him that the diagnosis came three months after I got my first period. Like: Congratulations! You’re a woman. Now die.) It was, we were told, incurable.I had a surgery called radical neck dissection, which is about as pleasant as it sounds. Then radiation. Then they tried some chemo for my lung tumors. The tumors shrank, then grew. By then, I was fourteen. My lungs started to fill up with water. I was looking pretty dead—my hands and feet ballooned; my skin cracked; my lips were perpetually blue. They’ve got this drug that makes you not feel so completely terrified about the fact that you can’t breathe, and I had a lot of it flowing into me through a PICC line, and more than a dozen other drugs besides. But even so, there’s a certain unpleasantness to drowning, particularly when it occurs over the course of several months. I finally ended up in the ICU with pneumonia, and my mom knelt by the side of my bed and said, “Are you ready, sweetie?” and I told her I was ready, and my dad just kept telling me he loved me in this voice that was not breaking so much as already broken, and I kept telling him that I loved him, too, and everyone was holding hands, and I couldn’t catch my breath, and my lungs were acting desperate, gasping, pulling me out of the bed trying to find a position that could get them air, and I was embarrassed by their desperation, disgusted that they wouldn’t just let go, and I remember my mom telling me it was okay, that I was okay, that I would be okay, and my father was trying so hard not to sob that when he did, which was regularly, it was an earthquake. And I remember wanting not to be awake.Everyone figured I was finished, but my Cancer Doctor Maria managed to get some of the fluid out of my lungs, and shortly thereafter the antibiotics they’d given me for the pneumonia kicked in.I woke up and soon got into one of those experimental trials that are famous in the Republic of Cancervania for Not Working. The drug was Phalanxifor, this molecule designed to attach itself to cancer cells and slow their growth. It didn’t work in about 70 percent of people. But it worked in me. The tumors shrank.And they stayed shrunk. Huzzah, Phalanxifor! In the past eighteen months, my mets have hardly grown, leaving me with lungs that suck at being lungs but could, conceivably, struggle along indefinitely with the assistance of drizzled oxygen and daily Phalanxifor.Admittedly, my Cancer Miracle had only resulted in a bit of purchased time. (I did not yet know the size of the bit.) But when telling Augustus Waters, I painted the rosiest possible picture, embellishing the miraculousness of the miracle.“So now you gotta go back to school,” he said.“I actually can’t,” I explained, “because I already got my GED. So I’m taking classes at MCC,” which was our community college.“A college girl,” he said, nodding. “That explains the aura of sophistication.” He smirked at me. I shoved his upper arm playfully. I could feel the muscle right beneath the skin, all tense and amazing.We made a wheels-screeching turn into a subdivision with eight-foot-high stucco walls. His house was the first one on the left. A two-story colonial. We jerked to a halt in his driveway.I followed him inside. A wooden plaque in the entryway was engraved in cursive with the words Home Is Where the Heart Is, and the entire house turned out to be festooned in such observations. Good Friends Are Hard to Find and Impossible to Forget read an illustration above the coatrack. True Love Is Born from Hard Times promised a needlepointed pillow in their antique-furnished living room. Augustus saw me reading. “My parents call them Encouragements,” he explained. “They’re everywhere.”•••His mom and dad called him Gus. They were making enchiladas in the kitchen (a piece of stained glass by the sink read in bubbly letters Family Is Forever). His mom was putting chicken into tortillas, which his dad then rolled up and placed in a glass pan. They didn’t seem too surprised by my arrival, which made sense: The fact that Augustus made me feel special did not necessarily indicate that I was special. Maybe he brought home a different girl every night to show her movies and feel her up.“This is Hazel Grace,” he said, by way of introduction.“Just Hazel,” I said.“How’s it going, Hazel?” asked Gus’s dad. He was tall—almost as tall as Gus—and skinny in a way that parentally aged people usually aren’t.“Okay,” I said.“How was Isaac’s Support Group?”“It was incredible,” Gus said.“You’re such a Debbie Downer,” his mom said. “Hazel, do you enjoy it?”I paused a second, trying to figure out if my response should be calibrated to please Augustus or his parents. “Most of the people are really nice,” I finally said.“That’s exactly what we found with families at Memorial when we were in the thick of it with Gus’s treatment,” his dad said. “Everybody was so kind. Strong, too. In the darkest days, the Lord puts the best people into your life.”

Editorial Reviews

CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR THE FAULT IN OUR STARS: “Damn near genius . . . The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it’s also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness.” —Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine “This is a book that breaks your heart—not by wearing it down, but by making it bigger until it bursts.”—The Atlantic “A story about two incandescent kids who will live a long time in the minds of the readers who come to know them.”—People “Remarkable . . . A pitch-perfect, elegiac comedy.”—USA Today “A smarter, edgier Love Story for the Net Generation.”—Family Circle  “Because we all need to feel first love again. . . . Sixteen-year-old Hazel faces terminal cancer with humor and pluck. But it isn’t until she meets Augustus in a support group that she understands how to love or live fully.”—, a Best Book selection and one of “5 Books Every Woman Needs to Read Before Her Next Birthday” “[Green’s] voice is so compulsively readable that it defies categorization. You will be thankful for the little infinity you spend inside this book.”— “Hilarious and heartbreaking . . . reminds you that sometimes when life feels like it’s ending, it’s actually just beginning.”—Parenting magazine  “John Green deftly mixes the profound and the quotidian in this tough, touching valentine to the human spirit.”—The Washington Post  “[Green] shows us true love—two teenagers helping and accepting each other through the most humiliating physical and emotional ordeals—and it is far more romantic than any sunset on the beach.”—New York Times Book Review “In its every aspect, this novel is a triumph.”—Booklist, starred review  “You know, even as you begin the tale of their young romance, that the end will be 100 kinds of awful, not so much a vale as a brutal canyon of tears. . . . Green’s story of lovers who aren’t so much star-crossed as star-cursed leans on literature’s most durable assets: finely wrought language, beautifully drawn characters and a distinctive voice.”—Frank Bruni, The New York Times “A novel of life and death and the people caught in between, The Fault in Our Stars is John Green at his best. You laugh, you cry, and then you come back for more.”—Markus Zusak, bestselling and Printz Honor–winning author of The Book Thief “The Fault in Our Stars takes a spin on universal themes—Will I be loved? Will I be remembered? Will I leave a mark on this world?—by dramatically raising the stakes for the characters who are asking.”—Jodi Picoult, bestselling author of My Sister’s Keeper and Sing You Home “John Green is one of the best writers alive.”—E. Lockhart, National Book Award Finalist and Printz Honor–winning author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and We Were Liars