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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:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.31 × 5.5 × 0.89 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 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My absolute favourite book I love this book so much. Its a great story and incredibly emotional. AMAZING read #Plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from sad yet inspiring This is truly a story of love, loss and strength. Sad yet inspiring!
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my favourite book of all time I love this book so much. Its a great story and incredibly emotional. AMAZING read #Plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Emotionally stirring book, great read.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book of all time Honestly such an amazing read! Love it!! #Plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my favourite YA novels! Such a great read and should not be limited for just YA readers! I would recommend this book to all ages as it tells a tale of not only romance but self development and growth as well. As expected, John Green truly delivers. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok it was fine but way overpriced for what it is
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Underwhelmed It provides unrealistic expectations for cancer patients #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not worth it It was a quick read but boring. It was a sad story but this book was too much of a hype. If you don't read it your not missing out. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Probably in my top 5 of all time!! This is such a great book! Such a rollercoaster of emotions, I have read it at least 5 times and I still cry at the exact same moment!
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An amazingly written book! The Fault in our Stars is a great book with a fantastic story line. It is filled with emotion! I would recommend reading this book!
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book consumed me. I lived in every word, and felt every feeling.
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My absolute favourite book Such an emotional rollercoaster. Amazing story, amazing characters. Such a strong book! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy read This was a quick read. A very emotional story but a tad unrealistic.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good book ... A good book but sort of predictable. The ending was very emotional.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE! I loved this book so much! It made me cry so many was kind of an emotional roller coaster, with it being sad & then 'lovey-dove-y.'
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes me feel warm Cozy and warm book to read next to a fireplace drinking hot-coco and wearing a wool scarf around your neck.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it was okay. I found that the book was over-hyped. The story was not realistic and cliché, The writing was very long and somewhat complicated. But with all that aside, the romance and the emotions I felt throughout out the book were nice. It is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. I recommend if you like overly exaggerated & non realistic romance. I do not recommend if you don't like complicated and long writing.
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Truly broke my heart! I cried. Like, waterworks. I wish they didn't have to be star-crossed lovers. (By the way, the phrase "The Fault in Our Stars" is a quote from Shakespeare's Julius Caeser, IKR!) It was very good overall.
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from We all know how much this book is hyped about I do not really like it. And I feel the story has a lot of loopholes. And the ending is heart shattering.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite Such a good story, super emotional. Loved it #Plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All the emotions I bought this book when it initially came out and have reread it multiple times. Such a great book, but be prepared that you are in for an emotional read.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from popular novel! great book, filled with both joy and sadness.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A touching novel John Green conveys this story of love and loss in such a way that you're able to feel the love and loss that the main character experiences. It's a novel that can be resonate with readers far beyond the YA audience.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it get ready for lots of tears! definitely a heart wrenching book but soooo worth it
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS This book is heartbreaking and heartwarming. it will make you happy,sad, joyful, frustrated and angry. I have watched the movie as well, and as usual the book is better. The wring is phenomenal.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Really enjoyed the characters.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really loved it! This book hit really close to home for me, so I did have a personal attachment to it. I read within 4 hours on a road trip with my family, such a page turner!!
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok didn't end up where I thought it would
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from NICE! I do feel that this book is slightly overhyped. I read this book in a day and to be honest, I didn't really cry.... Yes, I can admit the ending was sad but I feel like I appreciate John Green's writing style over the story. Some aspects I really loved about the book but its worth a read if you are looking for a nice contemporary book with some feels
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing !!! This story is just amazing. Any book that can physically bring you to tears is a winner in my books. Such a crazy, sad, beautiful love story.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story I read this novel when I was in grade 7 and til now I love the plot of how John Green represents star-crossed lovers.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A beautiful story! A great read for anyone who needs a love story that has an alternative ending. Heartbreaking and beautiful.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Riveting. This book is riveting.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Had hope, dissapointed I love JG as a youtuber and just an insightful person. This book was an easy read, good enough to pass time and seem up to date. But nothing amazing about it.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming Story This is a book that you will never want to put down and read over and over again. Life changing story that you will love.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Such an inspiring and interesting read, simply could not put it down! Great job!
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read I enjoyed reading this novel and John Green is an amazing writer, but I do believe that this book was a little overhyped.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Metiphorical fun. What else can I say? This book changed my life.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing fantastic, wonderful, truly lovable
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY FAV My most fav book of all time
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS Read this in grade 7 and has stayed with me since.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read! This book is amazing! I found it to be very real and emotional. The characters are extremely likeable and their friendships and relationships are what make this book so relatable and heartwarming!
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read, Excellent Author I know this is said all the time, but it was so much better than the movie (which was excellent). John Green excels at connecting to the teenagers and how they feel. While I have not personally experienced the what the characters under went, the writing so good that it allowed me to developed a strong bond with them. I highly recommend for any young adult.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not that great I read it quickly and it was ok for the most part but the day after having finished it, it didn't stay with me. Instead I was left asking myself why all the hype and why did I pay for this. Paper Towns wasn't any better.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very sweet story This story will definitely tug at your heartstrings. It is a teen love story with a bit more depth than the average teen fiction. It explores cancer and terminal illnesses in young people, and how the quality of life is in the experiences not the length.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the movie! Aren't they always. Great read. Will make you laugh and cry. Has some very poignant moments for anyone who's dealt with a health issues -- especially while a young adult. Somehow I think it makes some of it funnier too. Good read. And an easy, quick one too.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Great book, the introduction of some characters and the setting was fantastic and I enjoy the way it's been written out in the book
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wondeful It did not end the way I was hoping for and I cried like a baby but still an amazing book!!
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So much is right! Very very touching and emotional book. One star off, because I cried too much from the descriptions
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good (but calm down fans) Great book. Easy read and enjoyable. Made me cry - but in a good way. I was a little unhappy at the end, but that was because it didn't end how I wanted it to. People do overrate this book though. Don't get me wrong, it's a good book, but people make it out to be the best thing since sliced bread. Just read it - it's easy to read - but don't expect it to change your life.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book. I love a book that I don't want to put down and this book did absolutely that. This is a wonderful book and the story just comes to life. If you're craving a good book, I truly recommend this one.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This was an interesting read full of life lessons learned through experiencing a terrible loss. Reading this provides insight into the grieving mind along with strategies to support someone experiencing los
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderfully heartbreaking I loved this book when it came out and it has its flaws but it's really wonderful but sad story!
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Defs would read again it is over-hyped for sure, but it'll still make you cry! Defiantly going to read it again.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book! Read it and Loved it. would recomend to anyone that wants to read a great book.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !!!! This was one of the best books I've ever read! 10/10 would recommend :)
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read- Tear jerker I loved this story. It is beautifully written. Many tears were shed while reading this
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok read the partial arc for this and cant wait to get my hands on the rest soo excited its such an incredible thriller coming from a contemporary writer
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The book was amazing! I read this book two years ago and I really want to read it again! The book was very good and i could totally feel the characters' emotions. I almost cry to be honest!
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Highly recommend even if you don't normally read fantasy
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I truly loved this book. Its absolutely beautifully written and it touches your heart.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay 3.5/5 I do feel that this novel is a little overrated, though I can understand why people like it. Pretentious at times, and not quite the 'saddest book ever', TFIOS remains a quick read that provides real emotional impact and deals with some heavy topics. If you tend to read and enjoy a lot of YA, you'll probably like this one.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I cried Beautiful story about illness and young love. It may have broken my heart!
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely read this over watching the movie the book is pretty cute but really sad. john green's only book that i actually like to be honest.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a good book Such an emotional book that would touch anyone.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Overrated This book is a very exaggerated and unrealistic love-story that is completely exhausted. This type of storyline is a lure-an-hook for (not to generalize) teen age girls, and media friendly clichés that everyone falls in love with. The film only perpetuates this phenomenon. There isn't really any substance to the book or the writing style. John Green's writing is mediocre; it gets the message across in a simple, uncreative way. The only surprising elements that make it the slightest bit unique is the fact that both of them are ill with cancer.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OKAY???? John Green is a pure cinnamon bun and I love him. He has given the world a gift, and that is The Fault In Our Stars
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely loved such a beautiful, but sad story
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I cried The movie made me red the book, it's even more sad. Great read.
Date published: 2017-10-03

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