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The Fault In Our Stars

byJohn Green

Paperback | April 8, 2014

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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. ...
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Title:The Fault In Our StarsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.56 × 0.88 inPublished:April 8, 2014Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014242417X

ISBN - 13:9780142424179

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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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book John Green is just the best. He creates these amazing characters and makes the reader connect with them and their storylines.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not worth it This has got to be the most overrated book. Save your time, read something else.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book This book will forever be my favourite book of all time. It's incredibly emotional but told from such a young honest perspective. Loved it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made me cry! I had to get my hands on this book as soon as possible when it first came out! I absolutely loved this book. This book really made me appreciate life so much more and view life from another perspective. I was in love with the characters. John Green created beautiful and heart wrenching characters who were relatable at the same time!!
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Story Bittersweet to say the least. Certainly an emotional read.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK! I love this book, not only is it compelling, it is compassionate and built for a young adult audience. BUt, whos stopping adults from falling in love with this novel. Perfect for a laugh or a good cry. Definately recommend this novel to everyone.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Loved It! One of my ultimate favourite books! Read this book in two days and would read it again in a heartbeat! Loved it!!!
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from awesome Really enjoyed this book, John Green is amazing!
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from great! Really good read. Much better than the movie, and I loved the movie.
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok this was an exceptional read
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Poignant and real Authentic characters and a story you can really get into. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Quintessential YA Novel I read this back in high school and found it as a gateway to other great YA novels. Great novel, great movie, and great deconstruction of the maniac pixie dream love interest trope.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Quintessential YA Novel I read this back in high school and found it as a gateway to other great YA novels. Great novel, great movie, and great deconstruction of the maniac pixie dream love interest trope.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! A beautiful but heart wrenching story about life and love and dying. Could not recommend this enough!
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I've read this book several times since purchasing it a couple years ago and it will always be a great read!
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! The fault in our stars is an emotional car ride that is not like any other. so glad I got this book!
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Book!! Although I have not read this book in a few years, I am still so in love with the writing, characters and plot. I fell in love with the characters and this book honestly just destroyed me heart ( in a good way). I find myself rereading it every once in awhile and I am due for another re-read in a bit :)
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED! A really good book, made me smile and cry.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a little overrated, but good nonetheless john green does a great job combining humour with tragedy, there's a very good blend and balance between the two. although there are some very unrealistic teenager-y lines and scenes in this story that seem far too cliche, it's still a good book to read if you want to feel the whole spectrum of emotions.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book A beautiful book about young love with such bravery and courage faced with ultimately a death sentence. I cried many many times. Life is not fair it really isn't. This book is raw it's real it's reality ... Cancer Sucks
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is one of my Favourite books!!!!!! I flew through this book, and I finished in a day. It was an amazing compelling read that really made you think about your life. It was one of the first books I have ever read to make me really cry. It's sad but totally worth it. I love John Green's writing style. I read Paper Towns first and I loved it. I then read this book, and I was not disappointed. He is a great author and this book proves it.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Why??? Why is this book so popular? It's full of cliches and cheesy lines and unoriginality.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overrated This story is way too overrated. Don't understand the huge amount of love for it.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I cry every single time My review title says it all... The book seems to get better each time you read it. Once you start reading TFIOS, you won't be able to stop.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ripped my heart. It's really becoming a classic.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books of all time! I've never read something that could make me cry
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overhyped It was okay, it was a pleasant read but I expected more from all the positive reviews.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is worthwhile and definitely worth a read! There is such a deep meaning behind this novel. I could not stop reading it, and even though it is pretty lengthy, it passes by so fast because you never want to stop reading. This book leaves you always wanting to find out what happens next. There is a plot twist in this story that definitely takes you by surprise and changes your take and outlook on the entire story as a whole. It is worthwhile and definitely worth a read!
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved the romance! I really liked the characters and though I found some parts unrealistic, I was still very emotionally invested.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I cried I usually don't cried much but this story brought me to tears. The relationship between Hazel and Augustus was so cute but tragic at the same time.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from it's really that good there are people who complain that this isn't realistic, it's a book get over yourself, you have to suspend your disbelief. Though there are times you have to ignore the fact that not all of it would happen in real life, there is something beautiful, and real in the emotions John Green paints. He writes a love story that doesn't feel cheesy and when it is, it's meant to be. I didn't want to read it after all the hype it received, but then I did, and I loved it as much as everyone thought I would.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth a re-read Even after all these years I still enjoy The Fault in Our Stars.its the kind of book you read when you want to have a good cry. The story at times can be a bit slow but what it lacks in action it makes up for in heart. You can't help but like Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating and emotional I loved this book! I read it slowly, then all at once ;)
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved This books was the perfect cutsie romance novel, sometimes after reading a lot of heavier nooks it is nice to have a light hearted one that still has a point. i got the feels with this one, i laughed i cried i smiled. the ending was perfect. i wrapped up the novel so nicely.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Everyone should read this book, it is incredibly meaningful
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nicholas Sparks Vibes from this book Great story! Get ready to feel a range of emotions from happy to sad and crying.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved It! I thought this was an amazing and thoughtful book. John brings us into the life of a teenager with a terminal illness and helps us to imagine everyone more complexly. Hazel and Gus were both fully alive every minute they lived, even when they were very sick. I really enjoyed reading this book.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Pulls at your heart strings and makes you believe in love again. That even a little situation can become something so important to you
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good a good read, emotionally-charged
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love this! I love this book so much, this book has put me on an emotional roller coaster. It may not have been realistic but I loved it, I have water logged a few pages with my tears.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING, I CRIED. This book made me content, sad, and hopeful at the same time.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Picked this up at random and really much enjoyed it. It made me giggle and sad at the end.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! Read this after seeing the movie, of course the book was so much better! Loved it
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful There were times when I couldn't put the book down, and times where it was too hard to keep reading. Amazing #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully sad Another book that put me through an emotional roller coaster. It was predictable in the sense that with this kind of genre, you just know that someone is going to d**, but in my experience of reading this book, I was surprised by who that person ended up being. I got teary-eyed, so points there.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book altho had me in tears most of the time!
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty story Beautifully written but a definite tearjerker. Grab the Kleenex!
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Easy Read I purchased this book to read before watching the film and thought it was a beautiful story. It was one of those books that I wanted to read in one sitting. It really keeps the reader intrigued and definitely is a tear jerker.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite book I absolutely love this book! I've read it one shot and I can assure you it's the best way to read it because literally everything hits you and the feels omg. Anyway, it's one of my favourite book ever because of the caracthers, the storyline, the quotes and of course the author. So if you didn't read it yet, what are you waiting for? :) Btw, no it's not overrated, yes it deserves all its praises.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing This is one of the best books I've ever read. Incredibly touching story.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speechless Sad and beautiful. Loved it
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will need Kleenex! Beautifully written, heartbreaking but wonderful lo be story that will give you all of the feels.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I love this book. I was surprised at the ending. It was real and emotional. I would recommend.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I fell in love with book and its characters! All the characters were humorous despite all their issues! It's a beautiful and tragic love story!
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad, but good I cried and cried with this book, but it was sooo good!
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 8/10 Great book that will bring you on an emotional roller coaster and make you feel warm and fuzzy at the same time
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great light read! Fun characters~Cried like a baby halfway through.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was a fun read An interesting humorous way to look at a dark subject
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was a fun read An interesting humorous way to look at a dark subject
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really nice book i especially love how humourous all the characters were. good story
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read! This book is still one of my favorites books, it truly is amazing. I laughed and smiled all while bawling my eyes out.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For sure the best book I have ever read I am not the kind of person (or at least I thought) who would cry reading a book but you can't not cry. Very touching, sad but in a good way. John Green is an amazing author and this book is just heart-warming. It was so well written that I felt for the other characters like I knew them in real life. 100/5 rating.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from <3 Other reviewers have said this story is totally unrealistic, but I think it is one of John Green's most realistic story lines. And sick or not, I think the characters in this novel are the most relatable, and perhaps most well developed.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's Heather's pick for a reason! It is an amazing book and will make your heart melt! Read it in less than 3 days thats how amazing it was (and Im a slow reader!!) It was just so amazing!
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing one of my favourite books ever
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from i loved it it's sappy and romantic, it's perfect
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i read it before it was cool my favourite book of all times and I've read a lot of books
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ok where do i begin... Ok so this book is about cancer. Cancer books are extremely sad, scary and difficult to read as many people find them uncomfortable and scary! However, when you mix romance with cancer, you know it's gonna be a tragedy. This book reminded me of Romeo and Juliet, not only because it was about love and romance, but because it was so so sad! John Green, as we all know, is a talented, and brilliant, smart writer who is a genius, writes metaphors, and the words in the poem are VERY impactful and fit in so well with the story, it will MIND-BLOW you!! This book is very very popular and tons of people have read it or at least heard of it, and a movie has been made out of it with very popular actors as well like Ansel Elgort and Shaliene Woodley. Despite that, this book was truly original and beautiful from the start, whether or not there are so many people who know it. I think it is very sad, and tragic, as it talks about cancer. It is also very mature, deep, and dark, so I would only recommend this to older teens and adults. However, this is a genious book because it is written so connectively. Despite this, there are scary scenes in the book as well. But, I would recommend it for older people, unless you do not like to read about cancer, because it is SAD, and it is scary.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! Amazing, loved it to pieces.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick heart wrenching read This book, is a fast read, But it is sad, really sad.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Fantastic Book! This is my far one of my favourite books. For anyone who is interested in romance and heartache with a touch of humour, this is your book. It really touched me with it's authenticity to reality and life. Definitely a book that is worth it!
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible One of the best written books Ive ever read. John Green has an amazing talent in story-telling. A must read.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5 Quick & entertaining & sad.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad but heartwarming Great love story. Slightly over hyped, but nevertheless a good read. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this one! John Green's best so far, in my opinion. Great teenage characters who have a certain spin to their perspective on life. Great dialogue and the star crossed lovers are sufficiently down to earth, yet obviously made for each other.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's not his best I would recommend other John Green books over this one, but this one is certainly good. As someone who also has a chronic disease, I read this shortly after I was diagnosed. While the book portrays an illness through a different light than how I view mine, it was interesting for me to read another perspective on chronic illness.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nope Over-hyped. Unrealistic plot. Cringe-worthy passages--teenagers simply don't talk like that.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Contemporary classic I think the plot is a little unrealistic, but John Green definitely has a way of making you feel like you're actual friends with his characters. Some beautiful passages too.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a great read will make you cry will make you laugh
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Very good novel. Definite recommendation.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breath-taking This was worth the time to read. I loved it, but I'm not sure what I think about the ending (anyone who chooses to read it will have to decide for me).
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Fault In Our Stars As emotional as books get. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nope I know there was a lot of hype around this book and everyone I knew was talking about it. After looking it up and doing some research on what it was about I determined that it wasn't the kind of book I would want to read. But someone gave it to me as a gift so I eventually did read it and it was kind of a waste of time. I called the ending right from the beginning so reading the book was almost painful at points. It wasn't the book for me but I'm sure others would enjoy it.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tearjerker I loved John Green's writing and absolutely adored the love between Hazel and Augustus, although not entirely realistic.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay I read this book before I knew how popular it was because a friend of mine recommended it to me, so I didn't know anything at all about it before I started reading. To be honest, I just wasn't really impressed with it. I admit that there are some really interesting quotes and ideas, but the story itself just didn't draw me in. I don't think it's a bad book at all, but it's just not something I would actively recommend to people or ever reread. I also just found that I got really annoyed with the main character way too much. I would recommend John Green's other books over this one. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book Great book. Obviously idealistic/simplistic (it's fiction), but very well written. I wept a lot of tears at the end of this. I was also a bit mad about how Green ended it (I wanted it to be happier). Probably would read it again, but not a classic like Harry Potter. Easy read. Great for a plane ride or something like that. 10/10 would recommend.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Have a Tissue Box Ready This book will tear your heart out, stomp on it, and then leave you wanting more.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get ready to cry Get ready to cry, a lot. I think everyone has either read or watched this by now but if you haven't and you need a good cry, pick it up. *trigger warning; cancer & death*
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly beautifully Such an amazing and beautiful story so touching
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Overall amazing and touching
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible Read! This was a great book to read (by far better than the movie). It does feel like it is written for teenagers, but the message is still extremely inspiring!
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE THIS BOOK! Took me about a week to read it but the story is so cute! I loved it just as much as the movie. Great read if you like teenage romance and (some) tragedy.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! Such an amazing story, highly recommend, Draws on emotion and difficult to put down.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Cried and I Don't Cry Easy I read this book because all my friends had (peer pressure is great) and I wanted to see what all the excitement was about. All of them were nice enough to never tell me too much about the book except that the girl had cancer (because that's literally on the first page). I read this book in 16 straight hours because it was that addictive to me. My mother came into my crying on my bed because of the climax of events. The way John Green writes is amazing and it has made me read some of his others works such as "Paper Towns" and "Looking for Alaska", but I believe that this book is one of his bests. This is a refreshing take on the tragedies that come with having cancer and brings it into a new light where it is not all about "woe is me" and actually grounds the events with realistic reactions. I highly recommend this book. I also recommend checking out John Green on YouTube where he does a web series entitled Crash Course. He tackles everything from Ancient History to Psychology in a hilariously entertaining way. Check out this amazing guy through his literature and video work.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Popular but Good Usually I am not a fan of popular ones, but this book lived up to expectations. The characters' emotion was real and poignant.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book This book was emotionally moving. The whole book is about the relationship between two teenagers who are dealing with cancer. Green is capable of capturing human emotion when confronted with the topics of love and loss.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Don't Even Know My teenage self loved this book, and probably still does, but I would only pick it up again because of my sentimentality and nostalgia. If you are a teen needing a romance crave, and fast, be sure to give this book a try. Now, if you're wanting a complex story about finding yourself with major twists and turns on the way, then maybe set your expectations lower. Also, I am not, in any way, trying to discredit or demean John Green and his work, but angst ridden teens with an insta-love crave would surely love this. Talking about my past self (and maybe present self) right now, so.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read I read this book because of all the hype and I was pleasantly surprised at how sweet and honest it was. This is a fairly easy read. A super cute, love story that is damaged by sickness. A real tearjerker!!
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from underwhelming I came into reading this book expecting a lot from the story. It was a plot that was something that hadn't been touched upon (Not romance, but the idea of cancer patients and the wonderful world of medicine). Considering that I have read John Green's other work, and all of the ravings it got, I was expecting more. However, it is not as good as his other novels and I would rather recommend his other works to people than this book. I did enjoy the book however, but thought that it wasn't his best work and he has done better on other works like An Abundance of Katherine's or Looking For Alaska.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartfelt Good read! I read the book because I really wanted to watch the movie but when I finished I liked it so much I was afraid to watch the film and be disappointed. But the film did not disappoint either! One of the most accurate book-to-film adaptations I've seen. Don't let that stop you from reading the book though! The details are worth the read!
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read it! Read it! Read it! I read this for school. I wouldn't have read it otherwise. It was not on my reading list. I am so glad it was required reading. I liked it so much more than I expected to. The love story is not really about romance but the idea of living. It's about how two different people with cancer choose to live. Gus likes grand gestures. Hazel prefers the little things. Gus wants to leave a mark on the world. Hazel just wants to be known by her loved ones. More than anything, the book flips the script. Instead of hearing from everyone else about how cancer has affected them, we hear from the kids with cancer. It's a very refreshing thing to hear as someone that would have otherwise never known. I recommend this to the readers who, like myself, need a story about more than just romance. This book is about a lot more than just romance.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I thought this book was great and I loved the characters. The ending of this book was tragic but it was beautiful! Great read!
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!! Characters: amazing /Relationships: omg so cute /Feels: YESSS /Relatable: sorta /Pace: great /Boring parts: none /Worth the Read: YES
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Many Feels!!! Characters: awesome /Relationships: OMG YES /Feels: SOOOO many /Relatable: sorta /Pace: perfect /Boring parts: none /Worth the Read: yup! this book is absolutely amazing
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The best book ever sad but still amazing if I could I would rate it 6 stars! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I love this book. It made me cry a lot and it was heartful enough said.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring. Honestly, I only read this book because so many people were reading it - even people who don't normally read at all. When I finally read the book, I was disappointed and didn't understand what everyone was so hyped up about. I never cried, I actually laughed a lot, though not at the sad parts. Overall, the story was pretty stereotypical and not very exciting. Also, the story wasn't relatable at all, I actually don't think it could happen in real life at all.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book!!!! I bought this book a few years ago and I instantly fell in love. This novel was the book to start my John Green addiction. It made me cry, laugh, and gush over how cute Augustus and Hazel were, I loved it!
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked This book got me hooked from page one. From the beginning, it's so hard to stop reading!!
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book and Important This book is very important. It brought a new perspective to cancer character driven books. Hazel isn't defined by her failing health and she see's to it that everyone who comes along her path knows it. It isn't a typical sad story of young dying love; the characters bring their own baggage and wittiness to the book. A good read!!
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Overrated and predictable I think it was over-hyped. It was good writing, but just not a fan of the story itself and didn't really get into it. I think because of all the hype, I expected too much.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Cute!!!!!! Characters: Adorable /Relationships: YES /Feels: so many!!! /Relatable: sort of /Pace: great /Boring parts: none /Worth the Read: absolutely
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD!! This book is one of my all time favourites!! 100% recommend. I have had this book for many years and it is still my go to book!
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful wonderful wonderful I loved this book so much. You just fall in love with the characters. Great for anybody from teen years to adulthood. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT BOOK CRIED LIKE A BABY Great book!! Cried like a baby at the ending. Such a beautiful story!! Five stars!
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites... This book is one of my favourite books. I've read it too many times to count. I can pick it up and start it from any point and still love it. It's not a book everyone loves, many find it too simple, but it's a good read and makes you feel for the characters.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was a good book, but overly hyped. I read it when it was popular and I loved it.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book I am not one to read contemporary novels but this one is one if my favourites so beautiful it made me cry
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this book!! Absolutely one of my favourites.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Book Is Always Better Than The Movie!! Quirky characters and quick remarks that make you laugh. A story webbed through tragedy, Green's characters bring life and realism - both a humorous and refreshing look at life, love and all that comes in between!
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overrated This book was way too over-hyped. If you need to keep yourself motivated to read a book, you know it's not very good. After reading almost 300 pages and not enjoying it, I felt there is no point to keep pushing the story forward. I have never finished the book nor watched the movie and I'm absolutely fine with that.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overrated I thought this book was a little predictable. It was also way overrated. The writing itself is good, just wasn't in love with the story or the characters. Great writing, just not a fan. I think I expected more, there was just too much hype for it.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Such a good book. I was so invested in these characters and really cared about them. The story is sweet, sad and uplifting. I enjoyed how there was some legitimate sad parts. I don't enjoy when stories are too cookie cutter perfect, it lacks realism.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! Beautiful, heartfelt, and a real tear-jerker. One of the best coming of age stories about love and struggle I have ever read.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Good Well written and I could relate to the character. It wasn't a forced read....I wanted to keep reading.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a fan I didn't like this book, and It didn't live up to all the hype.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Enjoyed it I loved the writing. It's a sweet and touching story, I really enjoyed reading it. As in if it's worth all the hype...I am not sure...but it was definitely a good read nonetheless.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites Easily one of my favourite books! I became so connected with the characters and I just really enjoyed the storyline! And of course, the book is better than the movie
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite novel by Green I found Green's other novels, such as Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns, very boring and pointless. The plot seemed to drag on and on and I felt like there was literally no point to the story. However, TFIOS was the complete opposite. I fell in love with the characters and the style of writing. Overall, it was an amazing read.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional! Very beautiful novel by John Green.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Average At Best After seeing the movie and all the hype I feel prey to purchasing this book. Unfortunately it was not my cup of tea at all, and found it boring and drier than unbuttered toast.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable First one I've ready by John Green. Good story, maybe a bit overhyped, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good. the whole book takes you on a journey
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Overrated This book is incredibly overrated, as well as predictable. What people seem to love so much about this book is how many quote-worthy lines there are. And, in my opinion, that isn't what makes a good story. Sure - you can pick and choose which lines you want to use for a cute and quirky instagram description, but - hell - you can use the internet to find those lines and save some money.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Bit Over-Psyched This was a good book, don't get me wrong, it's just a little over psyched. People gave it so much praise but once you actually read it it's a little underwhelming. I would still recommend reading it, just be prepared to cry.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eh This book was okay. It was overrated in my opinion. It's decent and not that bad.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Over-Hyped & Not That Great Unfortunately I was expecting so much more from this book and it fell short of my wishes.... I don't think this book deserves all the hype that it receives, but I think I'm going to give it another read to see if I still feel that way after I read it again. I would still recommend it though to people who like YA lit.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So-so The greatness of this novel was overdone. It was a decent, depressive love story. If you like heartbreaking, sad stories then this is your book!
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Whaaat? Ending killed me. Unexpected and really depressing. Plus i did so.much bawling after reading the book. Nicely written.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking I read it around the time the movie came out and it's heartbreaking. I was left in tears
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An emotional journey. Definitely a book that will capture your heart and maybe make you tear up a little bit at the theme.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty good An unexpected ending, yea. It wasn't quite realistic, but it was good.
Date published: 2017-03-11

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.”—Oprah.com, 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.”—NPR.org “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