The Fault in Our Stars

Kobo ebook | January 10, 2012

byJohn Green

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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 is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.


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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, irre...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:Penguin Group USLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Hopeless romantic here! Bawled my eyes out during both reading and watching the movie!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from i liked it It was cute, although I sometimes felt that the romance was not realistic.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So cute! Such a cute romance novel :)
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book This book was interesting good to read if you are with someone going through serious health problems
Date published: 2015-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Marvelous! This is a true work of art! It was well-written and the book was an infinite of it's own. "Some infinities are bigger than other infinities." I enjoyed every moment of the journey and this is a must read.
Date published: 2015-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting perspective While I thought the book was well written, I was a little disappointed. I think because of all the movie hype(which I still haven't watched), it didn't live up to my expectations but was still a good read.
Date published: 2015-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prepare to cry Such a wonderful love story. I know that's all we seem to have now are silly love stories, but I felt more attached to Hazel Grace and His than any other love story ever told. Be sure to have tissues, this book will have you crying.
Date published: 2015-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful love store. Beside the Cancer. The love between Hazel and Gus and all the journal the have are wonderful and inspiring. I will ready agan
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finally I have finally read this book after all this time and I surprisingly really liked it, I didn't find it amazing but it was still very good. I thought I knew how this book would end but it was a surprise and caught me off guard I don't cry often when it comes to books but this one made me tear up. There were some flaws within this book I didn't always like Hazel as a character but overall she was fun. Overall this was a good book I am glad I finally read it but Im not sure if I will anything else from John Green nothing seems to really stick out to me.
Date published: 2015-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome It was amazing and I absolutely felt like i knew the characters through to the end. I love this book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good romance,
Date published: 2015-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WONDERFUL!!!!! The fault in our stars is mindblown…The word choses that John Green chose was amazing…You need to read The Fault In Our Stars
Date published: 2015-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The fault in our stars I rated this book 5 stars because it is very interesting book and you should read it. It is great!!!
Date published: 2015-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful, touching and romantic I loved this novel! It captivated me from go and I couldn't put it down. This is a story of two teenagers coming together because they are terminally ill and the story that unfolds from it is breathtaking.
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful, touching and romantic I loved this novel! It captivated me from go and I couldn't put it down. This is a story of two teenagers coming together because they are terminally ill and the story that unfolds from it is breathtaking.
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The fault in our stars Amazing read! I never cry reading a book and this one had me blubbering like a baby! I would recommend this book to everyone!
Date published: 2015-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing! Couldn't get enough and finished in one night. Heart wrenching story that makes you cherish every moment of each day!
Date published: 2015-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read! I bought the book after falling in love with the movie. Just as I expected, the book is even better than the movie!
Date published: 2015-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charisma Please read this before you watch the movie because it's so much better! Not to bad for a "chick book"
Date published: 2015-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific Book!!! Writing a review for a book that already has thousands of reviews seems unnecessary, but this book spoke to me. It spoke to me in the way that "An Imperial Affliction" spoke to Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, which is to say it spoke profoundly. I'm sure I wasn't John Green's intended reader. I haven't read a YA book in 30 years and only did so on a recommendation. It surprised me to engage so intensely with a book again. I'm a fan and want to support something great.
Date published: 2015-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific Book!!! Writing a review for a book that already has thousands of reviews seems unnecessary (and this is the 1st review I've written on Amazon), but this book spoke to me. It spoke to me in the way that "An Imperial Affliction" spoke to Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, which is to say it spoke profoundly. I'm sure I wasn't John Green's intended reader. I haven't read a YA book in 30 years and only did so on a recommendation. It surprised me to engage so intensely with a book again. So I guess I'm writing this, not because it needs to be said, but because I'm a fan and want to support something really great.
Date published: 2015-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read This book touched me! My father and aunt both had lung cancer, though only one survived, so this book touched very close to home. I cried so much but could not put this book down!
Date published: 2015-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! I thought it was amazing and sad I cried I loved its my favorite book a must read!!!!!!!! And a great movie
Date published: 2015-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The fault in our stars I really love this book, my daughter had lung disease and it really touched my heart . I could read it again
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will fall in LOVE! I bought and read this book of August 2013. I LOVED it so much! I swear, if it was possible, I would have drowned in my own tears. This book is one of my favourites. I talk about it so much, my friends borrow my copy and read it! I give this an infinite amount of stars.
Date published: 2014-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book I purchased this book a week ago and cant stop reading. I have seen the movie and it was amazing. this book is so interesting! im in love with it
Date published: 2014-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book I purchased this book a week ago and cant stop reading. I have seen the movie and it was amazing. this book is so interesting! im in love with it
Date published: 2014-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not groundbreaking, but memorable The novel is a whirlpool of emotion. It?ll make you laugh out loud, even when the characters discuss touchy subjects. They?re trying to live the best lives they can, even with its struggles and imperfections, but aren?t we all? Even if Hazel and Augustus don?t have the best circumstances, they do what they can, even crack a joke or two to laugh about death rather than let it loom over them. While the novel wasn?t groundbreaking, it is memorable. Complete Review:
Date published: 2014-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I've ever read! My friend told me what this book is about and I thought that I wouldn't like it, but after I read this book I was in love with it this is the best book you could ever read! It includes love, real life problems, friendship and romance of relatable characters. BEST BOOK EVER!
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I bought this book last September and it has totally changed my life. Ive read it over six times and every time it brings me to tears. John Green beautifully captured how to celebrate life. Every time I read this book, I experience a new emotions. John Green has made Augustus and Hazel seem real in a way that no other books can. This book is the definition of perfection to me, it has become my "An Imperial Affliction". Although there are antagonists in this book, John Green never created a "Bad Guy", just a guy who was in an unfortunate situation. This is honestly the best book ever and it is a must read!!
Date published: 2014-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect!! This book is so good that I don't have words to say... I laughed and cried reading it and I loved it. I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to enjoy a beautiful story.
Date published: 2014-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tears.Tears.And more tears. The Fault In Our Stars is beautifully written,it's the definition of perfection I absolutely love it.Hazel and Augustus's relationship is so passionate,so carefree.Everything in this book was amazing,I don't get how some people don't enjoy it is much—really,its hard to believe.I laughed,smiled and cried during the book,its so sad yet so amusing. TFIOS is such an amazing book,I consumed every word in me.No matter how much times I read it nothing ever gets old.The ending is touching it left me on the edge wanting for more.Before you even know it you're reading the book over again,enjoying it more than the first time.It shattered me when I reached the ending,I was so desperate for what happens to Hazel,what happens to Isaac,so many questions stirred in me as I reached the last 5 words (not gonna spoil it.)All of this is beautiful,fantastic,hilarious,sad—I can go on forever. The movie leaves me hanging just as the book had done to me (though during the movie I cried more than I should'v) It pulls at my heart's strings,it breaks my heart at points,it makes me laugh hard at times thus being said everything in it made me so emotional. All of the characters were amazing,they fit in with the story so well!Though I do hate Peter Van Houten :- / Definitely the best book I have ever read in my whole life.Its a definite must read,not telling you to but you must it is beyond amazing!So heart wrenching and so beautiful. Every time I read this I get nothing but laughter,smiles and tears,tears and more tears.John Green is so encouraging,TFIOS gives me beyond relief when I read it. I lived by every word and consumed it all. Must read,but prepare for tears.
Date published: 2014-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Fault in Our Stars I picked up this book because of all the hype about it online regardless of the fact that my friend told me his older sister had deemed the book, "badly written, but with a sad story". I admit that it's not the kind of book that I would have even considered buying based on its synopsis and it makes me think about all of the books that I've ever chosen not to read. In addition, being an eighteen-year-old with a fair share of teen fiction under her belt, I had gotten rather bored of reading teen romance stories. Now, having finished the book, I have mixed feelings. Part of me feels as if I should be shouting from the mountaintops, raving like a mad man about how everyone should read TFIOS. Another part of me feels as Hazel did about her favourite book, An Imperial Affliction; I don't want to share this book with my friends, for fear that they will not enjoy it as much as I have, for fear that they will not connect to Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, and for fear that they will not understand it. I know that TFIOS has no shortage of shining reviews and that it is not entirely necessary to write yet another, but I wouldn't feel as if my journey with TFIOS were completed without adding my own two cents. I will start off by saying that I understand why my friend's older sister thought TFIOS to be badly written, but I firmly disagree. I imagine she (a very well read individual) was hoping to find something extraordinary about the writing of this book. I imagine that she wanted to read something that sounded like it were written by masters of their craft, by someone with more years of experience in writing than years without. Perhaps I am wrong and it lies on the other side of the spectrum. Perhaps she thought, like so many before her, that the language used was sophisticated beyond the years of the main characters. I believe that the writing found in TFIOS is not either of those things. It is instead, the voice of Hazel Grace Lancaster -- a sixteen-year-old girl diagnosed with cancer never described as anything but terminal. I found the way the words weaved together to be exceeding beautiful, and the fact that it wasn't as sophisticated as books aimed towards older adults make it that much more real. Hazel is a sixteen-year-old who knows that she has simultaneously lived longer than she should have, and will never live as long she should. She has grown up faster than most teens, with the ever-present thought of impending death and oblivion prodding at her mind. She speaks in a voice older than her years because of these circumstances, but nevertheless she is only a sixteen year old and cannot use her mental growth spurt to make up for the years of experience that she has not had. I do not only love this book for its writing, just as I do not only love this book for its story (which I wouldn't call predictable, but certainly wasn't without its predictability). I love this book for both reasons, and for every reason in between. I love it because it painted me pictures of every scene as surely as cartoon artists draw every frame. I love it because of the sarcasm, dry wit, and morbid humour. I love it because I could take a break from crying, only to read another line and have it hit me like a ton of bricks. I love it because it felt like I could understand the meaning behind everything Hazel did and said -- even if logically, I disagreed. I love this book because it is a book with characters that have cancer without being a book about cancer. I love it because it felt so real to me, in the way that good books always do. I love it because it quotes other works of literature, and because I felt that everything had a deeper meaning than the mere words I was able to read on the page. I love it because TFIOS hurt me in all the right ways, because I cried so hard I had a headache for hours afterwards, because I still ache when I think about Hazel and Gus, because while I was reading it I was so devastated part of me regretted ever picking it up, and because I can't wait to read it again. I would not say that John Green is Peter Van Houten, but if he were ever looking for his chance to be somebody's Van Houten... TFIOS is one place he could certainly find it.
Date published: 2014-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm Okay. ...Not really. I heard about this novel from many different people, the things I heard were incredible. As I looked into this book I slowly began to want to read it, but I also became afraid. I don't read realistic fiction. When I read, I read to go to different places that I'll never experience. With The Fault in Our Stars, people live and battle with cancer in their everyday lives. That could happen to me or one of my loved ones one day, that thought made me afraid to hear Hazel and Augustus's story. But I'm glad I read it anyway. The story began with Hazel not enjoying her life/time she had left, but that changed when she met Augustus Waters. I adored both characters, which made it sad in the end. When the story is about cancer patients you practically know how it's going to end. Even with that the strengths and optimism of the characters is heartwarming. Most of the time people living with cancer have let the thought of death ruin them, because as Augustus said depression is a side affect of dying. Augustus has shown Hazel and the readers that there is another side to life with cancer. Live with what time you have, don't waste it. This story had me on a roller coaster that went up until it couldn't go any higher. It had me smiling, giggling, and crying. But most importantly this novel was a work of perfection. John Green has made us seen the world in a completely different point of view, and we thank him for that. John Green has written many other works of art including Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines. Most of these have won many awards. He currently runs vlogbrothers with his brother Hank.
Date published: 2014-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad. Tragic. Devastating. But yet so beautiful! This book is 4.5/5 for me. I read it in two days surprisingly since I am a slow reader and there was something about this book that made me want to find out more! The ending was something I predicted but couldn't believe it came true, especially so early on! The Fault In Our Stars is a wonderful YA novel I would recommend for EVERYONE as it can give you, like it gave me, a good awakening to realize you have a better life than Hazel, Isaac and Augustus. Highly recommend but let's see if I'm brave enough to see the movie!
Date published: 2014-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Faults In Our Reviews The Faults In Our Stars is a book made by an author named John Green it’s a pretty funny and emotional book. The book is about a girl named Hazel who has cancer and she can’t breathe properly but she finds a liking to a guy name Augustus Water who has a fake left leg. Augustus also find a liking in Hazel too but he doesn't know that she like him. But at the end they both fall in love but they both die. They die falling in love with each other.I recommend this book to people who likes romance book like Romeo and Juliet or Pride and Prejudice. The emotional part starts in chapter 13 but I won’t tell you what happens because I don’t want to be a spoiler. I really like the book because it was passionate, inspiring and touching book that reaches out to you. The book is like a romance comedy. It’s funny when they tell the jokes and metaphor but it’s also sad because they both die at the end of the movie. In conclusion I give this book a 5 star rating because of the quality of the book and the feeling you get when you read the book. The book was written well but a few spelling and grammar mistake was spotted so a tip to the author is to proofread the book over again because some sentences didn't make sense.
Date published: 2014-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Fault In Our Stars This is a must read book. Excellent book to give on Mother,s Day or great summer read, or for anytime you want to read a good book. See a movie read a book or read a book and see a movie.
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved I loved this novel so much. I read it extremely quickly, I thought it was just such a sweet love story. Get ready to cry at the end though. I was sobbing. Definitely recommend!!!
Date published: 2014-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from John Green - my superior John Green is truly one of the most talented authors ever. HANDS DOWN. I cannot tell the world how much joy and sadness this book brought to me. Boy! it was a emotional roller coaster. I just i can't even. The feels in this novel were just too much [but it made it special]. Tfios is a book that i keep re reading and every time i re read it i get more emotional and happy at the same time. John's other novels have also touched my heart, but this one. Oh my goodness. It was absolutely beautiful.
Date published: 2014-04-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good book, not the best... This book was really good, a true trategy. I have to admit I did cry at the end! John green did a fantastic job although it didn't reach my fullest expectations. The only way to explain this is its like looking through a glass container. You can see the characters but you can't feel them. Everything just happens so fast, and you don't quite feel the love the way I expected. I'm probably just being too critical, this is just my opinion. It was a good just short read. I think the movie will be better though.
Date published: 2014-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Fault in Our Stars The Fault in Our Stars is a veritable cesspool of awesome.
Date published: 2014-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart Warming I read this book over the summer ad my oh my what a book. I absolutely adored the story line, the risks John Green takes in his writing and the character are so well developed. It has a beautiful love story going on, some hope, some comedy and a mix a tragedy BUT all together it makes a for a wonderful read. You won't want to put it down. 
Date published: 2014-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book !! Totally recommend it! so just yesterday i decided to read this book and it brought some laughter and it brought some tears and it gives a lot about how reality really is. Its the best book i have ever read so far and i still can't get over how amazing it was
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a tear jerker A very lovely, tragic story. Borrowed it from a friend's sister who "couldn't finish it because it was too sad". A very easy, quick read and super inspiring for young love. 
Date published: 2014-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever! This book is fantastic, the story will make you laugh and cry and think. It's amazing. A really good price for hardcover too.
Date published: 2014-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trust Me, You Will CRY I had been longing to buy this book for a while due to good reviews from friends and family, and when I did I was glad that I was. "The Fault in Our Stars" is a deeply moving story about the slightly dysfunctional love between two teen cancer patients. The love that Augustus and Grace share in this novel is a special one that WILL make you laugh, cry, and even feel the pain that these characters do.
Date published: 2014-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great storyline I really liked this book, some parts I couldn't really relate to but I really loved Grace and Augustus they are so cute. I liked how both of the charters deleoped in this book. A friend recommend this book to me and I'm so glad that person did, so now I'm going to recommend this book you (whomever is reading this) because for one it's a good read and two you won't regret reading this book. John greens books are lovely and well written.
Date published: 2014-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh, John Green. Aside from the fact that I had to keep googling words from this book to see what they meant, I found myself feeling irritated at not understanding what John Green was talking about at times. I get the idea you are probably well educated and well versed, but SHOOT! Haha! The one review did mention the word "pretentious" in regards to the style of language it is written in...and I have to agree with that. This story was a pleasure, and a heartbreaker to read. It hit me right in the feels. Keep tissues by your side, as pivotal moments in the book capture you. Well written, and flowed quite nice. I enjoyed it very much.  Thanks, John Green for making me cry and laugh and feel intellectually inadequate. (I joke, I joke.) 
Date published: 2014-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from genius amazing book. i would say it is for 14-16 year olds, because it does deal with relationships and the book might not mean as much if you read it when your 12 or 13. BUT if you do plan on reading this i have some advice: get a kleenex box, ice cream and some other food to eat away your sadness. I have never cried that hard over a book! Amazing though, John is a genius.
Date published: 2014-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great story I bought this a day ago because I've heard such great things about this book and people have recommended this book to me and I have to say one thing, I'm so happy I did. This is one of my favourite books. John green wrote such a touching story that changed my life. I highly recommend this book, your guaranteed to love it. It's a book filled with laughs, crying, and such a great message. I love this book, I can't say that enough.
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A worthy read While not a complete pleasure to read, because of the tragic subject matter, it is marvelous that the suffering and agony of cancer is the focus of this well written spotlight. Believable characters, courageous yet doomed, kind of like real life. I highly recommend this book, the very opposite of escapist literature.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD! I'm not a big reader but I was recommended this book and decided to read it. It is sooooo good and unlike anything I've ever read before! I really enjoyed it and highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2014-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OH MY GOD im sorry, i've read this book like 10 times, and i always cry. Honestly, it gets a little boring when they go so Van (author of AIA) but then it always comes back and i cry everytime
Date published: 2014-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Amazing! Brilliant! This book, whoa. I do not read often, and when I do, it can take me up to a month or two to finish a book. On my reading list at the time, I had two books, one from a series I am a HUGE fan of, and this one. I read two pages of this book and decided to start with it. However, I did not stop at two pages, 4 hours later, I looked at the clock, and it was midnight, but that didn't stop me. I read until I fell asleep, and I woke up with my face in the book. I finished the book the next day, and since then, I have re-read the book twice, now on my third. If my story doesn't tell you how good this book is, then I don't know what will!
Date published: 2013-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Fault in Our Stars I have bought this book 3 times and keep giving to people for gifts because it is such a wonderful book. One friend referred to it as the best book she has ever read in her whole life. She is right.
Date published: 2013-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Fault In Our Stars aims for the Soul To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Somber or uplifting, either can be applied to that quote from the Bible. Some feel it talks to the futility of trying to escape nihilism, while others reckon it embraces the inevitable rebirth the universe always enjoys. These same thoughts can be equally applied to the stellar novel The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. A story that grapples with these concepts, and the resulting emotional damage that continues long after you perceive the arguements settled. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; Our story starts with Hazel, a teenage girl living for years under the shadow of cancer. She almost passed away three years previously, but a miracle drug actually brought a miracle, and now she lives an existence of life with uncertainty. Because the drug might give out, now or next week or some untold future time, and couple that with lungs that do not like functioning properly making her oxygen tank a constant companion, Hazel is not an overly pleasant person to be around. Basically a homebody, her parents push for her to go to a cancer support group meeting, which she very reluctantly agrees to. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; And this is where she meets Augustus. And quotes her favourite book to him. And goes to see V for Vendetta at his house, all because according to him she looks like Natalia Portman. And so on and so on… A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; Augustus’s different attitude, his refreshing take on life and grief and loss, his potential career ending due to his leg being claimed by cancer, his video games, and most importantly, his taste in genre literature, makes him a subject of fascination for Hazel. A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; Slowly, irrevocably, they bond and clumsily begin dating. Strengthening the relationship is when Augustus finishes reading Hazel’s absolute favourite book ever, made by the greatest writer in existence who is now a recluse. This volume, a fictional book inside of a fictional book, is called An Imperial Affliction, and features a cancer storyline and mysterious conclusion, all of which captivates the two. A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; Their love, the cancer, the obsession over the book, and dealing with relatives and friends, becomes the driving force behind The Fault In Our Stars. Add in the continued discussion slash heated debate over the existence of God, an afterlife and fate, which becomes one of the underlying themes here whether spoken aloud or permeating the background, and you have a potent mixture where differences in attitude and philosophy could be the dividing line between the two, not the cancer or looming death. All of this with cancer being a very silent, but loud, supporting character. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; Partway through The Fault In Our Stars, the story takes an abrupt turn, followed by another abrupt turn, both of which I saw coming far in advance. My premonition of these events did not ruin my enjoyment in the slightest, but instead enhanced them since it showed John Green’s willingness to take the story into some dark places. Neither of these twists are illogical or random, but rather powerful moving forces for not only the characters themselves, but also transformative of their philosophies. Green caps all this emotional tumult with even more pleasure and pain, giving Hazel and Augustus a love story that will hit you with a sledgehammer of tears. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. By the time you reach the concluding chapters, you witness a very different Hazel from the beginning, who even through she is still dying by bits and pieces day after day, she has now learned how to live and breathe and survive. One particular conversation towards the end, which takes place in a car ferrying Hazel and her parents, is fiercely enlightening and is a thunder strike for the reader. The Fault In Our Stars takes you places in thought and feeling that makes the facing of what comes after and how you deal with it to a different level. We cannot imagine the grief Hazel, Augustus, and company live with, but we can slowly appreciate their views on the coming darkness that will envelop us all someday. Whether you believe in the ethics of nihilism or the outlook of rebirth, The Fault In Our Stars dwells on these questions and seeks to maybe provide some answers. And maybe some answers are exactly what Hazel needs.
Date published: 2013-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quite enjoyable This book was an easy read and was really well written. I liked the rawness of the characters and I found it to be quite humorous while discussing some really sensitive and dark topics.
Date published: 2013-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling, Exciting, Tragic, Perfect I read the first paragraph and i was literally GLUED to it! I read for hours, not able to put it down. Absolutely amazing and you can relate to the story in so many ways! I did, and learned a lot about life, love, and myself. I do warn you, the ending is tragic and heart-breaking but i still think it is worth reading! Go ahead, buy it! I promise you that you won't regret it!
Date published: 2013-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I laughed, I cried, I thought We are reading this book for our parent-child book club, and I can forecast that it will appeal to all age groups, male and female alike. As one reviewer said, the characters were too erudite to be realistic, but that is what made them memorable, funny, and endearing. Many people have the ability to speak like that some of the time; Green simply edited out all the not-so-clever speaking bits in between. As for the advanced vocabulary he used, I think it was admirable that he didn't talk down to his young adult audience, and that he dealt with a harsh reality in an open and honest way. This surprisingly adult treatment of life, love, death, and what's the point of it all, makes this book stand out from all the other books I've read.
Date published: 2013-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible!! John Green. You are simply amazing. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! How many books have you read by a male author who 1) Can write this well from a teenage GIRLS point of view. 2) Can write this well from a cancer patients point of view while 3) never having experienced going through either of these himself?!?! While reading this book I laughed, cried and laughed and cried some more. This is an amazing book written by an amazing man.
Date published: 2013-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good Book i really liked the overall story. It was amazing how well John Green was able to put himself in the shoes of a teenager. The vocabulary was very advanced and i didn't know the meaning of all the words so i found that i had to piece together some of the story. Other then that i found that the book had an amazing and powerful message.
Date published: 2013-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THE BOOK! This is one of the best sad, funny, heartbreaking and real life book I've read. It will bring you to tears, want you to throw the book away and laugh you that your parents will think you are bipolar or crazy. But the truth is that is what you feel about this book. You feel bad and think about what its like to be Hazel and have cancer for 3 years and have to have a IV with you for your rest of your life because she has lung cancer. You feel bad for the people out there who suffer from cancer and think about how strong those people like Hazel are.This book shows teens that we are lucky for how healthy we are and we should treat the people that have problems with their body or mind, with respect and help them when needed cause they have to suffer with their pain and they don't need people to laugh at them or give them a weird look just because they are different from everyone else in the world. I reconmmend this to everyone so they can see the eyes of someone with cancer.
Date published: 2013-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! (not just for young readers) I picked this up not knowing it was for young adults as I'm a full-fledged adult. :) I loved this book! It's funny and real and heartbreaking. You will love the main characters as you journey with them through this story. Would recommend it for adults and teens. Cancer is the tie that binds these characters together, so it can be a bit heavy for really young or sensitive readers. Fabulous storytelling!
Date published: 2013-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing, fantastic, heart warming, absolute perfection all i have to say is, read. this. book. trust me.
Date published: 2013-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I lit up like a Christmas Tree ;) Great book, especially for those that understand what it means to be a "professionally sick person." John Green has a talent at understand the depth and toll disease can take on a person's life. The book is readable and generally geared towards an adolescent audience. Though, it's still a good book for anyone inclined to know more! The concept of being a grenade was wonderfully constructed. Read this book!!
Date published: 2013-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I've ever read This book was absolutely amazing. It just blows my mind how well John Green wrote this novel. I couldn't stop telling people how much I loved the book. I am not at all an emotional person and never have I cried watching a movie or reading a book. This novel, however, was the closest I've ever come to shedding a tear. Well done! I loved Hazel and Augustus. Oh how I wish there was a guy like Augustus in my life! Hazel was humorously matter-of-fact and sophisticated. While reading, I learned that Gus desired to live a significant life or die a significant death. What I loved about the book was that it required lots of thinking and it was very deep. There was lots of advanced vocabulary (I needed to look up many of the words!), symbolism, and deep ideas/thoughts about simple concepts. There was lots of dry humour which is something I absolutely adore in books. I just loved the words that were used-- picked so perfectly and precisely. VERY well written. The only thing that was unrealistic about the book was the speech. People don't speak like that in real life. The novel characters always/often knew what to say and they spoke a bit too clever. Overall, it really was a breath-taking book. I rarely reread books, but this is a story I would love to experience again!
Date published: 2013-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking Cancer is real. It's something that haunts millions of people around this world, and having read a novel that retells a reality that so many have to go through each and every day, really opened my eyes to the miserable existence of such a horrific circumstance. You hear stories of people who have had to deal with disease and you think, "Why?" It's so unjustified, and yet, it is something that will never cease to exist. Cancer will, as long as we are living, take people's lives. It's unfair and cruel, but it's true. There are stories that you feel immediately connected to in some way, and this was definitely one of those books that I couldn't put down. Hazel and Augustus are not your typical teenage lovers, they have to battle something that most teenagers don't even think about throughout their daily lives. The most amazing thing about this story is that, while cancer is painful and can reach a point of no return, Hazel and Augustus took the time they had together, although short, and made it into something real and important. While people die everyday of cancer, there will always be at least one other individual who will cherish that person and protect their significance, no matter how small. In my eighteen years of existence, I have known people who have had to battle cancer, some more closely than others. When I was a little girl, my grandfather died of cancer, and while, I was young and didn't understand much of the world around me, deep down I knew that I would never see my grandfather again. As I grew older, I began to accept that cancer happens to people. It comes and it steals their lives, as it did to my grandfather, and even though I will never see my grandfather in my physical reality, I will see him one day in heaven. I miss him, but I know that he's smiling down on me each and every day. Cancer happens. Death happens. Most of us will know someone in our lifetimes that will experience this curse, and who knows, maybe it'll be us personally. But the most important thing to remember is to be true to ourselves. Be alive while you can still live. Find peace, and others will eventually do the same.
Date published: 2013-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing I love this book, I am partial to it due to my own medical history but it is written so well, the characterization is perfect. My mom loved it! I loved it! its more than just a teen novel.
Date published: 2013-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from phenominal I picked up this book having no idea what the story was about, only going off everyone saying that "this is a fantastic book!" I am now gladly one of those people who worship in the presence of this book and have read it over and over. The story is amazing, filled with love, heart break, sadness, laughter and it just felt so real! I didn't feel like the characters were trying to hard or that it was so cheesy it was unrealistic. Everything that happened felt so real and natural that it was like I was living Hazel's life. I was always a fan of John Green before this book but after reading it and become a die-hard nerdfighter this is, without a doubt, my favourite book written by my favourite author. I don't think I'll ever find another fiction love story that will make me feel the way this books has made me. Well done John Green, well done.
Date published: 2013-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful & Heart Wrenching I laughed. I cried. I laughed. I cried again. Beautifully written story about love and cancer struggles. The Faults in Our Stars was such a heart wrenching story, it followed Hazel and her journey with cancer. While at a cancer support group Hazel meets Augustus and his best friend, which starts a beautiful friendship among the three of them. Hazel doesn't want to get involved, she just wants to read. Hazel figures she's dying and doesn't want to burden anybody with her leaving very soon. Before her lungs fill with water again and she feels like she's drowning in her own body. Her friendship with Gus changes how she feels about leaving without loving anyone other than her family but she still struggles with leaving her family and now new friends heartbroken when her time is up.
Date published: 2013-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I really enjoyed this book. It didn’t seem like a normal depressing cancer book after I read it, but more a book about people that have cancer. One minute it’s happy the other minute it’s sad. This book shows me the reality of cancer and the effect it has on people, especially teenagers. I would recommend this book!
Date published: 2013-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love this Book! I love this book! I will be rereading it multiple times, this book surprised me, made me laugh, cry, feel anger and love! It is a smart book and everyone should read it at least once!
Date published: 2013-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can I just cry now? Despite The Fault In Our Stars being a YA novel, I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful — yet tragic — piece. From the first chapter, Hazel became a memorable character. She didn’t speak or think like the usual female heroines you see in most young adult novels, which was refreshing for me. She was determined in her seclusion, her situation and her future, and she didn’t care tuppence about what others thought of her — that is, until Augustus entered her life. He was her funny bone. He breathed fresh air into her atmosphere and renewed her outlook on life. They both gave each other just another reason to live. But, of course, once you began to fall in love with the characters, you knew something bad was lurking around the corner. I won’t say what, however, because I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t read it yet. The characters were enticing, and each relationship between the characters only strengthened the story. I must say, though, I was not a fan of Peter Van Houten. I found him annoying and every scene he was in only dragged the story down just a bit. I’m not entirely sure what John Green’s reason was to include him, except perhaps to show Hazel and Augustus (and us too) that not everyone could live up to their expectations; disappointment will sometimes occur in life and they must rise with each challenge they meet. Still, he could have made Van Houten a little more bearable for the readers. On the whole, though, The Fault In Our Stars was a fantastic introduction to John Green’s work, and I can’t wait to read more of his stories! To view more of my book reviews, visit:
Date published: 2013-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put it Down! I bought this book as a recommendation from a friend who has similar literature interests as I do. I AM SO GLAD I READ IT. Wow. Seriously I couldn't put it down, which caused me to read it within 24 hours. The characters in this novel are teenagers, and yet are so relateable to readers of all ages; and the topic of cancer is so relevant today which makes it increasingly applicable. If you want a good (and easy) read, pick up a copy of this novel - you WILL NOT regret it. Guaranteed.
Date published: 2013-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No fault in these stars I really enjoyed this book. It had wonderful pithy dialogue reminiscent of all movies starring Michael Serra. The novel is written for a young adult audience, but it is really relatable at any age, and highly recommended. The story is tragic, but there is no pity written into these characters. Hazel Grace and Augustus are beautifully written, joyous human beings suffering under cruel circumstances, and rising above them with a rarely seen sentiment, love and compassion.
Date published: 2013-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There are few books as Fantabulous as this one! Hazel Grace is an enlightened 16 year old girl, and the narrator of her seemingly inglorious story of her battle with pain and social apathy. "Sickness really does eat up one's passion for life." "That's the thing about pain, it demands to be felt." However, 17 year old Augustus is quickly introduced to the plot and suddenly Hazel has an equal to challenge her mind. It was not long before I had to pry the book out of my hands, find a note book, and start writing out quotes that I'm sure I will be using for years to come. Suffice it to say, "I fell in love with this book the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once." To read more of my review on this book see my blog:
Date published: 2013-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enriched The most memorable novels are those that put life into perspective and indirectly teach without preaching. This novel did exactly that. Through the witty, light hearted characters and thought provoking dialogue, John Green created a love story so refreshing and so deep, it will remain as unforgotten as an old tale. It was an emotional rollercoaster that completely absorbed me; all while reminding me the essence of life and love.
Date published: 2013-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The fault of hype There is a danger of listening to and reading the rave reviews of other people about a book. "The Fault In Our Stars" fell victim to such danger. John Green gives a voice to his leading lady, and adeptly captures the emotions and thoughts of Hazel, and her star-crossed connection with Augustus. The brilliant parts of the novel I absolutely adored were the tender moments between our two leads, and the camaraderie amongst them and their good friend Isaac, who, actually, is my favourite character. Hazel, whom I don’t quite mind, is even-headed, and possesses quite the maturity and awareness of how she is in relation to the people around her. She is constantly pushing for her parents to lead a life of their own, in full-knowing of what would become of her. At one point, she corrects her mother of her situation: when, not if. This, in a way, stands true for us all. On the other hand, Augustus can be quite a dislikeable male lead. As charming and good-looking as he is, he is at times self-indulgent, even if he tries to downplay his attractiveness. The things he say come across as pretentious and illicit some minor eye-rolls. Green had made Augustus too much of a smart alec for his own good. By doing this, though, Green has provided readers, at least those who has a lesser opinion of Augustus, a good balance to the many sides of being a teenager, especially one fighting cancer. Both Hazel and Augustus, and Isaac too, are not only 'woe-is-me' teens that the readers have to take pity on because of their affliction, but they can be dislikable, they can be cheeky and make use of their "cancer perks" to their advantage. And when they do mope and lament, they are coming from a justifiable place, and are understandably sympathetic. There are some events that happen along the way that take readers out of a box that one might come to naturally restrict their minds to due to cancer being a huge part of the plot. It came as a nice surprise because it expanded the borders and changed the way I thought the story would progress. In fact, many a times, I would think I had the plot and the ending figured out, only to have Green prove to me that what I assumed were blatant plot devices, were in fact not as predictable and clichéd. "The Fault In Our Stars" is definitely a read I would recommend because of its realism in a time when YA is overwhelmed by dystopian and fantasy teen novels. It's a given, tears are to be expected. Perhaps it might touch you more and you might quickly identify with it, but it was overhyped it my books.
Date published: 2013-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amanzing! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have never read a book as quickly as I did with this one because I just simply couldn't put it down. It is amazingly beautiful and moving and would recommend this to anyone!
Date published: 2013-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Combination of 26 Letters Ever This book is absolutely breath taking. It left me completely speechless. I cried numerous times, out of sadness and joy. This book is so moving and so beautiful words cannot even describe how wonderful it is. I truly believe that everyone should read this book because it gives one such a new perspective of life, living, and death. It is a truly remarkable book. It contains the most beautifully simple, yet complex relationship between a boy and a girl and their battles against illness. This book is AMAZING. John Green is an absolute genius. A true wizard with words. The best combination of 26 letters I have ever read in my whole life. Beautiful.
Date published: 2013-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection The Good Stuff Damn you Green, you kept me up till 1:30 am and my eyes were still bloodshot in the morning from crying Realistic teens and I know its very hard to believe for a YA book but the parents are not a**holes -- I know so very rare Brilliant dark humour thrown in exactly where it is needed If you don't love these characters there is something seriously wrong with you Tough read as a Mom - cannot even imagine watching my child die Hazel is tough and funny and caring and well quite frankly someone to admire Hopeful - I know that sounds weird, but there is just something hopeful and reaffirming about the whole story Never saccharine or unrealistic Hate writing reviews for books I loved because I feel like I cannot express the right words to convey their brilliance Will be buying the rest of Green's books with my next paycheck Even the secondary characters are well developed Could not put it down - even-though I knew someone might not make it and it deals with kids suffering and have hard time reading that sort of story Everything just flows perfectly The Not So Good Stuff Did I mention how red my eyes were when I woke up the next day Favorite Quotes/Passages " I hated hurting him. Most of the time I could forget about it, but the inexorable truth is this. They might be glad to have me around, but I was the alpha and omega of my parent's suffering." "That's why I like you. Do you realize how rare it is to come across a hot girl who creates an adjectival version of the word pedophile? You are so busy being you that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are?" "Our city has a rich history, even though many tourists are only wanting to see the Red Light District" He paused. "Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin." Who Should/Shouldn't Read This one is pretty much for everyone. There is a sex scene but it is tasteful - just an FYI in terms of audience Tough read for parents especially those whose children have had/have cancer 5 Dewey's I received a copy of this at the Children's Breakfast at BEA 2012
Date published: 2012-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming, Beautiful, Real and Raw This is such a great book, definitly one of my all-time favourites. Their love story was not the typical love story. Its much deeper. This book scares me because it shows the reality of cancer and love. But it is so touching and deep, and is a story about REAL people with a REAL life and REAL problems. I cried, and i laughed. But, overall, I completly enjoyed every word of every sentance on every page. Its so FREAKING amazing!!
Date published: 2012-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Read I received this book as a gift and as it is categorized as young fiction, I was not sure what to expect. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the author's style of writing and I fell in love with the characters. I was also surprised at how much the book had me laughing. It was witty, funny and very thought-provoking.
Date published: 2012-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speechless **I have to admit to you, my thoughts are not quite so organized right now. What is happening to me right now is that I loved this book so much, I just do not know where to begin. I've said this so many times throughout reading this book, and I will say it again: John Green never disappoints. He is a genius who writes the best books ever and I will most likely frame his books in my room in a special glass case. That sounds creepy, but it's the truth. The thing about John Green's writing is that it's honest and truthful; he doesn't try to sugar coat anything and I think that it's important coming across contemporary books. Not everything in life will go the way you want it to; To quote the book, "The world is not a wish-granting factory". The Fault in Our Stars was amazing in so many ways and it's so hard for me to form it into words without just spewing out all these feelings I'm having as I'm typing this review. Hazel has a tumour that is currently at bay, but she's a terminal cancer patient. Augustus had osteosarcoma and is currently in remission. I think a major point in this book was of the legacy we leave behind when we die; will anyone remember us? Unbeknownst to them, they began leaving those marks on each other. It was great to just watch them grow on each other that it hurt so much to know that it wouldn't last. No guys, there isn't a miracle in this book besides the time where Hazel pulls through but has to drag around an oxygen tank. No miracles, no rainbows and unicorns, so don't expect one. It's called life, so deal with it. You can't control what happens, but you can make the best of it. The Fault in Our Stars certainly took a turn I hadn't expected so that when I read it, I almost bawled but I was in the mall at the moment. I cannot quote it without spoiling the book, but my heart just caved in as I read that one phrase over and over again. John Green just has a way of choosing exactly the right words to say that hit the right chords. If you don't know already, I have a major problem with "insta-love" that continues on without anything other than the guy being "nice" and "caring" and most importantly, sexy. But in this book, I think they fell in love with each other not only because they were both cancer patients and could, in a way, related to each other, but also because both of them actually felt comfortable around each other, trusted each other, and (as cheesy as this sounds) became the other's best friend. Even after being tortured by the depressing story that filled me with a sadness that I always like in books (that makes me sound weird, but I love books that make me cry), I started looking at the FAQ for this book on his website to furthermore torture myself. It was at that moment that I realized how many foreshadows I freaking missed! I was definitely on the lookout for them, and that was what I loved about this book as well! The Fault in Our Stars was full of symbolism and metaphors that I loved finding, so I was definitely annoyed at myself for missing some of them even though they weren't quite so obvious. If I read the whole book in my room all by my lonesome, I would have cried even more. But considering that I read some of it in a public place, I had to keep my emotions to myself. Sometimes I almost choked because it was funny but sad at the same time. If you loved John Green's other books, you should undoubtedly read this one as well. I know why I love his books: they are authentic, gritty, and bring out so many emotions that most books usually can`t.
Date published: 2012-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Memorable and Heartfelt Read A cancer support group might seem like an unlikely place to meet your true love, but for Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters the stars align and these two sweetly cynical souls find each other under what seems to be a dire moment in their lives. Through the heartwarming characters, John Green presents the bitter truth of life exactly as how it is lived. It is a story of finding love in the nooks and shadows of places long neglected, of discovering that happiness really does exist, and knowing that life is made up of a million moments worth noticing. This is a must read for fans of books like “Thirteen Reasons Why” or John Greens “Looking for Alaska”.
Date published: 2012-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story Of Strength & Courage Wow ! This book is awesome. John Green is a great writer, this is definitely not the last book I will read by him. Such a powerful story about teenagers living with a terminal cancer, it is intense and heartbreaking. The emotions felt throughout the book made me feel angry sometimes, why is this happening to them, they don't deserve it. And that's when you realize that it does happen every day, we just don't hear about it. A must read, story of strength, courage, love, friendship, family ! This book will make you feel all kinds of emotions. I really liked this book and recommend it.
Date published: 2012-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much LOVE for this book "Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same books over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death." Meet Hazel. She’s got cancer. It started as thyroid cancer, but now it’s in her lungs. There is no cure, but there is this miracle drug, Phalanxifor (Green points out in his acknowledgements that it’s a made up drug.), and although Hazel’s lungs are practically useless and she has to be hooked up to her oxygen tank all the time, she does okay. Except for, you know, the depression. Or whatever. Her parents insist that she go to the cancer survivor’s support group meeting – which she had grown to “to be rather kicking-and-screaming about” – and it is there that she meets Augustus Waters. He’s in remission after losing his leg below the knee from “a little touch of osteosarcoma.” Her immediate reaction: he’s hot. From this point on, I flew through the pages of John Green’s YA novel The Fault in Our Stars, alternately laughing and crying. Telling you much more about the plot won’t actually do the book any justice. Besides, it isn’t so much about what as it is about to whom. The Fault in Our Stars is driven by the magic that is Hazel and Augustus. Their relationship begins over an exchange of books (be still my heart). Hazel lends Augustus her favourite novel, An Imperial Affliction, the story of Anna, a girl with a rare cancer of the blood. But, Hazel says:… " ... it’s not a cancer book, because cancer books suck. Like, in cancer books, the cancer person starts a charity that raises money to fight cancer, right? And this commitment to charity reminds the cancer person of the essential goodness of humanity and makes him/her feel loved and encouraged because s/he will leave a cancer-curing legacy. But in AIA, Anna decides that being a person with cancer who starts a cancer charity is a bit narcissistic, so she starts a charity called The Anna Foundation for People with Cancer Who Want to Cure Cholera." Hazel has some unanswered questions about An Imperial Affliction. She has tried for months to get in touch with the book’s author, Peter Van Houten. When Augustus actually makes contact with Van Houten, it sends the pair on the trip of a lifetime. But much of that is plot and while the story might be predictable in many ways, there is nothing ordinary about this novel. Nothing. Hazel has been sick for a long time; she has already come to terms with her mortality. What she doesn’t know how to do is live. Augustus is the perfect antidote to her doldrums, beautiful and funny. And make no mistake – this book is funny. These kids know how to laugh at themselves. When Isaac, another member of the support group, loses his remaining eye to cancer he says: ” …people keep saying my other senses will improve to compensate, but CLEARLY NOT YET. Hi, Support Group Hazel. Come over here so I can examine your face with my hands and see deeper into your soul than a sighted person ever could.” As if navigating the thorny path to adulthood weren’t difficult enough, the teenagers in this book must also contend with bodies that have forsaken them. It is also heartbreaking to watch Hazel’s parents try to protect their daughter, even when they know they can’t. As a mom myself, I can only imagine how horrific it must be to care for a terminally ill child. Augustus sums it up best: “…the thing about pain…it demands to be felt.” Absolutely my favourite book this year
Date published: 2012-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Story Not To Be Missed A dear friend of mine recommended that I read some of John Green's books, specifically this title. I'm glad he suggested it, because it substantially changed what I choose to read. In one word, I would simply describe this book as beautiful. I can tell you this much -- this isn't your everyday teen romance novel. It has a certain irrelevance to it that makes it captivating. John Green has taken the idea of "forbidden love" to a whole new level: one that deals with a monster most of us can somehow relate to; cancer. One might think that a topic such as this may not suggest a very romantic plot line, but you'll be surprised. It's filled with love and with heartbreak; something nearly every teenager is faced with sometime throughout their years as young adults. I can personally say that this book has changed my life for the better. Even if you swear on your life that you're not a "cryer", get your tissues ready for this one!
Date published: 2012-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Green's Best Work So Far A wile ago I decided that the best stories will make you laugh, cry and want to rip the book in half. At the time only Harry Potter met the bill for this until I read John Green's TFIOS. I haven't laughed so hard since the twins made jokes. I haven't cried so hard since Dumbledore died, and I definetly haven't wanted to rip a book in half since Umbrige was such a female dog. I have read all of Green's books except for Looking For Alaska (I'm waiting for it to be returned to the library) and this is definetly the best so far.
Date published: 2012-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely brilliant I read this book a few months ago but it has stuck in my head ever since. It is a great book of love, fear, illness and humour - John Green is a genius! This is a must-read for everyone of all ages.
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read This book is one of the greatest i have read so far, i loved the way John (the author) thought us in this book life is unpredictable and that we should live every second of our life like if it was the last one. This book is a must read and i dare you to read it without crying, its beautiful.
Date published: 2012-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful story that I'll read again and again This is my first John Green book that I’ve read, and to be honest I’d never even heard of John Green before my archaeology professor suggested watching his Crash Course: World History videos (by the way I’ve learned more watching his 12 minutes videos than a whole semester in class). In his videos, he was hilarious, engaging and informative, so I figured I’d give him a try. The verdict: John Green is amazing!!! Now, I don’t usually read that much contemporary - I like to relish in a fictional world because reality is a harsh mistress. So I was a bit surprised to find myself thoroughly engrossed with young lives and how cancer can put a deadline on your life and making you want to live it all that more fiercely. The cover is so unassuming and you’d never guess what the story was behind such a simple cover - so it’s definitely a “don’t judge a book by its cover” kind of book. But I love the bright colors and the more personal hand written like font on the cover. Green was fairly successful in creating a female character that was believable (she laments at her looks), but also a character that is distinct in who she is due to her experiences. When we first meet Hazel, we’re given a run down of her cancer history, and how a miracle drug has extended her life for the moment. Given all that she’s been through, it’s difficult to lead a stereotypical 16 year old life - if anything she’s accelerated her life to maximize the time she has left by finishing highschool early, and even attending college. As a result she’s a very mature young woman, with an extensive vocabulary that might end up throwing off some readers - but I found it extremely refreshing to have such a developed voice narrating. Now that’s not to say she doesn’t show some younger more teenage qualities, she still gushes with friends, watches frivolous tv shows and longs for love. But it all balances out to make her an amazing character with depth, witty sarcasm and the ability to take all things in stride. Augustus Waters is a cancer survivor, and joins the group in support for Hazel and his’ mutual friend Isaac. He’s healthy and shows no signs of former sickness, and like Hazel I was unsure as to his motives at first. But when he opens his mouth he proves that he’s insanely intelligent and full of philosophical meanderings that can definitely keep up with Hazel. The dialogue, banter and conversations between Augustus and Hazel are at times the funniest and most beautiful moments in the book. Although Hazel is hesitant at first, for good reason, they eventually come to a mutual understanding and as their relationship evolves they end up forever bound together by the shared love for a certain book written by a surly author. So begins an epic quest to answer their questions about the book, that takes them down a road that will completely change both of their lives. The cast of secondary characters were perfect in their supplement to the story. I especially loved Isaac, and how his friendship with both Hazel and Augustus ended up playing such a monumental role. Hazel’s parents were also incredible characters to watch because they have had to deal with all the near misses she’s gone through and how they live in the now, and what the possibilities are in the future. The story doesn’t just focus on Hazel, but also all the people that she’s affected in her life by being this amazing person. Green’s writing style perfectly blends the seriousness of the situation with some meaning of life pondering, and banter to balance the morbidity, along with really sweet romance and friendship. Now, a fair warning - before you start this book get a box of Kleenex, you’ll likely need it. That’s not to say that this book is strictly sad (I mean it is a cancer subjected book, and Hazel is terminally ill), but I cried because I laughed so hard, and then I cried because moments between Hazel and Augustus were just so exquisitely beautiful that I had no words. So I probably looked insane reading this book because one moment I was laughing hysterically, and then the next I was streaming tears, but in the end it was all worth it because where this book took me as I followed their journey, and the relationship between Augustus and Hazel is awe inspiring and gives the brightest glimmer of hope just when you think there is none. This definitely isn’t a book to be restricted to just young adults. I bought copies for lots of people I knew because it just needed to be shared, and I didn’t want to part with my own personal copy and they ended up giving their copies to relatives to read because it has such a profound effect on them after they read it. That’s how I feel about this book - that it’s so awesome I had to share it with everyone! So everyone go read it if you haven’t already!
Date published: 2012-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Favourite Book!! This book was absolutely breathtaking! It is EXACTLY what every author said in the back cover. I loved every single moment of the book. Every single Chapters/Coles I visit, this book is always a pick by at least one of the staff's, and I completely understand why. What also makes this book so good is that John Green also writes commentary on English literature throughout the novel. It's stunning. Especially when you understand the allusions. This is the only book I have ever read that has done this, and the commentary is one of the things that really made this book stay in my head long after the last page. John Green wrote this brilliantly. I have never read a book like this, and I have read a lot of books in the YA age group and around this genre. This book is not a cancer book, nor is it a love story. Both factors play a major influence into the book, but really, The Fault In Our Stars is about two teenagers, who know they will die very soon, trying to find their place in life and if they can leave a mark on the world. This book has made me smile and awe, then it has made me laugh, and then it has made me cry. It is BEAUTIFUL, and I loved everything about it. I am going to reread this again and again!
Date published: 2012-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A rollercoaster that only goes up! This book was a great combination of funny and sad. This is the first book by John Green that I've read,but I don't think it will be my last! Very well written.
Date published: 2012-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous. This was my first book I've ever read by John Green and my best friend read another book by him {Paper Towns} and she said it was really bad. So when I first picked this book up at the library, I really didn't know what to expect. But what the heck, I decided to read it anyways, and try reading a book in a different kind of genre that I usually read. I finished this book in 3 days. That says a lot for a person like me, because I'm a very fast reader in general, but it usually takes me a bit longer to read a book like that. This book was suprisingly amazing. I became addicted to it after the first few pages, and couldn't put it down! I really have no words for how much I enjoyed this book, but I do have one this to say. It really (I know this is cheesy but,) changed my life. I mean my entire perspective on illness. I love learning about health in general, so it was great to read a book based on it. With an adorable hint of romance, and loveable characters, it was a masterpiece. Spectacular job John! {P.S I loved the metaphors ;)
Date published: 2012-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Practically Genius Originally posted to: Like a lot of people I was waiting for The Fault in Our Stars with baited breath. So when I finally got my hands on my copy I dropped my life (school and everything) and read the book in under four hours. And it was beautiful. There were certain points in the novel that were hard to read, but I pushed forth because I was in love with the characters. Even though everything looked grim and I thought there was no way Hazel Grace was going to get her happy ending, I pushed through because I loved her. I loved her and I loved Augustus Waters and I didn't want to leave them behind. I needed to see the story through. The novel follows Hazel Grace, a sixteen year old girl who also happens to be a cancer patient. Her parents force her to go to support group where she meets Augustus Waters. The rest of the book follows their story together and how they support each other and just how deeply Augustus affects Hazel's life. Saying anymore would be to spoil the book, which I don't want to do (I mean look at my summary of the book, it leaves so much out), because I want you to read it. This book is not a Twilight book, yes, there is a romantic element, and yes Augustus does change Hazel's life, but the love story in this novel is just right. Hazel is not cured because he loves her, Hazel grows from her experiences and meeting Augustus just happens to be one of them. John's writing style is hard to describe. Read, when she finished the book described it as "the writing of that kid in school who managed to absorb everything that they ever taught you." This is pretty true. John references philosophy, literature, religion and many others. You would think that this would sound pretentious, but it does not. John Green's voice (and that of Hazel's) has this extremely human quality to it. John Green manages to write a story about cancer, where cancer is not the central character, central plot point and it does not invoke emotions because it's expected to. This book feels real, like it could have happened or one day might. Thank you John, thank you for writing this. Also Check out:
Date published: 2012-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing!! I've read pretty well all of John Green's books only missing Will Grayson, Will Grayson. This book made me laugh out loud, smile, cry, and look at my life and the people I love differently. I never knew a completely fictional story could tug at the heart strings like The Fault In Our Stars!
Date published: 2012-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Brilliant. This is not a cancer book even though the pages are dominated with cancer. The main characters just happen to have cancer, “a side effect of dying," as Hazel would say. Hazel and Augustus do not let the cancer define them. Sure, it adds ammo to their never-ending witty banter, but this book is void of self-pity and “woe is me” fluff. Instead, we are reminded of true love, a love so strong that it doesn’t matter if someone is sick, or has to be on oxygen 24/7, or accidentally pees the bed one time. It’s about making the most of the time you do have. It doesn’t matter that you might only get another year to be in love with this person, all that matters is that you got to love another person and be loved in return. Life is short and every minute should count.
Date published: 2012-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Was depressingly behind on syllabus reading; read this instead. COULDN'T STOP. I ordered this book a few weeks ago with the intention of saving it until after I'd finished my assigned reading for school. I'd never read any of John Green's work and was interested to see if the hype was justified. When it arrived, I figured I'd read a page or two to see what it was like... and ploughed through half the book before I came to my senses. Bloody hell, this man can write. Hazel's voice is so honest and raw, it feels as though she's sitting right next to you as you're reading. It's amazing how nearly every page is dominated by cancer and yet it doesn't read like a "cancer book" at all (in fact, Hazel pokes fun at the "cancer kid" genre on multiple occasions in ways that shouldn't be funny but are, admittedly, hilarious). My main qualm with the book would be in the dialogue--which, although endlessly entertaining, is a little unrealistic. The characters speak how we mere mortals WISH we spoke in everyday life, in the intelligent kind of language that we tend to use online (in blogs, sarcastic messages to our friends, etc.) but never in real situations. People don't often come up with lines like "You will not harm my girlfriend today, Foreign Terrorist of Ambiguous Nationality!" in the spur of the moment. That said, the exchanges between Hazel, Augustus, and even Isaac were part of what made the book so engaging. It's a delightfully easy and enthralling read, though the action tapers off a little too gradually in the second half and this makes the emotional parts a little too soft, a little too easy. I feel like it was the kind of book that could have made me cry but didn't, because I was too prepared for everything that happened. However (without giving anything away) I do think that the ending was dealt with in a way that remained true to the story and, from what I can imagine, true to real life. IN SHORT: This is one of the most engaging books I've read in the while, and the most thought-provoking. I can see that the tiny issues I have with elements of the story make it better as a whole. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys atypical relationship stories or not-entirely-serious contemplations of life and death. I will definitely be reading more of John Green's work in the future if this is anything to go by.
Date published: 2012-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tackling a tough subject with philosophical wit To be honest, I hadn't heard of John Green or this book until a few weeks ago when Twitter was all a-twitter about this new book of his. My curiosity got the better of me, and I went out and picked it up. And am I ever glad I did. It's a fantastically profound read, mixing in humour with the conventionally-morbid subject matter. It is philosophical and thought-provoking, causing the reader to reflect on their own views on "making a difference" in the world. I am often uneasy with the topic of death, and the writing in TFiOS felt so real to me that it made me quite uncomfortable thinking about it and how I'd feel if I were in that situation. I loved the depiction of the support group members' dynamics. One moment in particular stood out to me, where Green writes about how these children are beating cancer yet it becomes like a competition, trying to beat each other with their stories as well. You see that kind of one-upsmanship in all facets of life with all different types of people, which doesn't exclude those who are terminally ill. And although the main focus is the developing friendship of Hazel and Augustus, I found myself really loving the dynamic between Augustus and Isaac. The bromance they had throughout the book is such a simple & supportive one, free of any complications that their illnesses may cause to their physical bodies. Although it didn't necessarily "change my world" and I didn't shed any tears (I don't often cry with books or movies), I can see where moments in TFiOS can really pull at your heartstrings. It is a witty, poignantly-written book that tackles some tough issues with grace, charisma and some joie de vivre. This and other reviews can be found at
Date published: 2012-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Beautifully written, wonderfully thought-out. Hilarious and touching. Everyone has their own book that they love so much they could read it a hundred times over, and The Fault In Our Stars is definitely mine.
Date published: 2012-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING. I've loved John Green's books for several years now, and as part of John and his brother Hank's online community of Nerdfighters, I have been looking forward to this book for a nearly a year! All I can say is that it did not disappoint. It has all of the "John Green" humor readers have come to expect, with a sadness and beauty that makes you fall in love with the book like you fall asleep, "slowly at first, then all at once". I laughed and cried, and I would recommend this book to everyone. I hope this book finds homes on bookshelves all around the world! Every one of John's books has been better than the last; you may even say his career is on a rollercoaster that only goes up. DFTBA!
Date published: 2012-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching I usually dislike reading teen books, I never find them interesting or entertaining...usually just poorly written. However, I have just finished "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green and I now have a renewed faith in teen literature. I have never once cried while reading a book, this is no longer the case. I had to stop several times to wipe away the tears(both of sadness and enjoyment).
Date published: 2012-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from John Green out did him self this time. Heart warming and truly moving story about life and death. This book will make you laugh and cry all on the same page. The charters are amazing and will draw you in. 10/10 DFTBA
Date published: 2012-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic in the making. This book was amazing, it was well written and had the perfect balance of character development and plot to make it great. It had me laughing and loving amd crying and smiling all through out the book. John green is a purely amazing author. I feel in love with Agustus Waters the second he appeared on the pages and didn't stop loving him till the end of the book. Hazel Grace was a witty and snarky teenaged girl, which you do not find enough of in novels anymore. Most girls in books are portrayed as this perfect hallow shell of a person, but Hazel was so realistic she had her talents and she had her faults but that only made you love her more. I felt as though I could relate to her, even though I've never had and god hoping never will cancer but the thing is she is not just a cancer patient she is still a teenager. That was the part I could relate to, throu out the whole book she still remained a teenaged girl, never once did she become that stereotypical cancer story charchter. John Green created so many things in this book that I now want including the band the hectic glow, which I found myself going to find a band that fit in my mind what they would sound like. I actually think it was good that he never used a real band because then you as the reader can find the sound they would have based on the way you perceived the characters. Had he flat out told you that Augustus favorite band had been The All American Rejects or The Beatles, you would of thought differently of him. But by letting you create the sound of the hectic glow you had a little bit of control over the characters you've become attached to, it also means my Agustus is slightly different from everyone else making the reading seem a little more personal. I feel as if this is a book that will withstand the test of time and be passed on from generation ot generation. Personally I loved it. I highly recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2012-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like a Roller Coaster That Only Goes Up What a fantastic read. John, may I say that I give you complete and absolute kudos for this book. Even I couldn't hold back my laughter when reading this book, nor could I hold back the tears that demanded to be spilled as I read about the ever modest Hazel and charismatic Augustus. My grandmother died from cancer. Unfortunately, I can't say much about it since I was so little when she went to sleep for the last time. But I will without a doubt treat people with disease or illness just like I would anyone else. After all, we all get sick, right? Some just get it worse than others. However, I still have to say that Looking for Alaska is my favorite book of John's and will continue to be forever. The Fault in Our Stars really helps to see how it feels from the cancercontaining side of the story. I'm not too sure if this is a side effect of cancer, or a side effect of dying. Whichever it may be, I greatly recommend this book to any and everyone.
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A roller coaster of emotions -- like life itself... Just spent 5 hours reading "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green. Can't remember the last time a novel ever caused such a roller coaster of emotions. I laughed...I cried...And that was in the first 10 pages. It reminded me of the good times (and bad) of watching close friends, battle, accept and unfortunately die from this disease. This book, like life, is a roller coaster. Live your best life today.
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mishap in Ottawa This is irrelevant to the content of the book, however I'm not sure where I should post this. John Green specifically wants all copies to be sold and shipped on January 10th, as mentioned on his facebook, tumblr, youtube channel, etc. However, today I saw nearly 20 copies of this book on the shelf in the Teen section, at a location in Ottawa. Please respect John Green's wishes and hold them back until the tenth. Thank you.
Date published: 2011-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pre-Ordered Copies Signed By Author! For anyone considering this book, or preordering it, just a note: the author has promised that anyone preordering this book will receive a signed copy of the book!
Date published: 2011-07-28