The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

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Bestselling author John Green returns with an eagerly anticipated and emotional novel about sickness and health, life and death. Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs. for now. Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too - post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and - shockingly, to her - interested in Hazel.
Publisher: New York : Dutton Books, c2012.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525478812
0525478817
9780147513731
0147513731
9780525426417
Branch Call Number: YA GREEN J
Characteristics: 318 pages ; 22 cm.

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A bittersweet, emotionally intense story about two teen cancer survivors who find strength and love in each other.

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sharishsu
Jan 06, 2021

16-year-old Hazel has stage 4 thyroid cancer. Despite numerous medical procedures buying her more time, there is one thing Hazel knows: her cancer will kill her. However, during a Cancer Kid Support Group meeting, intelligent and handsome Augustus arrives. Hazel and Augustus’ love story stems from the get-go, but at every opportunity, cancer forces a wedge between the two.

The Fault in Our Stars is a highly praised novel, and there’s even a movie version. I wouldn’t say it made me cry, but I was definitely emotional by the end of the book. The plot is predictable, but nevertheless, still fun to read; thus it receives a solid four stars!

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hanbergfam
Jan 03, 2021

In the first few pages, it describes a character 'pawing at boobs'. I stopped after that. This is not appropriate for anyone younger than 14.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 16, 2020

Rating 4/5 In this romantic book, Hazel Grace and Augustus Water’s meet under horrible circumstances, but what comes from it is beautiful. The best part of these characters journey is when their dream comes true. This part will fill you with a type of joy you didn’t know a book could give you. But the ending could’ve been better. This book will make you feel anger, sadness, and joy all at once. It’ll make you realize how short and precious life, and how important the people around you are. This novel is perfect for a teen reader who enjoys romantic and emotional reads. @ve_teenreview of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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SC_bookworm_0
Dec 04, 2020

~2 stars~
Call me heartless, but I didn't enjoy this book.

To be completely honest, I was expecting so much from this book, having read Turtles All the Way Down, which wasn't half bad. This book was also sort of hyped, so naturally, I read it.

CHARACTERS:
Let's just start by saying that Hazel and Augustus are almost the same person. They are also incredibly unrealistic.
HAZEL:
Name one person in your life that can spew sentences like this without a moment's hesitation:
"And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that's what everyone else does."

Exactly. No one. This was part of a literal speech she made in response to Augustus's "I fear oblivion". Right before she recited this monologue, it was said that she is "fairly shy". But not shy enough to deliver monologues without hesitation, stuttering, and the like? Not to mention, the sort of things Hazel says are downright pretentious. How can I be expected to believe that this is a sixteen year old?!

I'll admit, some parts were comical, but only because they were ridiculous. For example, the whole thing with Hazel and scrambled eggs. No one cares that Hazel thinks scrambled eggs are confined to breakfast. I've eaten scrambled eggs for lunch and dinner, and they're not so bad.

AUGUSTUS:
I'm not going to rant too much about this Augustus dude, because, well... he's the male version of Hazel, therefore I had the same issues with him. "Existentially fraught free throws". *shakes head in utter confusion*

THE PLOT:
I don't feel like completely tearing apart this book and saying something like "there was no plot", but... yeah, there was no plot. Nothing happened, there weren't any scenes in this book which actually kept me hooked on the novel and motivated to read, I basically slogged through the book.

I know I've ranted quite a bit about this, but I do want to acknowledge that this book and the movie based on it raised awareness about cancer and what it's like to live with it as a teenager, and I respect that.

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

The Fault In Our Stars is a teen girl must read. But have tissues

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xarathustra
Nov 09, 2020

In which life is laid out, and so are several characters. It feels almost like a 5, but maybe feelings aren't enough; today; to make such a commitment.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 17, 2020

★★★★★ This story is beyond incredible. I absolutely loved reading this book. It proves that some things, though tragic, though unimaginably painful, must happen. The connection of Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters grows as the world seems to shrink, and that is truly beautiful. These characters have created this fractured vase of a world, mending itself, and John Green has done and especially amazing job of bringing it all to life. I highly recommend this book to really any young adult, as it portrays the love we wish we had, in a life we fear. We’ve all come to be side effects of life, as life is a side effect of death, as death is simply @RoseleineSaphoria of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I recently read the book: The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green. This book will have you hysterically crying and laughing at the same time. Amazingly written, John Green’s book just has a way of controlling your emotions with his words. Hazel’s character is really relatable with just staying home and watching tv. Augustus’s character was my favourite. The way John Green wrote his emotions towards Hazel really showed you how much he loved her. The way Gus shared his wish with Hazel was so cute. I also really liked Issac’s character who Gus and Hazel were always there for. The way the cancer affects everyone in this book is really heartbreaking because of how it could also affect the people you love the most. What happened near the end really came to shock me because the way John Green wrote the book it sounded like Hazel and Gus were going to live happily ever after. But that wasn’t the case. The letter that Gus wrote to Peter Van Houten about Hazel had you crying. I rate this book a 5/5. @peppapig of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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naihco3
Oct 03, 2020

This is a very heartwarming story and has a tragic plot. Hazel is a cancer patient who has gotten a few years left after her tumor being shrunken. Then comes a new patient named Augustus Waters at the Cancer Kid Support Group. They bond together and both start rewriting their lives. It helps you learn a lot about loving someone and accepting your differences. I really like the language used throughout the book. Although this book can be a bit depressing for some people. It really does deserve the name Best selling book. I hope everyone tries to read this book and analyze the concept behind this book.

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bkulasek
Sep 20, 2020

From the description, I was prepared for cliche, but this was an absolutely original and beautiful book about love, loss, and youth. Would recommend reading in private, unless you don't mind weeping in public.

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hitikshab
Jul 15, 2020

Age Rating: 14+
A beautiful story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a sixteen-year-old girl with lung cancer, and Augustus 'Gus' Waters, a seventeen-year-old boy in remission from cancer in his leg. Hazel, a smart and practical girl, very aware of her inevitable death, pursues life with a gray shadow with an acute awareness for the grief she will cause. But life has other plans for her. She unexpectedly meets the dashing Augustes Waters at a support group and they find their way spending their days together. This hopeful and hopeless, this beautiful but saddening novel is one of my absolute favorites. I have reread this book several times over and each time it's better than the last. Every single time I laugh and I cry, but I love this book because in the sorrow and happiness is the most accurate representation of life I have found. Everyone needs to read this book once in their life, it is just so perfect. And I dare you - try not to have your heart broken reading this book, you can't.

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“That’s part of what I like about the book in some ways. It portrays death truthfully. You die in the middle of your life, in the middle of a sentence”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“Books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“Oh, I wouldn't mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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Ana89_0
Jan 21, 2020

“I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things.”

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Ana89_0
Jan 21, 2020

“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world… but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”

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Penguinreader101
May 29, 2019

"I really really really liked him"
---hazel grace

"One of the less bullshitty conventions of the cancer kid genre is the Last Good Day convention"
---Hazel Grace

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amena_12
Apr 09, 2019

"Pain demands to be felt"

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

Hazel Grace tries to live be a normal teenager...despite her diagnosis with thyroid cancer. When she meets Augustus Waters at a support group for cancer, they quickly fall into a whirlwind romance.

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Superduperstar99
Jul 15, 2016

Hazel Lancaster, a 16-year-old cancer patient, meets and falls in love with Gus Waters, a similarly teen from her cancer support group. Hazel feels that Gus really understands her. They both share the same acerbic wit and a love of books, especially Grace's touchstone, "An Imperial Affliction" by Peter Van Houten. When Gus scores an invitation to meet the author, he and Hazel work on the adventure of their brief lives.

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YH123
Jul 09, 2016

Hazel Grace Lancaster is a teenager girl who was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer when she was young, her life is depressing and sad and she experiences things that not every teen experiences. That all changes when a new kid she meets named Augustus Waters. He changes her life. Follow Hazel on her journey battling cancer.

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PurBar
Jun 11, 2016

Hazel has come to the end of her life while she is still alive. In this story she embraces her suffering and death despite the fact that dying of cancer slowly and with reliance on a drug treatment that kills her as it saves her. May we all learn from our friends and family and fate with as much trust, hope and honest anger as the characters in this wonderful novel.

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xzhang17
Aug 21, 2015

The Fault in Our Stars provides a look into the life of Hazel Grace Lancaster who suffers from thyroid cancer that has spread into her lungs. Throughout the book, she is accompanied by her oxygen tank, which is necessary to help her breathe. Her outlook on life completely changes when she meets hottie Augustus Waters at a cancer support group. A series of plot twists will keep the reader guessing throughout the duration of the novel. And yes, I cried during the ending.

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ayesharazzaq
Aug 07, 2015

The 2 lovers fight cancer together

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Dmwma_nom
Jul 23, 2015

An amazing story of two dying kids who fell in love.

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blobinshlober
Jul 08, 2015

This book is about a young girl named Hazel and her journey through a first romance. Ends in tragedy....

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Goodtimepoet
Jul 02, 2015

This book is about a Girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster, her mom put her in a support group and she met Augustus Waters.

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Leeann2004
Jun 30, 2015

16 year old, Hazel Grace Lancaster, has cancer. She meets Augustus Waters and fell in love with him. Though tragedy came.

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abbyruth
Feb 25, 2018

Sexual Content: Yea.......gross

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PurBar
Jun 11, 2016

Sexual Content: opens with discussion of how an adult deals (or doesn't) with having lost both testicles to testicular cancer. A touch on the cheek is charged with sexual energy. How will Hazel kiss if she can hardly breathe? She sets boundaries on her and Gus's sexual interractions. He understands, respects and accepts them. Sex in this relationship is as honest, healthy and appreciative as it as it can be.

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katiescollon
Jun 23, 2015

Sexual Content: Lots of kissing and one s** scene, not suitable for everyone

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Leena_Dahmani
Jun 22, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Intense when some characters get critically sick.

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Leena_Dahmani
Jun 22, 2015

Other: Sad, might rip your heart out and stomp it on the dirt ground. But still worth the read, it's a beautiful story.

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Leena_Dahmani
Jun 22, 2015

Sexual Content: One sex scene, not too intensely detailed.

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Leena_Dahmani
Jun 22, 2015

Coarse Language: Nothing too vulgar, some f-bombs here and there.

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jion99
Sep 21, 2014

Other: Talks about cancer unrealistically.

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22950008513780
Jul 04, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: talks about cancer and death

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22950008513780
Jul 04, 2014

Sexual Content: some teen sex and sexual jokes

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