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The Fault in Our Stars

Green, John

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Fault in Our Stars
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According to author John Green, The Fault In Our Stars was inspired by his friendship with Esther Earl, who "redefined the process of dying young for me." (December 2012 Good Reads interview, http://www.goodreads.com/interviews/show/828.John_Green). He cautions his readers not to take the novel too literally however, stating that he doesn't "want people conflating Esther with Hazel (they're very different), and it's extremely important to me that I not claim to be telling Esther's story. Esther's story belongs to Esther and to her family." (John Green's tumblr, August 2, 2012 http://fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com/post/28557373623/everybody-was-told-to-make-a-funny-face-but-i). Esther's story is told in the 2014 posthumous memoir This Star Won't Go Out : the Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl. Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life. 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.
Publisher: New York :, Dutton Books,, [2012]
Copyright Date: ♭2012
ISBN: 1480649708
9781480649705
9781451740837
1451740832
0525478817
9780525478812
Characteristics: 318 pages ;,22 cm

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List - Books I've read! by: Johna A Large Oct 04, 2012

I laughed, I cried. Count on John Green for a heartfelt read.


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Dec 20, 2014
  • blue_jay_230 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I felt like this book didn't let me know Hazel Grace as a character, but more of someone who was part of a couple. If I had had the chance to know Hazel and Augustus more as individuals it would have been easier for me to grieve Gus's death.

Dec 12, 2014
  • crazycoolbff rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved it!!!!! VERY GOOD BOOK!!!!

Dec 07, 2014
  • kityojames rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very captivating book. I love the place shifts in the story. The fast paced motion of the plot. Teenagers with the minds of adults? Maybe they were more of teens. Still, it is a great story of love and compassion.

Dec 07, 2014
  • katerys rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

According to the OPL, two stars means "ok". That's what I'm rating it.

I didn't cry while reading the book nor while watching the film. The only part I found as almost-tear-worthy was when Augustus was stuck at the gas station. I felt sad that he felt that way about himself.

The characters... I just felt that their romance and sadness was a bit unrealistic and it made it harder to... not relate, but at least believe it.

It's OK. I think it's highly overrated.

Dec 04, 2014
  • modestgoddess rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I have a love/hate relationship with this book. It's full of nuggets of wisdom and enjoyable metaphors and similes, but it's also full of annoying teenageriness and contains highly improbably occurrences. The ending in particular was most infuriating for its ridiculousness. Trying not to make this a spoiler: why would that person write that letter to that other person, given the way that other person has behaved earlier and given how the subject of the letter felt about that other person? It stretches credulity to the breaking point and I cannot forgive the author for such a contrived and silly wrap-up.

Really good! I give an infinity and beyond of ten for this book! Hazel and Augustus (or Gus for short) are two people battling with cancer. Hazel met Gus in a cancer support group at a church her mom made her go to. Soon Gus joined the group too and immediately started flirting with Hazel. Then the two love birds starting hitting it off and the next thing you know they're flying to a country (I'm not going to tell you the name so I don't spoil it) and meeting Hazel's inspiring author. Enjoy this story and I highly recommend it to people that are into romance and heart warming stories! This book has changed the way I look and feel about other people and hopefully it will do the same for you! John Green is an amazing author and if you want a good book to make you feel something special then read this book!

Nov 25, 2014
  • modis01 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful. A must read. The characters leap off the pages and steal your heart.

such a sad yet beautifully written story i love it

Nov 22, 2014
  • FindingJane rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The plight of Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters takes center stage in a novel that draws you in and drags you under with its depiction of their daily struggles and negotiations with cancer. They are cancer survivors/victims/partners because their diseases are impossible to ignore or forget for more than mere moments at a time.

Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters speak with a gravitas and vocabulary you don’t often see in adolescents. I believe that’s because their lives force them into adult situations, around adults who can’t treat them as children. They have to be spoken to severely and soberly about how their lives will change and their chances of survival. They are not like normal teenagers even though they occasionally react and act like them.

This adds a layer of complexity and uniqueness to these fictional characters that raises them out of the norm. They are grave, funny, amusing, amused and tough. There is also, for the most part, no sentimentality on their parts. They repudiate the notion of people made noble and inspiring in their battles with cancer; there’s nothing noble about sucking in air through a straw stuffed in your nose or vomiting on yourself because you’re too weak to turn your head.

This book does not inspire—there are no happy endings, a point the author makes without strain—but it does absorb with its depiction of a life lived with roadblocks and daily challenges. Hazel’s ongoing battles with her own breathings should be hard to read—but they’re not. Her stern inner monologues in order to get her lungs to behave and her acceptance of the metal canister she has to drag behind her at practically every step become mundane because she is so matter of fact about them. She often sounds as if she’s walking a lovable both infuriating puppy, one that trails her but insists on stopping to investigate every bush and tree.

When love gets introduced into the equation, Hazel’s life becomes irrevocably changed and her negotiations with her own physical weakness take on a new fierceness. The attempts of Hazel to scratch out good days from a bad situation are a display of her own inner strength and resources. Her affair with the handsome, steady Augustus Waters touch us as we read how reluctantly and then wholeheartedly she falls in love with this youth who refuses to let her go.

“The Fault in Our Stars” isn’t a novel you have to read. But life seems infinitely richer after you have.

Nov 19, 2014
  • GhostWriterAt221B rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Not quite up there with Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns but more at the level of Abundance of Katherines. I simply could not put down this book. It had me curled up in a ball on my mattress, hugging the novel to my chest, hysterical, sobbing uncontrollably. It's like the teenage version of Bridge to Terabithia, if you know what I mean. Contrary to what people say, you don't just cry at the end when HUSH SPOILERS but you cry from the first chapter and on, leaving you with a killer migraine and a heavy heart. Holy crap, this book is amazing. Genius, even. All there is to say, honestly.

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Dec 12, 2014
  • crazycoolbff rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Nov 28, 2014
  • olive_owl_99 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Nov 03, 2014
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Oct 07, 2014
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Sep 30, 2014
  • white_butterfly_327 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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"The world is not a wish granting factory."

"I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn't trade it for the world."

Oct 29, 2014
  • MonsterGirl94 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

you gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful."
Hazel

Sep 02, 2014
  • Red_Cobra_111 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Okay?" "Okay."

Aug 20, 2014
  • flammy_icy_girl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I am," he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. "I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

"I'm on a rollercoaster that only goes up, my friend" -Augustus Waters

"Why are you looking at me like that?"

"Because you're beautiful, I enjoy looking at beautiful people,...and I don't like to deny myself of the simple pleasures of life."

Aug 01, 2014
  • basketball11 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Some infinities are bigger than other infinities."

Aug 01, 2014
  • ypzheng rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"That's the thing about pain, it demands to be felt."

Jul 25, 2014
  • rastadana rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Okay

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Hazel Grace expects to die of cancer. At a support group she meets a guy called Augustus Waters. He makes her life better and they fall in love. Then Augustus' cancer comes back and Hazel is scared for them. What will happen? Find out in The Fault In Our Stars

Aug 05, 2014
  • The_Snow_Man rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A heartwarming story about finding love in dark times, The Fault in Our Stars explores the life of Hazel Grace. Hazel, who suffers from thyroid cancer, attends a cancer support group weekly, where she meets Augustus Waters. Hazel and Augustus become fast friends but will their friendship survive and potentially become something more in the face of hardship?

Aug 01, 2014
  • ypzheng rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hazel is a 16 year old girl that has thyroid cancer. She has to carry an oxygen tank around with her to give her oxygen. She met Augustus in a cancer support group. The bond between them grew each day but days have to come to an end. Through their journey, they learn to love no matter what they are.

Jul 21, 2014
  • Kaylenp1006 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A girl with cancer meets a boy who also has cancer. They gone on this marvelous adventure together.

Jul 14, 2014
  • SupahHotFire rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a romantic, but very real and heart breaking story. It will bring you to tears. You have Hazel then you have Gus. Hazel has cancer. Gus is in "remission". They are in love. There the perfect couple.Until you hit the reality that they have both have cancer. If you want to know what happens to this young couple you will have to read the book to find out.

Jul 14, 2014
  • Katherine2003 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hazel has a type of lung cancer. After meeting Augustus at a support group, Augustus and her fall in love. But they're in for a roller coaster of emotions as they battle their cancer.

Jul 11, 2014
  • camo_commander rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Review for the fault in our stars- hailey caton

The fault in our stars is a sad cancer story and an excellent love story but it is not any ordinary cancer book. In the Fault in our stars we follow Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus waters on an exciting journey of their love. Augustus is in love with hazel but hazel says she is a grenade and doesn’t want to get too close to Augustus. What will happen when Hazel finally falls for Augustus and one of them has bad news?
I thought this was a great book because it tells a really good story that is hard for me to categorize in any type of book genre. The Fault in Our stars maybe a cancer book but it is not an ordinary cancer book its an extraordinary cancer book with a great tale of love and an exciting mini adventure packed in one book and told in about 526 pages.

This is a very good book. A little bit of a twist on a teen love story. Watch out for the sexual references, cursing and the sexual scenes. Otherwise very well written.

Jul 05, 2014
  • sgranvil rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a magnificent love story about two teens with cancer.
It is all about how Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters spend their time together as they fall in love.
Through ups and downs and terrifying trips to the ER they are hopefuls.
It shows that just because you have cancer, doesn't mean you are a useless game piece on the board of life.
This story will captivate you from beginning to end, as you experience the roller coaster ride that is their lives.
It is a must read for all.

Jul 04, 2014
  • 22950008513780 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Hazel Grace knows she is nothing if not terminal. Then she meets Augustus Waters and falls in love. She then realizes that some infinites are bigger then other infinites.

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Sep 21, 2014
  • Dancelover12321 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Other: Talks about cancer unrealistically.

Jul 04, 2014
  • 22950008513780 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: talks about cancer and death

Jul 04, 2014
  • 22950008513780 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: some teen sex and sexual jokes

Jul 04, 2014
  • 22950008513780 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: some swearing but most teens will already be accustomed to that.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Cancer and death. 10/10 WILL RIP OUT UR HEART

Sexual Content: Jokes and a vague love scene- safe though. 3/10

Coarse Language: S**t is used as well as b***h a** and the f word once in understandable circumstances. 5/10

Jun 23, 2014
  • runner_chick rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Teen sex

Jun 23, 2014
  • runner_chick rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Some Swearing

Jun 21, 2014
  • SkylarkShadow rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Teen sex

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