The Fault in Our Stars

Green, John

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Fault in Our Stars
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. 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, 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 Esther's story is told in the 2014 posthumous memoir This Star Won't Go Out : the Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl.

Publisher: New York :, Dutton Books,, [2012]
Copyright Date: ♭2012
ISBN: 9780525478812
Characteristics: 318 pages ;,22 cm


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Comment by: Cleveland Youth Services Recommends Jul 07, 2014

I loved this book. It was heart warming sad and charming. TFIOS is one of the BEST books by John Green!

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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Mar 30, 2015

I loved this book. Sad, funny, and touching. I was surprised thinking it was going to be like a Nicholas Sparks kind of book but it definitely was not. It was so much better. (No offense so Nicholas Spark lovers) It was amazing and I'll most likely be re-reading this book in the future. I don't re-read many books. But this one makes the list! Grab a box of tissues and enjoy this book!

Mar 26, 2015
  • nourez rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

After hearing so much about this book, I can't get over how disappointed I was in it. Normally not a fan of teen fiction, I decided to give this book a go after hearing from numerous people that it was "different than the rest [of teen fiction literature]" with characters who you could relate to, and a plot that doesn't do the same thing as the other.

Unfortunately, both John Green's prose, and especially his characterization annoyed me to no end. He tries to have the characters be witty in their dialogue, but they come off as unnatural, speaking in a way that you can't help but feel is not representative of any given 16 year old (Nobody, and I mean NOBODY in their right mind would carry around a pack of cigarettes to not smoke them for the sake of "metaphor"). He also tries to bring in larger themes and ideas, exploring existential angst and the fear of both non existence and irrelevancy, without giving any real answers or insight. An Imperial Affair, his novel within a novel, could have been used to great effect mirror the lives of Hazel and Gus, but rather than letting his readers explore the meaning of his metaphor, he procedes to fully and explain its meaning almost immediately after introducing it. This needless explination of things happens on more than one occasion throughtout the novel, and it leads me to question whether Green fully trusts his readers to think critically for themselves, rather than having to be spoonfed.

All this leads to my biggest complaint about the novel, its near constant contridiction of itself. One of the first things Hazel says in the novel is something along the lines of "You don't become defined by your cancer, you just become you, but with cancer". She then proceeds to spend the next 250 or so pages talking about almost nothing but her cancer (and occasioanally about how gorgeous Gus is). Hazel doesn't seem to have any interests or character traits beyond being "girl with cancer". It defines her to such a great extent that you wonder if she did anything before her diagnosis other than thinking about what her life would be like with cancer. It's infuriating to read, as Green constantly points out the cliches of the "Sick-Lit" genre, and states that in "real life" things don't work out like that, and then proceeds to fall victim to those cliches regardless.

And thus the book fails. It's an average book (3 stars) that is unfortunately dragged down by its near constant reminders that it could have, and likely should have, been something much better.

Mar 02, 2015
  • stepanie123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is so sweet, but sad. It touched my heart. To all you need not fear a waste of time. The Fault In Our Stars is worth it!

Feb 12, 2015
  • GuyN rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

So many people recommended this book that I read it although the plot description really isn't my cup of tea. What makes it truly stand out is the authentic voices of the characters and the unflinching reality of the challenges they face. Don't expect a tidy wrap up at the end.

Feb 06, 2015
  • nancycomfortanderson rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I was so ready to love this book. Booklist gave it a good review. But for me the language didn't ring true. And the philosophy in the book tried to be oh-so-intellectual but it fell flat. I didn't buy the ending either. Gus would not have written to Van Houten, asking for help with Hazel's eulogy. Neither Gus or Hazel liked or respected the man.

Jan 27, 2015
  • CeeJay_73 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Love this book! As soon as I finished it, I turned to page one and started reading it all over again!
John Green is a genius and has amazing insight!!

Jan 14, 2015
  • ameliamiles rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

John Green is my FAVORITE AUTHOR OF ALL TIME! Nerdfighters unite!

Jan 08, 2015

2 kids with cancer, love story, cute young adult story. (Movie, too)

Dec 22, 2014
  • karen9 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This story is another beautifully written novel that is however, tragic. It's a very good young adult book that leads you excited to explore adult fiction. It's romance based with fiction, and very good story. Touched my heart and is a must read.

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.

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Mar 23, 2015

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black_cat_1876 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 45

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Nov 28, 2014
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Jan 29, 2015
  • GuyN rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“I believe the universe wants to be noticed. I think the universe is improbably biased toward consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because it enjoys its elegance being observed. And who am , living in the middle of history, to tell the universe that it—or my observation of it—is temporary?”

Jan 14, 2015
  • ameliamiles rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"It's a metaphor, see: you put the killing thing between your teeth, but you don't give it the power to kill you."

Nov 06, 2014

"The world is not a wish granting factory."

Nov 06, 2014

"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."

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.”

Aug 09, 2014
  • megarina152 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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

Aug 05, 2014

"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."

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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.

Jul 07, 2014

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.

Jun 27, 2014
  • ryansavage rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This heartwarming, yet heartbreaking story displays the beauty of true love, with an extremely sad twist at the end.

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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.

Jul 03, 2014

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

Jul 03, 2014

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

Jul 03, 2014

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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