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The Fault in Our Stars

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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
Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Dutton Books
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Jade They met at a Harry Potter conference! John was there with his brother, Hank, who sings songs about the boy wizard. (And probably about He Who Shall…moreThey met at a Harry Potter conference! John was there with his brother, Hank, who sings songs about the boy wizard. (And probably about He Who Shall Not Be Named, too!) The conference was hosting a dance, and John Green was hanging out in the back of the room, because he doesn't dance. He started chatting with Esther Earl, who inspired the character of Hazel.

There's a book about her:

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Update (25/06/2014)-
Since I've been receiving a lot of cyber bullies and hate messages, I’m going to clarify few things.

-Firstly, this is a negative review of the book and it has got a lot of potential to infuriate the fans. If you think that your opinion is the only opinion that exists on earth and that no one should dislike your favourite book, then I would suggest you to avoid this review.

-Secondly, This is my review and I have the freedom to analyse and criticise this book as I wish to wit
Jan 13, 2014 Madeline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At age twenty-two, John Green worked as a student chaplain in a children's hospital.

Let's take a moment and consider all the implications of that, and why he is making a colossal understatement when he described the experience as "devastating." That was about twelve years ago, and Green has said in interviews that because of this experience, he's spent twelve years trying to write a book about kids with cancer - not poster children of strength and courage and illness-granted wisdom, but real ki
April*procrastinator and proud*

This is me after I finished the book (and whenever I think about it).

*pointless EDIT* Woooah! 1000+ likes!? I'm surprised how many people are willing to read my little blurb of nothingness!

*EDIT* In a lot of peoples reviews I keep seeing "they don't talk their age!" or "They make these beautiful long speeches which is something that normal teenagers don't do" and I have to point out that Augustus and Hazel AREN'T normal teenagers. They've had to go through so much more in their lifetime than a

John Green.

John Green.

John Green.

You're not like Peter Van Houten, are you?

What have you done to my brain...

and my heart...

I'm not gonna review how exquisite John Green can write, or how he can create characters as special as Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, or how amazing he can tell a story. Despite the huge number of ratings and the spectacular average rating, this book is not perfect. You might find it unrealistic, because if there are many of us who see the life and its complexity like Haze
1.5 stars.

EDIT: Changed the rating because it's gotten to the point where my sister and I have inside jokes on how stupid and shallow this book is. I can't think about this book without getting angry.

I have a history with pretentious people.
My biggest mess involved two boys in particular who were so incredibly full of themselves that for the first time in my life, I openly expressed my dislike to them. They know that I couldn’t care less about their “hotness” or just how amazing they were. So go
Dec 04, 2013 Tatiana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of cancer stories and everything John Green writes
As seen on The Readventurer

The Fault in Our Stars currently has a rating of 4.74 on Goodreads, almost everyone I know has given it 5 stars, therefore I'm certain no one would want to read my sour musings, except me and maybe a couple of other like-minded and unimpressed.

What I'd love to know is this - what makes a writer undertake the topic of cancer? So much has already been written about it, so many Lifetime movies filmed, so many tears shed. It literally has been done to death. What new did J

You will cry, because this is VERY sad.

So a discussion occurred in my head after I rated the book.

(view spoiler)
Emily May
It seems silly that I have to say this, but I've seen many a negative review of this book met with backlash from John's nerdfighter fans, so I want to make one thing clear: I like John Green. You'll find plenty who worship him as a god amongst men and many who are highly critical of him, I fall into neither of these categories but I do like him and I enjoy watching his videos. I find him funny and I agree with a lot of what he stands for; I also appreciate the amount of charity work he does and ...more
I must be clear from the beginning. This is perhaps the most personal review I have written. My choice of stars was difficult for this. I am a self confessed John Green fan, I believe he is amongst the best of, not only YA, but fiction writers out there in general.
This is a beautifully written book. There is very little to complain about in terms of style, plot, character, etc. However I couldn't, in all good conscience, give this any higher because it sits so badly with me. I have let this nov
Mar 16, 2013 Richa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I HATE this book. Absolutely hate it. Not just from the bottom of my heart (which would literally mean my ventricles, and so, no) but with my whole heart. I hate it, hate it, hate it.

I hate the fact that it made me laugh, so hard!
I hate the fact that it made me smile, so much!
I hate the fact that it made me chuckle, so profusely!

I hate the fact that it gifted me with so much Laughter, Smiles and Chuckles when I was expecting to come face to face with tragedy at any changed my expec
Veronica Roth
Destini Mia~ ♕ Sassy Lassie
Feb 13, 2016 Destini Mia~ ♕ Sassy Lassie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: favorites

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars
But in ourselves.

This is the first time I’ve truly been at a loss for words. What am I supposed to say? How can I do this book justice? Maybe tell you all that it was perfect? The best, most heartbreaking, hilarious book that has touched me like none other? Sure. I mean, it's been said countless times, in countless reviews, and you know what? They are absolutely, a hundred and fifty percent true.

Hazel's days are numbered thanks to her crap lungs. S
May 20, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Venn you vish upon a star...

shady boots
Hang on a sec.

I'm gonna leave the rating blank now, cause I feel like I wouldn't have given this book five stars had I read it today. Yeah, it definitely impacted me once upon a time, but now... I've read so many unbelievably emotional books that this one just seems to, quite frankly, fade into the background. I've read a handful of eye-opening reviews and analyses that have made me see this book in a new light. A dimmer light, sadly.

Sorry to disappoint the people who liked my former review, whe
Dec 30, 2014 Nataliya rated it really liked it

So, book, you decided not to play fair, huh? You used Tearjerking 101, huh? You armed yourself with adorably precocious teenage characters delivering insanely quotable lines while dying from cancer, huh?

Well, guess what - "I'm not cryyyyying! It's just been raining on my face..."
And so my hard-won cool image of a cold-hearted cynic has been saved by this line, courtesy of New Zealand's 4th most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo:

Seriously, book, you know that m
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*



There are almost 33000 reviews of this book. Why do I try to write one? I just don’t know but I do know that I have to let you know my thoughts about this AWESOME book.

I love YA. Even if I take YA holidays sometimes and stop reading it I can’t deny it’s one of my fave genres. This book and Forbidden are probably my favourite YA books and right now I cannot decide which one is my absolute favourite.

I knew about this book, I knew how it ended and I though
Barry Pierce
I feel so sorry for these privileged, middle-class, white teenagers.
Lola  Reviewer
Apr 30, 2016 Lola Reviewer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Well, of course, everyone.
Recommended to Lola by: So many people, it's crazy.
I’m just going to sit here, write my review and pretend there aren’t already 100 179 reviews for The Fault in Our Stars posted on this incredible online community.

Let’s start, shall we?


First of all, I didn’t cry. I know many of you did, and I can understand why, I really can. But, the thing is… this book has a balanced atmosphere. It’s both sad and full of life. During my reading, I concentrated on the joyful parts and the humour. Maybe that’s why I didn’t feel crushed by the ‘cancer’ part.

Holy holy holy I waited so long for this novel, so long. I wish so bad I could give it more than 5 stars. John Green is absolutely amazing, amazing, amazing. The Fault in Our Stars had me laughing and crying, then laughing more and crying more. I will reread this over and over again, just like the rest of his novels. Oh wow, was it ever worth the wait. Thank you, John Green, for being so damn spectacular.
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*

I think that about covers it. You can all go home now. Bye.


But, seriously. I got more wrapped up in this book than I thought I would. Even though there was so much hype surrounding it, and John Green is a cool dude and all that ... for some reason, I put off reading this for a long time. I think it's because I tend to hate "illness" books. A lot of the time they tend to be overly corny and melodramatic and whatnot. And even the best of them ... well, from the very beginning you pretty
Jul 13, 2013 Stacy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had never read a John Green novel prior to reading this one. I wanted very much to like it and felt certain after reading some of the overwhelmingly positive reviews here that it would be an awesome and heartbreaking experience. I was ready and excited. I guess I could sum the experience up best by stating that it is unlikely I will read another book by this author, and if I do it will be sometime in the future when I forget how utterly disappointing I found this book to be.

I had a lot of prob
Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Wallflower Addict*

Let me start with how I feel
My heart hurts. It bleeds, it cries. This book made me feel. How to articulate and not post a bunch of nonsensical babble.
Did I enjoy reading this book?
Did this book make an everlasting impression on me, in a good way?
Would I read it again?
Well, yes. I'm a masochist.
Who should read this book?
What did this book teach me?
That life isn't fair, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't live it to the best of you ability. And a whole lot more, but I think you
But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn't trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful.”


Some books will make you laugh so hard your stomach will hurt.
Some books will make you so mad that you’d want to throw the book out the window or burn it in fury.
Some books will leave you asking for more because it ended with a cliffhanger.
Some books will leave you questioning why it ended the way it
Meg ♥
Jul 03, 2012 Meg ♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Hazel is a 16 year old girl with stage IV thyroid cancer, and has been living with an oxygen tank since she was first diagnosed at 12. She realizes she is going to die, but she is on a drug that is keeping the tumors at bay. At a support group meeting she meets hottie Augustus Waters, who is in remission. They immediately hit it off and change each others lives drastically.

The Fault in Our Stars is another beautifully written book by John Green. A few months ago John made a video on his youtube
Jan 22, 2012 karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya
you have a choice in this world, i believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice.

john green, like his characters, always makes the funny choice. and readers, like "women" are really just looking for a sense of humor. and the sense of humor goes a long way towards pardoning other sins. because come on, john green - your characters are so unlikely. ordinarily, i would squirm at such clever,verbose,insightful, literary-reference-dropping teenagers. but they are so funny and c
Mohammed Arabey
Apr 18, 2016 Mohammed Arabey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

روايتين في كتاب واحد..بنهاية ملائمة,مشاعر واقعية,عارية وجميلة!! ومبالغ في تقييمها

لا اعرف كيف ارتب افكاري حول الروايه ,أو ما أكتبه عنها,فماذا أقول بعد كل ماقيل
ولكن أستوقفني جمله علي لسان "أوجستس" ولعلها -دائما- تعبر عني عند كتابه الريفيو
"Okay, maybe I’m not such a shitty writer. But I can’t pull my ideas together,
My Thoughts are stars,I can't fathom into Constellations"

ولنبدأ بانطباعي الأول اثناء القراءه
دعوت الله الصبر والتحمل وتخفيف المعاناه والالم لكل المرضي,وسرعة شفائهم, وحمدت الله علي نعمه ا
Akanksha❤ Søren♰
Jul 05, 2014 Akanksha❤ Søren♰ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
For people who haven't read this book yet...
• Read the book first so you love the movie and connect more

•But always remember, Nothing ever lives up to an amazing book.'

Just a few weeks for the movie!!! :D :D :D :D
I wish they cast him, he's so pretty!!!

And they've taken Shailene Woodley for Hazel Grace!






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So here I lay, after reading this book with swollen eyes, a runny nose, a wet puffy face and a whole lot of heart ache and a head ache too.

This book was beautiful. I have no
EDIT, 16.04.2012 For further analysis of the themes in the story, my Book Lantern post. Warning, spoilers included! Is the Fault Really in Our Stars?

Also, Meghan's follow up post:
Augustus Waters: Hero or Zero?

The first time I heard about The Fault In Our Stars was in a vlog by John Green, and my thoughts ran along the lines of: "Oh, new book. Nice. Might check it out of the library." And that's that. It wasn't until the early shipping fiasco and the subsequent blog posts that I really conside
K.D. Absolutely
May 04, 2014 K.D. Absolutely rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Biena Magbitang
Shelves: ya, saddest, sad
I can be honest, right? After all, it was I who spent time reading this book.

I guess it has something to do with the fact that so many friends and relatives raved about this book being sad and great prior to my reading. For example, an 8-year old niece of my wife said that she cried while reading the book because it is about teenagers with cancer. Then of course most of my GR friends, foreigners and locals alike, rated this book with either 4 or 5 stars.

So, when I started reading this book, I th
First and foremost, the author really does not want you to spoil yourself. I, however, am the kind of person who likes to read revealing reviews before purchasing a book. There are, after all, only so many books you can read in a year and afford to buy. If I didn't own this book, I'd want to read a review like this... So, I leave it up to you, intrepid reader. I'm sure you're smart enough to know your own preferences and I'll be using spoiler tags for the stuff I believe Green doesn't want discu ...more
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John Green's first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New
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