The multi-million #1 bestseller, now a major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. "I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once." 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. ** A thought-provoking love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns and - with David Levithan - Will Grayson, Will Grayson. ** John Green has over 2.6 million Twitter followers, and over 2.1 million subscribers to Vlogbrothers, the YouTube channel he created with his brother, Hank. ** 'Electric ...Filled with staccato bursts of humor and tragedy' - Jodi Picoult ** 'A novel of life and death and the people caught in between, The Fault in Our Stars is John Green at his best. You laugh, you cry, and then you come back for more' - Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 03/01/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141345659
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Review by alexrichman
Sweet, funny, depressing...but ultimately a bit slight. It's a great young adult book that seems to have found its way into lots of adults' hands - eminently readable but nothing special.
Review by TPauSilver
Have you ever read a book and, when it ended, immediately wanted to run out and hand it to the next person you see, insist that they read it. To run to the shop and buy a dozen copies and hand them to strangers in the street because this book means something. It's a book that needs to be read, that's true and clever and funny. Hazel is a teenager with cancer. She is dying, there is no hope for her. And then there's Augustus Waters. One of the things I love about this book is it directly addresses the cancer myth. The story we build of cancer as a battle that you have to fight and if you fight long enough and hard enough you will win. That a valiant struggle is rewarded with remission. Instead Hazel is just living. Just getting on with the business of dying and not dying and being herself. She's real in how she feels her pain, how she worries and she's scared but she goes on not because she's valiant and brave but because there's nothing else to do.
Review by readingwithtea
“Hazel Grace, could I, with my meager intellectual capacities, make up a letter from Peter Van Houten featuring phrases like ‘our triumphantly digitized contemporaneity’?”From the blurb: Despite the tumour-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.From my first post (about 150 pages into this book):First impressions: these kids are witty, and I love their conversation, but so far, so another teenage cancer-ridden love story. See similar misery novels: My Sister’s Keeper, Elsewhere, Before I Die.I like the humour, the conversations are funny, but then I had An Issue With This Book: Augustus. He talks like no 17-year-old I’ve ever met. He talks like no man I’ve ever met. I know some quite humorous young women who can get about that many words per minute in amusing streams of consciousness out, but no men. I’m not trying to generalise here, find me an erudite loquacious teenage boy, never mind teenage cancer-surviving boy, and I will eat my metaphorical hat. And when I cannot believe the conversational talent of one of the main couple, things are Not Going To Go Well. Or so I thought – I’ve another 70 pages and sort of accepted it but it still bugged me. But now they’re in Amsterdam and drinking the stars and falling in love but it’s cute and complex and not totally sugar-laden because Hazel thinks of herself like a grenade and… stuff. Themes. Things that English teachers like to discuss.Now that I’ve finished the book…Major Emotional Upheaval point was kind of obvious, but still neatly done and Green doesn’t shy away from the ugly tragedy of cancer; two of the three main kids go through some pretty awful, harrowing suffering. I ended up not crying after all (after putting the book down for a week because I didn’t want to take it on a commute and end up bawling in public), but I think those less stony-hearted than myself would weep.The characters are solidly built and funny, clever kids facing their own mortality far too early. The parents and extended families struck me as a little light, but part of that will be because they were simply not the focus of the story.Generally excellent writing, many witticisms and clever lines:“It’s hard as hell to hold on to your dignity when the risen sun is too bright in your losing eyes, and that’s what I was thinking about as we hunted for bad guys through the ruins of a city that didn’t exist.”“I was wondering what ontologically meant. Regardless, I like it. Augustus and I were together in the Improbable Creatures Club: us and duck-billed platypuses.”Definitely a good read – sweet, romantic, emotionally upheaving, generally restoring faith in humanity and families and friends while ultimately sad… I foresee this appearing on required reading lists for schools in about 3 years’ time – there are stacks of themes to discuss here.
Review by wl-memo
I really like this book, even though it has an air of overhanging sadness that won't really leave you afterwards.
Review by countingscripts
I loved it. I found it really mesmerizing and well written and the theme is tough but I like books like these. There is a part of me that feels like emotionless bitch for not crying and I questioned my whole life because I cry at a lot of books. However, it did leave an impact on me. I have a feeling I'll remember this book for a long time and maybe if I reread it, there will be tears. Or maybe I just became immune. I hope not though. I don't have much to say because everything has already been said. This book is one of my personal favourites and even though it had these little parts that irked me (hence 4.5 star rating) I found it enjoyable and well written and I learned that, indeed, John Green is a really good writer.
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