The Fault in Our Stars: Book summary and reviews of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

by John Green

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2012
    318 pages
    Genre: Novels

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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 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.

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"Starred Review. Beautifully conceived and executed, this story artfully examines the largest possible considerations—life, love, and death—with sensitivity, intelligence, honesty, and integrity. In the process." - Booklist

"Damn near genius... Simply devastating... Fearless in the face of powerful, uncomplicated, unironized emotion." - TIME Magazine

"[Green] delivers more than a collectible …with keen observation and empathy…producing a story about two incandescent kids who will live a long time in the minds of the readers who come to know them." - People, 4 out of 4 stars

"Funny…Poignant…Luminous." - Entertainment Weekly

"A pitch perfect, elegiac comedy." - USA Today

"A smarter, edgier Love Story for the Net Generation." - Family Circle

"Green writes books for young adults, but his voice is so compulsively readable that it defies categorization. He writes for youth, rather than to them, and the difference is palpable….You will be thankful for the little infinity you spend inside this book." - NPR

"[Green] shows us true love—two teenagers helping and accepting each other through the most humiliating physical and emotional ordeals—and it is far more romantic than any sunset on the beach." - New York Times Book Review

"What makes this novel compelling is not a thrill-a-minute plot but the authenticity of characters deeply engaged in trying to live 'forever within the numbered days.' John Green deftly mixes the profound and the quotidian in this tough, touching valentine to the human spirit." - The Washington Post

"Perfect in every way." - Sacramento Bee

"Starred Review. An achingly beautiful story about life and loss." - School Library Journal
 
"Starred Review. Acerbic comedy, sexy romance, and a lightly played, extended meditation on the big questions about life and death." - Horn Book
 
"Starred Review. A smartly crafted intellectual explosion of a romance….Carefully structured dialogue and razor-sharp characters brim with genuine intellect, humor and desire." - Kirkus
 
"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, bestselling and Printz Honor–winning author of The Book Thief
 
The Fault in Our Stars takes a spin on universal themes—Will I be loved? Will I be remembered? Will I leave a mark on this world?—by dramatically raising the stakes for the characters who are asking." - Jodi Picoult, New York Times–bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper and Sing You Home

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Paula

Amazing!
Right when I picked up the book, I knew I would love it. I felt like Augustus and Hazel were like my friends. I got to know the characters very well. The book is very well written and I recommend you read it!

Teresa

Couldn't stop thinking about the characters
I fell in love with Hazel and Augustus, the lead characters in the book. While I was at work, in the back of my mind I was wondering what was happening with them and I couldn't wait to get back to the book.

It has been a long, long time since characters were as alive and real to me as they were.

I was one of the prime caregivers for my sister during her cancer. We were not kids; we were in our fifties. But the tone of the cancer kids in this book hit a true, authentic note.

I tried reading the book about "Alaska" by John Green and it was not enjoyable to me. I abandoned it after about four chapters. I've started the book about "Katherines" but it's too early to tell if it will click with me.

"Fault in Our Stars" is an engaging, strong book.

Shayla Thompson

Great!
First book I've read this year and it was AMAZING!

Kelli Robinson

No Emotional Investment For Me
This was my first John Green book and, prior to this book, I had no other experience with "cancer kids" in literature. I expected the story to be really sad but...it really wasn't. I generally appreciate snarkiness and Veronica Mars-like intelligence and quick wit in teenagers and I got a lot of that dialogue so that was welcome. I guess what was missing for me was a deeper connection to the characters. Maybe all that snarkiness kept me at arm's length and, although I was moved at some level by the struggles each kid faced, I wasn't emotionally invested so...no tears for me.

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John Green Author Biography

John Green is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All The Way Down. He is also the coauthor, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. He was the 2006 recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award, a 2009 Edgar Award winner, and has twice been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Green's books have been published in more than 55 languages and over 24 million copies are in print. John is also an active Twitter user with more than 5 million followers.

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