The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

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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.
Publisher: New York : Dutton Books, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525478812
0525478817
Branch Call Number: FICTION Gre
Description: 318 pages ; 22 cm

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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.

Hazel meets Gus at a patient support group, and they begin to form a relationship, learning that one can still live even though one may die.

The book that drew in hundreds of new readers (teen and adult!) and brought us the equally inspiring movie, The Fault in Our Stars, is a tragic but uplifting story of two teens struggling with cancer and finding love.

Terminal cancer and love don't mix, right? Can a patient with the worst diagnosis fall in love?

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until she is forced to her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.


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Sgordano Apr 22, 2019

Wow, John, could you depress a woman more?

I can't say that the book is written in a common voice that any teen reader would pick up on, because these are not common characters. If there is any leniency in life, at least 3/4s of the readers will never have to experience anything like these characters are living with, be it personally or in a close friend or relative. But the voices seem appropriately characteristic and although it is a somewhat amazing story, if the circumstances written could occur in real life I don't see the story as overly unbelievable.

The story is both dark and light, and although it is a bit heavy, it will definitely put your head somewhere that you probably try to avoid going at all costs. Sometimes, someone has to push you there.

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yellow_cat_2671
Apr 14, 2019

John Green is an amazing author! I have loved all his books he has written. They make you want to stay in bed and read the whole day. I couldn’t believe he was also from Crash Course History. He is great in both!

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weerdness
Apr 04, 2019

Wow. Just... wow. This book is Amazing with a capital A. I'm so glad I dedicated one small "infinity" toward reading this book ;)

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Gwen904
Apr 01, 2019

Perfectly phrased, excellently written, hopelessly heartrending novel.

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Ashleyperez_0
Mar 14, 2019

John Green is a genius, simply put. I've read his books mistakenly after I saw the movies, but after reading the books my fondness over his work grew enormously. He mixes not only scientific and historical information together but makes it fun to read. He has a talent for creating love stories beyond things I could ever imagine. He creates stories I get lost in, and when I am done reading it I still think solely about the book and it's characters. He gives his readers room to imagine what their life after the book is like, He never truly finishes the stories of the characters in the books but rather leaves a space for his readers to fill with their imaginations, which I love. Hazel and Augustus are a rarity I wish to come near to in my life time, but for now the books will suffice. Thank you John Green.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 21, 2019

Upon finishing this book I hugged it tightly to my chest while simultaneously smiling and sobbing.

IndyPL_SteveB Dec 10, 2018

A major winner from Indianapolis author John Green and still one of the 10 best novels for young adults I have ever read. This could be described as a romance between two teenagers with cancer, but that would be both accurate and completely inadequate. Yes, Hazel and Gus are terminally ill; but the book is about much more. It is about grim humor in the face of dying. It is about being noticed by the universe and the debate over whether wanting to leave something behind is noble or absurd. It is about tracking down your favorite author and finding out that he isn’t any smarter than you are. It is about finding the words to tell others who you are as an individual.

The novel has been amazingly popular with teenagers because of Hazel’s voice: tough, pained, smart, smart-ass. This is not a plot-driven book. You might say it is attitude driven. You might also say that it is driven by something which is internal to everyone with intelligence and self-awarenesss -- trying to extract meaning from life without knowing for sure if life or the universe has any “meaning.”

This is not a book which will tell you that death itself is good, or that it has meaning. LIFE might have meaning; death is an absence of meaning.

This is a sad yet beautiful novel about two teens. It is one of those books that after reading, I feel the need the thank John Green for writing such a great book. It touches what is essential part of being a teenager dealing with life and death. I would recommend this book to everyone above the age of 15. (submitted by SC)

IndyPL_NicoleN Nov 01, 2018

This novel is an emotional roller coaster, full of humor, anger, and sadness. John Green is brilliant. Even though the descriptions states the story is about 2 teens with cancer, make sure you have tissues ready if you cry easily! I was a mess!

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summerforever
Oct 28, 2018

I can see why it was so popular. Green started it all.

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amena_12
Apr 09, 2019

"Pain demands to be felt"

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night_shadow_8
Mar 24, 2019

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep. A little than all at once." - Hazel Grace

krystinathealien Dec 27, 2016

"Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book."

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genius_girl
Sep 28, 2016

"Okay?"
"Okay."

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“I wanted to know that he would be okay if I died. I wanted to not be a grenade, to not be a malevolent force in the lives of people I loved.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“I've gotten really hot since you went blind.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“Come over here so I can examine your face with my hands and see deeper into your soul than a sighted person ever could.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“But I will say this: When the scientists of the future show up at my house with robot eyes and they tell me to try them on, I will tell the scientists to screw off, because I do not want to see a world without him.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“Look, let me just say it: He was hot. A nonhot boy stares at you relentlessly and it is, at best, awkward and, at worst, a form of assault. But a hot boy . . . well.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“The weird thing about houses is that they almost always look like nothing is happening inside of them, even though they contain most of our lives. I wondered if that was sort of the point of architecture.”

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navy_wildfowl_2 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Oct 09, 2018

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cateatcatworld
Mar 17, 2018

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yellow_bee_208
Dec 29, 2017

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Jul 07, 2017

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Lily_Anne
May 12, 2017

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

Hazel Grace tries to live be a normal teenager...despite her diagnosis with thyroid cancer. When she meets Augustus Waters at a support group for cancer, they quickly fall into a whirlwind romance.

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Superduperstar99
Jul 15, 2016

Hazel Lancaster, a 16-year-old cancer patient, meets and falls in love with Gus Waters, a similarly teen from her cancer support group. Hazel feels that Gus really understands her. They both share the same acerbic wit and a love of books, especially Grace's touchstone, "An Imperial Affliction" by Peter Van Houten. When Gus scores an invitation to meet the author, he and Hazel work on the adventure of their brief lives.

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YH123
Jul 09, 2016

Hazel Grace Lancaster is a teenager girl who was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer when she was young, her life is depressing and sad and she experiences things that not every teen experiences. That all changes when a new kid she meets named Augustus Waters. He changes her life. Follow Hazel on her journey battling cancer.

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PurBar
Jun 11, 2016

Hazel has come to the end of her life while she is still alive. In this story she embraces her suffering and death despite the fact that dying of cancer slowly and with reliance on a drug treatment that kills her as it saves her. May we all learn from our friends and family and fate with as much trust, hope and honest anger as the characters in this wonderful novel.

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xzhang17
Aug 21, 2015

The Fault in Our Stars provides a look into the life of Hazel Grace Lancaster who suffers from thyroid cancer that has spread into her lungs. Throughout the book, she is accompanied by her oxygen tank, which is necessary to help her breathe. Her outlook on life completely changes when she meets hottie Augustus Waters at a cancer support group. A series of plot twists will keep the reader guessing throughout the duration of the novel. And yes, I cried during the ending.

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ayesharazzaq
Aug 07, 2015

The 2 lovers fight cancer together

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Dmwma_nom
Jul 23, 2015

An amazing story of two dying kids who fell in love.

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blobinshlober
Jul 08, 2015

This book is about a young girl named Hazel and her journey through a first romance. Ends in tragedy....

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Goodtimepoet
Jul 02, 2015

This book is about a Girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster, her mom put her in a support group and she met Augustus Waters.

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Leeann2004
Jun 30, 2015

16 year old, Hazel Grace Lancaster, has cancer. She meets Augustus Waters and fell in love with him. Though tragedy came.

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abbyruth
Feb 25, 2018

Sexual Content: Yea.......gross

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PurBar
Jun 11, 2016

Sexual Content: opens with discussion of how an adult deals (or doesn't) with having lost both testicles to testicular cancer. A touch on the cheek is charged with sexual energy. How will Hazel kiss if she can hardly breathe? She sets boundaries on her and Gus's sexual interractions. He understands, respects and accepts them. Sex in this relationship is as honest, healthy and appreciative as it as it can be.

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katiescollon
Jun 23, 2015

Sexual Content: Lots of kissing and one s** scene, not suitable for everyone

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Leena_Dahmani
Jun 22, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Intense when some characters get critically sick.

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Leena_Dahmani
Jun 22, 2015

Other: Sad, might rip your heart out and stomp it on the dirt ground. But still worth the read, it's a beautiful story.

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Leena_Dahmani
Jun 22, 2015

Sexual Content: One sex scene, not too intensely detailed.

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Leena_Dahmani
Jun 22, 2015

Coarse Language: Nothing too vulgar, some f-bombs here and there.

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juliainsq
Sep 21, 2014

Other: Talks about cancer unrealistically.

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22950008513780
Jul 04, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: talks about cancer and death

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22950008513780
Jul 04, 2014

Sexual Content: some teen sex and sexual jokes

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