The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

eBook - 2012
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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] : Penguin Group US, 2012.
ISBN: 9781101569184
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 electronic text
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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kisanet18 Aug 04, 2016

This is probably one of the best and most real love stories I’ve ever read in my entire life. I will never EVER forget this book!


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CopperJoy
Jun 16, 2019

It was an amazing story just amazing!! I want to read it Over and over again.. but I know people are waiting to read it as well, i will say i was not however prepared for how sad and vulnerable "The fault in our stars" was.. I knew it was sad! but i did not know it was that sad, But the character's (Hazel grace) and (Augustus waters) we're so well thought out.. I want to be both of there friends xP And now I am going to watch the movie Not sure if i'm prepared for how the book is so alike the movie ..in how emotional is was!! anywho I love the book even though it was sad.. but i learned something from it ^_^

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lendmeyourears2017
Jun 02, 2019

“You know it’s kid stuff, but I always thought my obituary would be in all the newspapers, that I’d have a story worth telling…"

- Augustus "Gus” Waters

This is a frank sharing of young adult/teens dealing with their cancer. The inspiration for this story are the experiences of two teens who met at a cancer support group. The characters fight back literally and figuratively. They use ironic actions and statements as well as sarcasm toward their circumstances as a way to deal with cancer. This story is not depressing or a downer but it does have serious, poignant moments.

The reader, Kate Rudd, has great range in her performance making it clear for the listener to track the characters. She brings added feeling to this story.

This is a well told story of first love while dealing with a serious subject. It also has thought provoking insights…

“Cancer is not a bad guy. It just wants to be alive."

- Hazel

"For the first time in years, I was the healthiest person in the room.”

- Hazel

…which along with the character’s tongue in cheek comments makes this a memorable tale, one you will want to come back to again.

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LoriHelianthus
May 29, 2019

With all due honesty, I can't imagine how this book got so many good ratings.

I did a review of the book here: https://aminoapps.com/c/bookworms895/page/blog/book-review-the-fault-in-our-stars-by-john-green/6N8r_mXSzuP6eZj0J2ERNlo4WZ3jaLZJ7x

Before the review, I thought I'd rate it 4 stars because it was readable. But as I was doing the review I picked up MORE than just a few criticisms I thought I had. They're not in love. This girl loves his face so much, as the reader, I don't love his face.

Swearing put in irrelevant moments because she's a teen, duh. Really annoying book with 5 pages dedicated to scramble eggs and many more waste pages. 2 disabled teens go to foreign speaking country alone and drink champagne.

Would not recommend this book, too immature; the plot, the characters, everything around them.
Also there is not pg scene for children so if don't let your kid read this

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.

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LoriHelianthus
May 29, 2019

"I really really really liked him"
---hazel grace

"One of the less bullshitty conventions of the cancer kid genre is the Last Good Day convention"
---Hazel Grace

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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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LoriHelianthus
May 29, 2019

LoriHelianthus thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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navy_wildfowl_2
Nov 07, 2018

navy_wildfowl_2 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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smileydy
Oct 09, 2018

smileydy thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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cateatcatworld
Mar 17, 2018

cateatcatworld thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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yellow_bee_208
Dec 29, 2017

yellow_bee_208 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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maryam3370
Dec 17, 2017

maryam3370 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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blue_dolphin_10143
Aug 19, 2017

blue_dolphin_10143 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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anisamusic
Aug 02, 2017

anisamusic thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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cutelion918
Jul 07, 2017

cutelion918 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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blue_pig_1144
Jun 28, 2017

blue_pig_1144 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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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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