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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.
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.
Read Andrew Cattanach's Review:
Try as I might to find irredeemable faults in The Fault in Our Stars, I can't. Perhaps the one drawback is that the characters are too vibrant and too intelligent and too extraordinary. Seriously, if that is the only negative about a book, you know you're onto a winner.
Much has been made of the plot since the movie hit our screens (teens with cancer falling in love), and while acknowledging all the classic cliches of Teen/YA Fiction, author John Green steers clear of them with punchy dialogue and fresh thoughts on the human condition, highlighting some of the inexplicable stigmas that still exist in society.
If you've ever cried while reading a book, guaranteed you'll cry during this one. For all of its brilliantly sharp wit, The Fault in Our Stars is a incredibly sad book. Great books can do that, make us cry and laugh effortlessly. To live within the story, and allow the characters to get inside you. Books like this only come around every so often, and are not to be missed. After all, sometimes having 'so many feels' thrust upon you isn't such a bad thing.
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I am 72 years old and was asked to read this book by the facilitator of a writing group to which I belong.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is an emotionally harrowing tale; so much so that I limited myself to reading a single chapter each morning and afternoon. The teenage girl first met, Hazel, suffers from a terminal cancer that she glumly accepts will end her life in the near future. Then she meets Augustus, a teenager whose illness isn't as recognisable (he has a false leg but, unlike Hazel, doesn't tote an oxygen tank everywhere he goes) and who has a more positive outlook on what remains of his life. They swap favourite books and Augustus uses Hazel's tome as a tool to get closer to her. Hazel has read the book several times and is upset that the author ended the story in mid-sentence. She is obsessed with what happened to those characters in the book who did not die on the last page.
The girl, who had previously believed it was wrong for people with limited life-spans to love another, gives her self permission to fall for Augustus. After a while, the couple, cautiously in love, travel to Amsterdam to meet the book's author and hopefully ascertain what became of family and pet of the deceased main character.
The Fault in Our Stars progresses but doesn't become less harrowing; there being innumerable medical and emotional crises on the journey. John Green writes as would a puppet master, pulling on the reader's emotional strings. The book is well written and is (comparatively) short and to the point. I acknowledge that The Fault in Our Stars is a very popular book with young adults and that it has been made into a film (if by Hollywood, I shudder to think what they have done to the story). However, I do not recommend the novel to anyone but the morbid or irrationally cheerful.
The style of writing is foreign to me but I recognise it as another example of how writers, like television and film directors, see it as an almost effortless way to make relatively easy money by cheap theatrical manipulation.
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I would read this book again
"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.
"An electric portrait of young people who learn to live life with one foot in the grave. Filled with staccato bursts of humor and tragedy, 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.
For Ages: 14+ years old
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st June 2013
Publisher: Penguin Australia