The Fault in Our Stars (Hardback)
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DescriptionDiagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now. Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means) Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly, to her interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.
- Published: 10 January 2012
- Format: Hardback
- ISBN 13: 9780525478812 ISBN 10: 0525478817
- Sales rank: 160
Reviews for The Fault in Our Stars
two 5-star reviews
Chrissy's 5-star review
Did I enjoy this book: This is one of those books that I have been wanting to read for quite some time. I am so glad that I took the time to read it. It was unexpected.
I heard a lot of great things about this book, and I was worried that I wouldn’t like it or that it wouldn’t live up to the hype. This book was as good as everyone had said. It lived up to the hype.
Okay, let’s get into the book. I thought The Fault In Our Stars was very real, gritty. I couldn’t imagine being that age and facing my own mortality. The kids–Hazel, Augustus, Isaac–they didn’t sugarcoat anything. They were real, bitter, upset, trying to fight. I enjoyed that. It made me connect because it seemed more true. I rooted for them throughout the book. It wasn’t rooting for a longer life, although that was part of it. I was rooting that they got the chance to live life.
As I was reading, I did something that I hardly ever–more like never–do, I skipped ahead. I read parts and found out what was going to happen. Not because I didn’t know what was going to happen, but because I wanted to be prepared for it. Not that you can ever truly be prepared for death and dying. I just needed to know ahead of time. Seriously, I don’t do that. When the final Harry Potter book was released, I avoided the news, internet, people, etc. until I read it. I like to be surprised by books. I like to find out the story as it unfolds. With The Fault In Our Stars, I couldn’t wait. I had to know.
This book isn’t all sad all the time. It is romantic; it is sweet. There were a lot of wonderful laugh out loud moments. This surprised me, but didn’t. I would think that when you are going through something like this, you would need to find something humorous. Something to make you laugh. I loved Hazel’s friend Kaitlyn’s line about Thin Mints. That cracked me up. The egging was hysterical, especially when the mother came out of the house.
These are the words that sum up The Fault In Our Stars for me: real, funny, sad, thoughtful, sweet, romantic, angry, tragic. This is a book that I will probably read again.
Would I recommend it: Yes.
Belinda's 5-star review
Did I enjoy this book: Yes. Amazon recommended it to me based on my reading choices. It looked interesting so I bought it.
It’s kind of creepy how well Amazon knows my taste in books. The Fault In Our Stars is a beautiful and poignant story of teens battling cancer.
It’s the kind of book where the bad guys win in the struggle between teen vs. cancer. It’s a sad book but one worth reading. Green takes you on the journey with Hazel and Gus. Like all teens they’re trying to see where they belong in this world. Unfortunately, they also know that they won’t belong in this world for very long.
Fortunately for us, they made a strong impression for the short time we spend with them.
There’s a quote at the end of the novel that I love. Fearing he’s losing Hazel to illness, Gus said, “ . . . you don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.” It gives me goose bumps every time I read it. There’s nothing like youth and tragedy to make a novel sparkle. Well done, John Green.
Would I recommend it: Absolutely. by Chrissy
Originally published at http://thebooklifeforme.blogspot.co.uk/
Words cannot even begin to describe how this novel made me feel. Never has the written word imbibed such deep emotions within me. Indeed, never has a novel made me think so much. About the sanctity life, of my own morality, and on other notes, of how unjustifiably unfair life really is.
The Fault in Our Stars follows the prose of Hazel Grace Lancaster, the protagonist, who is suffering from late stage thyroid cancer, and has to walk around with an oxygen tank in order to breathe properly. She meets Augustus, sufferer of Osteosarcoma, who fears oblivion, and Isaac, who has eye cancer, at a support group for cancer sufferers. Aptly nicknamed the Literal Heart of Jesus. Augustus, we find out from the start, is highly intelligent and passionate and just a generally beautiful human being. He holds an unlit cigarette in his mouth as a symbol of defiance, a way of winning against the cancer. He says it's holding the cancer causing object in his mouth, without giving it the power to give him, by lighting it. (Please excuse my inadequate response of a beautiful, beautiful character). What makes Gus so loveable, so amazing is that he is human. he's brave and intelligent and beautiful, yes, but he's also scared, scared of Oblivion, as he tells Hazel Grace. As most stories go, they fall in love. But their love is so pure, so untainted.
Death surprisingly, was not the main objective of this book. As one would think when reading novels that deal so heavily with sickness and morality. The book centers around the romance between Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, a character to whom many have fallen in love with. John Greens flawless prose and philosophical speech help you to really get a feel for the characters, to fall in love with them, cry for them. I root for them, and just want them to get better, to fight the disease that slowly kills them. But John is pretty clear from the start, their fate is sealed from the first turn of the page.
Although this is aimed at teenagers/young adults. The strong writing and delicate prose, is ideal for an older audience too. Anyone can enjoy the beauty of Johns writing and fall in love with his characters. This is a piece of literary masterpiece that will stay with you forever. Whether you like it or not. So many times I cried, I laughed and I turned the pages feverishly, inspired to get to the last page. To find out the fates of his characters. And yet as the fate became grimmer, more darker, I was spurred to read on. I could say so many things, so many empty words. But they all pale into significance, along with that blinking cursor as I try to form an appropriate diatribe. Because, never, in such a long time have I cared so deeply for characters. or a book in my life. And this is one novel that I will carry with me forever. by Miranda Smith
omg just amazing!
originally published at www.youtube.com/bookswithclaire
Amazing book, didn't think I would like it so much!
I ended up really loving this book, although it was a bit sad and didn't see the end coming.
The book is about a girl called Hazel. She meets a very handsome boy called Augustus at a cancer support group. He immediatly falls for her and she quite likes him too. They both like reading and Hazel recommended him one. When he also liked it he Decides to give his genie wish to Hazel because she loves the book so much. The writer was a Dutch man and that's why they travel to Amsterdam. There they meet the writer and go visit museums and have dinner. they even like each other more and more. At the end of the trip Hazel sees something different on augustus. He is in pain. when she tells him she sees that he tells her his cancer got worse. they go home and there it becomes more worse. He dies about a month later. having left a letter to the Dutch writer for Hazel.
that is how the book ends. it was so sad and cried so much. most of all because i'm in the situation myself. I see someone having cancer and I'm not able to do something about it. It's getting worse and worse and it hurts to see someone have so much pain. Hazel and Augustus showed me how it feels and what you can do.
Thank you John Green for writing this book and thank you for being such a great author! by Marie-Claire
- Top review
This book is really amazing. I have to admit, I didn't like the first half of it (because I am not used to Green's style of writing), and I was reluctant to finish it. When I did finish it, however, I was happily surprised by how lovely the book really was. It was beautifully and intelligently written, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a good read. by Meagan
Love and courage
I loved this book, addicted instantly and throughout even though it also brought me to tears. Very moving. by Sarah Chandley
Amazing, Sad, True Work of Art
I can honestly say The Fault in our Stars has become my all time favorite book! I've never cried, or laughed (out loud as in) while reading a book and this masterpiece changed that. There were hilarious times and there were times were I had to stop reading so as to wipe the flooding tears from my eyes just so I could continue without my blurry vision. No book has ever left such mark on me like this book has. I saw John's personality a lot while reading (I watch his youtube videos). I'd recommend this book to anyone and I can't wait to re-read and re-purchase it in hard cover because I am sure that if I don't, my paper back will die from all tear marks and the re-reading. Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns here I come! (with tissues at the ready this time :P) by Christina Beach
Sad Beautiful Tragic
I was overseas on holidays when this book came out. Rather than going site seeing I spent the day reading this book. I have no regrets with this decision. This book is heartbreakingly beautiful. Its like being show a master piece of art than watching it be torn up and thrown in your face. by Serena
This is both a sad and a happy book. Is sad because from the first pages you can see that something bad is going to happen and there is nothing that can be done. But is also happy because it gives us the chance to meet two great characters. In spite of their problems, Gus and Hazel create something beautiful and unique.
John green shows us in this awesome book that a person is more then it looks like, we shouldn't be define by our problems or by our achievements, we should be defined by who we are outside them, in the real world.
A suburb book that anyone should read to get to know what true love, altruism and life is all about. by Rita Rego
A perfect heartbreaking book. You really need to buy and read it.
I have had this book for many months. But because I'm a coward I didn't read it until now. I was still afraid, though. With good reason. This book is heartbreaking. It's so sad. But only very near the ending. And it's so damn good that you cannot not love it. The Fault in Our Stars is a book about love. And it's perfect. It's also a book about cancer and living with it. Which is all kinds of awful. But it's also a happy book with lots of young love and happiness and it's all just so good and I never wanted it to end. But it did. So heartbreakingly good and gut wrenching.
This is the story of Hazel. A sixteen year old girl with cancer. I won't try to explain her sickness, because I would most likely suck at it. But know that it is awful, so awful. But it's also so perfect and so well written and I loved it a lot. It sort of gave life to the character, even if the cancer is slowly killing her. It's so interesting to read about. She has to have this oxygen tank on at all times, and while that sort of disturbed me a bit, I also loved it. It's unique, and it just made me love her a lot more.
There is a lot of pain in my heart from reading this book. A lot of pain. First there is pain for Hazel. She seems so sad all the time. And I totally get that. But she's also pretty happy, and I loved that. But she does everything for her parents, and that was sad. But I understand it so well. I actually loved her parents. They love her so much. And it's just so awful for them as well. Her dad is crying all the time. But he's also so caring and kind and I just adored him. Same with her mom. They were awesome.
This is also a book about Augustus. Hazel meets him at this cancer kid support group. He's deadly handsome. And just so amazing. Most likely my favorite character. It's just impossible not to love him. He's perfect. Gorgeous, kind, funny. Everything you want in a boy. He's also a great friend, perfect boyfriend. Another I loved in this book was Isaac, he's best friend. He's adorable. He also gets his heart broken. It was awful. But also so amazing. He was just really fun to read about. And I enjoyed that a lot.
There is a lot of sick kids in this book. But it isn't all about sickness. But those sick people we do get to know.. it's, well, heartbreaking. I don't have another word for it. There is just so much pain. But it's so good and I couldn't get enough of it all. I loved reading about Isaac's cancer. And Hazel's. And mostly Augustus's. It was just so bad. But so perfect. And I have no words for how good this book was. I'm doing my best to describe it, but I'm pretty sure I'm failing. I need a sequel to this book. Truly.
The plot in this book is amazing. Hazel is such an amazing girl. She loves this book that she's read so many times. She gets Gus to read it, and he falls in love with it as well. And I loved that so much. It was adorable. She has tried so many times to get in contact with the author of that book. And it's kind of amazing. There is even a trip to Amsterdam. Best trip ever. But also most sad one. I hated that author. Really hated him. But it was so good to read about. And it was done so well and I loved it lots.
The romance in this book is so great. It's sweet and amazing and just so perfect. I loved it so much. First there isn't much, I mean, there is flirting from the beginning which was awesome. But Hazel is trying to keep Gus from being hurt if she dies. But she gets over that. And then everything gets so much better. And it's all so good. And the romance is so sweet and I just wanted more and more. But we also got so much, and I will always cherish it. Swooning a bit right now, just thinking about it.
I'm not sure what else to say about this plot. It's so good. So much amazing things happens. So much heartbreak and painful and awful things. And it is all so good. And I just loved every part of this book. I know I will re-read The Fault in Our Stars so many times. It is a book that must be read and loved a whole bunch of times. You need to read it. Seriously. This is not a book to be missed. While it is full of heartbreak, it is also so good and happy and sweet and it all makes so much sense at the end. Well, okay, I still hated that thing at the end. But it's so good that you can't really dislike it too much.
There is this tiny thing that I will spoil. I will not spoil how this book ends. What it ends with. How it happens. But I will say that something happens. And ah. It's awful. But anyway. I kind of new it before starting this book, so I'm hoping that you do too. I was sure there would be a death in this book. And there is. And it's awful. But it also surprised me a whole lot. And it was even worse than I had thought. And it's so unfair. But it also beyond perfect and I just can't decide how to feel about it. I want a sequel to this book. I really do. But there should not be one. I just need to know what happens to this one character. I also want deleted scenes. Many of those. Pretty please. by Carina Olsen
It is amusing but somehow sad, I started reading it and couldn't stop by Monica Xu