The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

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Diagnosed 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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 324 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 33.02mm | 490g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0525478817
  • 9780525478812
  • 4,907

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TIME Magazine's #1 Fiction Book of 2012
""The Fault in Our Stars "is a love story, one of the...
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"Damn near genius . . . The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it's also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness." --Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine

"This is a book that breaks your heart--not by wearing it down, but by making it bigger until it bursts."
--The Atlantic

"A story about two incandescent kids who will live a long time in the minds of the readers who come to know them."

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

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

"Because we all need to feel first love again. . . . Sixteen-year-old Hazel faces terminal cancer with humor and pluck. But it isn't until she meets Augustus in a support group that she understands how to love or live fully.", a Best Book selection and one of "5 Books Every Woman Needs to Read Before Her Next Birthday"

"[Green's] voice is so compulsively readable that it defies categorization. You will be thankful for the little infinity you spend inside this book."

"Hilarious and heartbreaking . . . reminds you that sometimes when life feels like it's ending, it's actually just beginning."
--Parenting magazine

"John Green deftly mixes the profound and the quotidian in this tough, touching valentine to the human spirit."
--The Washington Post

"[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

"In its every aspect, this novel is a triumph."
--Booklist, starred review

"You know, even as you begin the tale of their young romance, that the end will be 100 kinds of awful, not so much a vale as a brutal canyon of tears. . . . Green's story of lovers who aren't so much star-crossed as star-cursed leans on literature's most durable assets: finely wrought language, beautifully drawn characters and a distinctive voice."
--Frank Bruni, The New York Times

"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, bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper and Sing You Home

"John Green is one of the best writers alive."
--E. Lockhart, National Book Award Finalist and Printz Honor-winning author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and We Were Liars
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About John Green

John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. John was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers (, one of the most popular online video projects in the world. You can join the millions who follow John on Twitter (@realjohngreen) and tumblr ( or visit him online at

John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Rating details

4,353,692 ratings
4.16 out of 5 stars
5 48% (2,096,074)
4 29% (1,277,940)
3 16% (677,392)
2 5% (198,795)
1 2% (103,491)

Our customer 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: more
by Chrissy
Originally published at 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 more
by Miranda Smith
originally published at 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!show more
by Marie-Claire
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 more
by Meagan
I loved this book, addicted instantly and throughout even though it also brought me to tears. Very more
by Sarah Chandley
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)show more
by Christina Beach
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