Published by Penguin Young Readers Group on 3 May 2012
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Social Themes, Grief, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
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The beloved, #1 global bestseller by John Green, author of The Anthropocene Reviewed and Turtles All the Way Down
“John Green is one of the best writers alive.” –E. Lockhart, #1 bestselling author of We Were Liars
“The greatest romance story of this decade.″ –Entertainment Weekly
#1 New York Times Bestseller • #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller • #1 USA Today Bestseller • #1 International Bestseller
Despite the tumor-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.
From John Green, #1 bestselling author of The Anthropocene Reviewed and Turtles All the Way Down, The Fault in Our Stars is insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw. It brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
The Fault in our Stars is wrenching as it is lyrical. A perfect story, with a perfect cast. It will draw readers in and shatter their hearts.
This was my first read of The Fault in our Stars it didn’t fail to have me in floods of tears. How is it that this book is so utterly perfect? It captivated my heart and soul and I fell endlessly in love with Augustus and Hazel.
I failed to read this book until now because I felt that I wasn’t the intended demographic, but I shouldn’t have feared. Grief and pain is a universal emotion and this story brought it all out. All.of.it.
Hazel has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer; her story is a sad but beautiful one. She doesn’t put herself out there too much, she doesn’t want the impact of her inevitable death to destroy the lives of those around her. Her father doesn’t stop crying and her mother is ultimately worried about the time when she’ll no longer be a mother.
She attends a support group for those who are either a survivor of cancer or in active disease. She meets Augustus Waters – a seventeen-year-old boy in remission from disease of the bones. The meeting will change the course of her story – she no longer wants to be the quiet girl slowly dying. She wants to experience everything she can, as quickly as she can. They share their loves together – Hazel shares her passion for the book, An Imperial Affliction. To see a fire be lit in Augustus’ fire at experiencing the book for the first time was glorious.
Their mutual love brings them to Amsterdam where they plan to meet with the author of AIA. The meeting doesn’t go to plan. There’s a saying that goes ‘never meet your heroes.’ The author is arrogant, cruel, and less than welcoming. Oh, did I also mention that he is a raving alcoholic. Gus wanted to make all her dreams come true, but dreams rarely come true – life is unfortunately often unfair. They drink champagne, eat luxurious food, and talk about their young lives.
Gus drops a bombshell, and it shatters Hazel’s life. It shatters it more than her own dwindling mortality has. Be prepared to have your heart ripped out. Emotions are a fragile thing, and The Fault in our Stars proves that.
A book that left me reeling.
A book that blew me away.
A book that made my stomach ache and churn with longing.
A book that made me feel physically sick.
A book that made me feel everything.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Green is the New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars, Turtles All the Way Down, and The Anthropocene Reviewed. He is one half of the vlogbrothers on YouTube and co-creator of educational series Crash Course.