The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

89%

41 Critic Reviews

Green seamlessly bridges the gap between the present and the existential, and readers will need more than one box of tissues to make it through Hazel and Gus’ poignant journey.
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Now a Major Motion Picture
TODAY Book Club pick
TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012

"The greatest romance story of this decade." —Entertainment Weekly

-Millions of copies sold-
 
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
#1 USA Today Bestseller
#1 International Bestseller
#1 Indie 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.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
 

About John Green

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John Green attended a boarding school not unlike Alaska’s Culver Creek. After graduating from college in 2000, he worked as a chaplain at a children’s hospital. John’s experiences with patients and their families during intense crises solidified his desire to write for teens about the challenge of confronting loss. John works for Booklist and is also a commentator for National Public Radio’s national afternoon newsmagazine, “All Things Considered,” and Chicago’s NPR affiliate, WBEZ. “Nick,” about John’s experiences as a chaplain, appeared on “Driveway Moments” a “best-of” two-CD set, which NPR released in August 2004. John was recently featured in the Tribune’s RedEye edition and on television as one of Chicago’s “Fabulous 20somethings.” He lives in New York City.
 
Published January 10, 2012 by Speak. 332 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Jan 10 2012

Green seamlessly bridges the gap between the present and the existential, and readers will need more than one box of tissues to make it through Hazel and Gus’ poignant journey.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by SilenceImReading on Oct 21 2015

Overall I think this is a great book for people of all ages, and I think it deserves all the credit that it is given.

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Guardian

Good
on May 17 2015

It is a sad book and it may make some tearful (I admit I did cry) but it is also a book of joy and appreciation of life. You will not regret picking up this book...

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by dalmenyp67 on Feb 05 2015

I would rate this book 4 out of 5 because it is truly a good book but also it is one of the saddest books I've ever read. It made me laugh it made me cry and I think that anyone 10+ would thoroughly enjoy this book.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by scouting for books on Aug 31 2014

...great portrayal of love and hurt. This book still did not fail to surprise me with its great writing with all of the praise it has got and therefore I now see John Green is an bewildering author.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by nellie999 on Aug 28 2014

If you are ready for a book that will make you laugh and cry, this is definitely the book for you. Filled with humour, heart-break, joy and tragedy, The Fault in Our Stars is definitely one of the best books that I have read.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Milo on Aug 05 2014

I would recommend that everyone reads this book. It is beautiful, enthralling, funny and just fantastic. It shows how a short life can still be an infinity, even if it is a lesser one.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Awesome-Charlie on Jul 13 2014

The ending to this book made me cry and still brings tears to my eyes as I read it for the fifth time. As I've said, once you start reading this book you will never be able to put it down, it will change your life forever.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Lemonadegirl on Jul 12 2014

Even though I disliked the subject of the book, I would recommend it to anybody who is sensible enough to realize that cancer and illness is not a fashion.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Lifeissweetinbooks on Jun 15 2014

I do recommend this book as it did change my views on things. But before you read it, grab a box a tissues and be prepared.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by CaraErica on Jun 10 2014

Green wisely writes: "You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world... but you do have some say in who hurts you." Truly this is an epic love story that highlights not the fault in ourselves, but the fault in our stars.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Snowswick on May 22 2014

Told boldly and intelligently through the insightful eyes of Hazel herself, this teenage fictional story will make you cry, make you laugh, and surely warm your heart.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Laura137 on May 06 2014

The love story in TFIOS isn't rushed in anyway despite the characters knowing they only have a limited time to spend their time together; it grows and matures very realistically...

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by ABitCrazy on Apr 03 2014

I had a great connection with all the characters, and that was a really good feeling. I don't think there is a single character that I didn't feel attached to...I've rated it 5 stars because it was so easy to relate to...

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by tashtastic12 on Mar 16 2014

Expect to feel a range of emotions throughout reading this book - I certainly did. It was one of those books that is so hard to describe. I just highly recommend reading this book. It is a beautiful piece of literature.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by dewdrop on Mar 04 2014

To draw my review to a close: although nothing is perfect, if you imagine perfection, this is the closest thing to that, more than anything else. Even if it kills you to pick up this book I think you owe it to perfection just to have a quick peek.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by book-lovergirl on Feb 14 2014

The Fault in Our Stars was incredible because of Hazel's detailed descriptions of life with cancer and the impressive range of vocabulary but the book was also devastating, heart-rendering and beautiful.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Butterfly Rainbow on Feb 14 2014

This absorbing novel...shows award-winning writer, John Green, at his un-rivalled best. The Fault in Our Stars is a stunning achievement. It is tailor made for the movie that is already being shot. I would rate this book a 10/10! It ought to be at the top of your reading list.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by SmallButMighty on Feb 07 2014

Wow… just wow! This book is too much. It is based on and narrated by 16 year old Hazel Grace Lancaster. Just your average teenager, who happens to have lung cancer, no biggie.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by molliebookworm on Dec 01 2013

If you enjoy young adult books, full of witty humour and heartbreaking events, this book is perfect for you. Expect to laugh, cry and smile throughout this masterpiece by the amazing John Green. I highly recommend this book.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Readr on Jun 06 2013

The book bursts with humour and is full of tragedy. But it never goes as far as to make it seem ridiculous in the grim fate of the protagonists. It's an intelligent, romantic and very thought-provoking story.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Becca.E on Jun 04 2013

This is by far my favourite book for various reasons. I was instantly grabbed by this book the minute I picked it up and I just couldn't stop. The characters were so meaningful and captured me instantly. I normally don't read depressing books but this book is different. It is amazing.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Tasha on Jun 01 2013

Like a lot of John Green's books, this has the theme of the value of youth and life running throughout it. Despite the fact that in its essence it is a love story, it is more than that...it is definitely my favourite book and is great if you are a teenager that is not afraid to cry.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Lydia on Apr 20 2013

If you live on the first page, or the last, you are not getting anywhere. It's what is in the middle that counts, the beating heart of the story and the beating hearts of Hazel and Augustus.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by mariakozhuhar on Mar 13 2013

It's a very emotional novel about sincere love and devotion. What's striking about the plot is the fact that at the very beginning of the book there are presented tragic things which should make you cry...I recommend this book to every single person on earth and definitely to those who love reading, I'm sure they will find it amazing!

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Guardian

Excellent
on Jun 01 2012

Moving and magnificent full of love, hope and tragedy!

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Guardian

Good
on May 04 2012

The Fault In Our Stars is an insightful and moving novel that will leave you with a lump in your throat, but with a more optimistic understanding of life.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jan 16 2012

This is his best work yet.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Leslie Wright on Aug 10 2014

While a difficult book to categorize I found it to be one of the most important finds of the last few years. Green shines a light on cancer in a way that sends a tremor of intent awareness, an incandescent monument to those that have both won and lost the fight, as well as the damage done to those closest.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Rachel Syme on Jan 17 2012

Green's novel is elegantly plotted, and as sad in places as one might expec...But it's also brimming with joy.

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Examiner

Above average
on Feb 26 2012

If you enjoy John Green’s work and want something that is interesting and only slightly different, you’ll probably like this one.

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AV Club

Good
on Feb 08 2012

Remarkably, Stars might be Green’s best novel yet.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
on Jan 04 2012

Their ensuing love story is as real as it is doomed, and the gut-busting laughs that come early in the novel make the luminous final pages all the more heartbreaking.

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USA Today

Good
on Jan 19 2012

Pitch-perfect, elegiac comedy about star-crossed lovers who meet at a support group in Indianapolis for kids with cancer.

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Huffington Post

Excellent
on May 23 2012

The amount of thought and planning that Green put into writing this book is evident as you read, which made “The Fault in Our Stars” even more enjoyable for me.

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Common Sense Media

Above average
on Mar 24 2014

This is a mature and powerful story: Hazel not only provides teens with insight about what it is like to know you are dying -- and to lose someone you love -- but her story is also about deciding to love and be loved, even when you know it will cause pain.

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About.com Bestsellers

Good

It is suspenseful and thoughtful, simple but moving.

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Patheos

Excellent
Reviewed by Ethan Bartlett on Mar 12 2012

In a society whose answer to mortality is often to ignore it, or to try to reverse it, Green has written an honest, searing, searching novel which forces its readers to ask two of the most important questions: What happens after death? And what should we do in the meantime?

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Kings River Life

Excellent
on Jun 30 2012

It will change the way you feel about life, death, love, family, and reading in general.

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Time Magazine

Excellent
on Dec 04 2012

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.

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Guys Lit Wire

Excellent
on Feb 14 2012

The writing is gorgeous - luminous. Numinous, even.

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