The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Hazel has thyroid cancer currently controlled by an experimental drug. Augustus is in remission. A cancer support group meeting marks the beginning of their relationship that begins as friendship but proceeds to star-crossed lovers with an unexpected ending. 

Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars. Dutton Books, 2012. 313 pages. Hardcover. $17.99, ISBN 978-0-525-47881-2

Hazel is a sixteen year-old girl with thyroid cancer and Mets in her lungs. She takes an experimental drug called Phalanxifor that keeps the tumors from getting bigger – for now. She rolls an oxygen tank with her everywhere she goes to help her breathe.

Augustus Waters is seventeen years old. He lost a leg to osteosarcoma. He has been cancer free for fourteen months.

Hazel meets Augustus at a support group meeting that he attends with another cancer victim, Isaac. Isaac is losing his sight to cancer.

Hazel Grace, as Augustus likes to call her, and Augustus start spending time together and talking and texting. Hazel introduces him to her favorite book, An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten. In this novel, the protagonist is dying of a rare blood cancer. The story ends mid sentence. Hazel is desperate to know what happens to all the characters in the book and Augustus is determined to help her get the author to tell them.

The Fault in Our Stars is a story of courage, and friendship, and love. The characters are smart. They use words like “hamartia”. They arrange prefunerals.

According to Aly P. age 15, “… this is one complaint that readers have about John Green, that his teens are depicted as too intelligent.”  This is what Aly loves about his books.

Read about these star-crossed lovers, you will laugh and cry with them as the story twists and unfolds.

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TIME Magazine #1 Fiction Book of 2012

#1 New York Times bestseller

#1 Wall Street Journal fiction list

#1 Children’s Indiebound Pick

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“The Fault in Our Stars is actually my favorite realistic story of all time. I usually don’t like realistic fiction because usually they’re written by grown-ups who are disconnected from the world of teenagers, so the entire world comes out feeling cheap and fake, like they’re making fun of our lives. There are exceptions – John Green’s novels being most of them.”

Rebecca S. Age 15


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