I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.
Despite the tumour-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.
Praise for The Fault in Our Stars:
Sunday Times (Culture)
'A touching, often fiercely funny novel'
The Sun on Sunday (Fabulous Magazine)
'So good I think it should be compulsory reading for everyone!'
'John Green brilliantly captures the voices of a young generation while instilling it with the wisdom of a life that has lived too much yet will never live enough'
The Metro - 2013 Best Fiction
'The love affair of two terminally ill teenagers could be mawkish. In fact, it's funny, clever, irreverent and life-affirming.'
'As funny as it is heartbreaking... we defy you not to fall in love with its main characters, Hazel and Augustus.'
'A humourous and poignant love story... It's terrifically funny... as well as a moving exploration of loss and grief. And no, it's so much not just for teenage cancer sufferers... it's for everyone.'
'If you need inspiration when it comes to making the most of a moment, this one is for you'
'Insightful, bold, irreverent and raw, if this doesn't make you cry, it'll definitely make you think, laugh and maybe even fall in love yourself!'
If there's a knock on John Green (and it's more of a light tap considering he's been recognized twice by the Printz committee) it's that he keeps writing the same book: nerdy guy in unrequited love with impossibly gorgeous girl, add road trip. His fourth novel departs from that successful formula to even greater success: this is his best work yet. Narrator Hazel Grace Lancaster, 16, is (miraculously) alive thanks to an experimental drug that is keeping her thyroid cancer in check. In an effort to get her to have a life (she withdrew from school at 13), her parents insist she attend a support group at a local church, which Hazel characterizes in an older-than-her-years voice as a "rotating cast of characters in various states of tumor-driven unwellness." Despite Hazel's reluctant presence, it's at the support group that she meets Augustus Waters, a former basketball player who has lost a leg to cancer. The connection is instant, and a (doomed) romance blossoms. There is a road trip Augustus, whose greatest fear is not of death but that his life won't amount to anything, uses his "Genie Foundation" wish to take Hazel to Amsterdam to meet the author of her favorite book. Come to think of it, Augustus is pretty damn hot. So maybe there's not a new formula at work so much as a gender swap. But this iteration is smart, witty, profoundly sad, and full of questions worth asking, even those like "Why me?" that have no answer. Ages 14 up.
This is the first John Green book I have ever read and I am proud to say I became a nerd fighter about a month before this book came out. I got one chapter in and fell in love with it. I'll admit, I was slightly worried at first because I have read quite a few 'cancer books' before and I was afraid that this would fall in cliché, but he manages to pull it so far from cliché that you can no longer even think about cliché. It is now and forever will be, one of my favourite books of all time and I will visit back for a re-read whenever I find myself 'between books' as it were.
I was addicted to reading this book!
This was the kind of book that I would never normally read. I saw it in a book shop in Washington and I liked the cover of it. I decided to get it on my phone and once I started it I could not put it down. It only took me 3 hours to read it and it was the best book I have ever read I don't that I will ever read a book better than that! It is my favourite book and I will never forget it! It has taught me a lot about life and death and it has completely changed the way that I think about dying. I will never again be afraid about dying because I know that where there is death there is life and that is what I will stand by for the rest of my life, thanks to John Green. He is an amazing writer and I will never forget the story of this book and somehow it seems to have some kind of moral that I know is there but it is too complicated for me to understand. I recommend it to everyone there ever is and was!
The best book ever written in the English language. It is written beautifully with a vast amount of vocabulary that makes your mind wander.