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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars (original 2012; edition 2012)

by John Green

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Title:The Fault in Our Stars
Authors:John Green
Info:Dutton Juvenile (2012), Hardcover, 336 pages
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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (2012)

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One of the very few books that left a Mark on my Heart. I can read and re-read the book all day without ever getting bored.
The story is very Heart-Touching and the characters are Amazing. Some characters seemed somewhat familiar, perhaps because i know some people who are more alive than others and who always want good for others.
Hazel Grace, knowing what she is and trying to minimize the after-effects of her death, this is so brave, even for a fiction character. And then there is Mr. Augustus, i would really want to have persons like him as Friends. BEST CHARACTERS one can ever have in a perfect story; BEST PARENTS, BEST FRIENDS, BEST STRANGERS,....
All i can say is that this is the best Romantic Novel i have ever read. It felt more like "A Walk to Remember" by Nicholas Sparks.
Thank you John Green for such a wonderful journey. God Bless U. ( )
  SahilQaiser | Jul 12, 2014 |
This book is different from the books I have read. It is one of a kind in which you will laugh, cry and smile. However, it will leave you heart broken but happy. ( )
  hersheymai | Jul 11, 2014 |
This book is one of my favorites. I read it more than once, and there are dozens of highlighted lines in my copy. John Green's writing style is interesting to me. I am able to relate to the things he says and the way he says them. I would definitely recommend this book! ( )
  nfoto | Jul 9, 2014 |
I read this in 2 Days.
That is a feat of nature, considering it takes me a week to read a regular 200 page book.
This book is just unexplainably AWESOME.
This author is just unexplainably AWESOME. ( )
  brickhouse7 | Jul 8, 2014 |
The four stars says it all--I really, really liked it. It was very humorous, even though one of the main themes is death (this is not a spoiler--it's in the blurb on the jacket!) The characters are very likeable, and I really enjoyed his writing style. He examines death in all its forms, from the glorification of the heroic death in battle down to the pathos of the demeaning aspects of death as it inexorably drains every drop of dignity and self-reliance from its victim as it advances. Even with a such a sober subject, his approach is quirky. I will continue to read John Green's novels--Paper Towns is next on the list!

P.S. I just finished reading the reviews on Amazon, and want to address a couple of things. Some people complained that the relationship is too contrived, too Bella Swan-esque--I saw, therefore I loved--which is a valid criticism. The relationship does happen immediately and inexplicably. I agree also with the character buy-in. While I like the characters, I don't feel any personal connection to them. At the **spoiler alert** tragic event and at the end of the book, I feel no desire to weep--but even though I guess this means they never become real for me, I still like them. As for the pretentious dialogue--I have met a very few teenagers who would be capable of this type of speech, but they are rare birds. I am an unabashed fan of witty dialogue that incorporates words that are seldom heard in everyday speech--I say Go John Green! If you know the word and use it correctly, why shouldn't you say it? If you use a four syllable word instead of a two syllable word because the four syllable one popped into your head first and it works, that doesn't make you pretentious. Consciously searching for a four syllable instead of a two syllable does, but then what does the reverse make you? Why should you have to stop and mentally search for the two syllable when you already have the four syllable? So, no, I didn't find the dialogue pretentious! ( )
  darcy36 | Jul 8, 2014 |
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Allison Hunter Hill (VOYA, April 2012 (Vol. 35, No. 1))
Hazel Grace is a sixteen-year-old cancer patient, caught up in the effort it takes to live in a body that everyone knows is running out of time. When she reluctantly agrees to return to her local teen cancer support group to satisfy her mother, the last thing she expects is an encounter with destiny. New to the group, Augustus Waters is handsome, bitingly sarcastic, and in remission. He is also immediately taken with Hazel, and what begins as a casual friendship soon escalates into a full romance. Through an impressive exchange of books and words, philosophies and metaphors, Hazel and Augustus tear apart what it means to be both star-crossed lovers and imminently mortal. While Hazel fixates about how her death will eventually hurt her loved ones, Augustus obsesses about how he will be remembered; the two are drawn together by the justified anxiety they feel over endings. grades 10 to Ages 15 to 18.

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As the tide washed in, the Dutch Tulip Man faced the ocean:
"Conjoiner rejoinder poisoner concealer revelator. Look at it,
rising up and rising down, taking everything with it."

"What's that?" I asked.

"Water," the Dutchman said. "Well, and time."

-PETER VAN HOUTEN, An Imperial Affliction
To Esther Earl
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My mother thought I was depressed. Possibly because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, slept a lot, ate infrequently and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.
My favorite book, by a wide margin, was An Imperial Affliction, but I didn't like to tell people about it. Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can't tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.

It wasn't even that the book was so good or anything; it was just that the author, Peter Van Houten, seemed to understand me in weird and impossible ways. An Imperial Affliction was my book, in the way my body was my body and my thoughts were my thoughts.
There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. Got knows that's what everyone else does.
You are buying into the cross-stitched sentiments of your parents' throw pillows. You're arguing that the fragile, rare thing is beautiful simply because it is fragile and rare. But that's a lie, and you know it.
What am I at war with? My cancer. And what is my cancer? My cancer is me. The tumors are made of me. They're made of me as surely as my brain and my heart are made of me. It is a civil war, Hazel Grace, with a predetermined winner.
There is no honor in dying of.
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, January 2012: In The Fault in Our Stars, John Green has created a soulful novel that tackles big subjects--life, death, love--with the perfect blend of levity and heart-swelling emotion. Hazel is sixteen, with terminal cancer, when she meets Augustus at her kids-with-cancer support group. The two are kindred spirits, sharing an irreverent sense of humor and immense charm, and watching them fall in love even as they face universal questions of the human condition--How will I be remembered? Does my life, and will my death, have meaning?--has a raw honesty that is deeply moving. --Seira Wilson
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Cancer teens in love --

You might want to have a box

of tissues on hand.

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Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

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