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The Fault in Our Stars (2012)

by John Green

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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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    Every Day by David Levithan (brnoze)
    brnoze: This is a wonderful story with a great premise. A young adult who wakes up as a different person every 24 hours. The author drops into the lives of many different characters and we get to learn through the eyes of the main character A. This is a love story. a coming of age story and a fantasy of a very different kind. I really enjoyed it.… (more)
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    Love Story by Erich Segal (cransell)
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    Paper Towns by John Green (StephReads, chwiggy)
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    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (Anonymous user)
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    Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (StefanieGeeks)
    StefanieGeeks: Both stories have witty teenagers who fall in love as they go through tough times together and contain excellent character development.
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    Before I Die by Jenny Downham (kaledrina)
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    Every You, Every Me by David Levithan (kaledrina)
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    Going Bovine by Libba Bray (fyrefly98)
    fyrefly98: Both are about teenagers with a terminal disease, but both books manage to be incredibly funny, even when they're making you cry.
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    This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl (TomWaitsTables)
    TomWaitsTables: Don't forget to be awesome.
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    Accidents of Nature by Harriet McBryde Johnson (SylviaC)
    SylviaC: Both books have the same dark humour, and contain strong messages about humanity and disability.
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    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews (chazzard)
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    Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (chwiggy)
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    Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic (kaledrina)
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    Love Ya Like a Sister: A Story of Friendship by Julie Johnston (Cecilturtle)
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    Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (LottaBerling)
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    Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green (sduff222)
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Still good. ( )
  iothemoon | Sep 27, 2023 |
Sounds like an amazing book.
Update: 7/10, this novel made me go through a rollercoaster of emotions, and I loved every single second of it. The characters weren't really that fleshed out, but they more than compensated for that with the dialogue, I swear, the cheesiness in this book is off the charts! The first half of the book is about Gus and Hazel falling in love instantly, and enjoying their time together, despite the fact that they have cancer, the love interest could have been more developed though. The latter half of the book is where the book ditched the romcom aspect and went full on emotional, I felt bad for Hazel when Gus died of his cancer, but at least he shared his final moments with Hazel together. Eventually Hazel moves on from Gus' death, and that was it, that was a bittersweet ending, but nevertheless, I liked that part as well. If you like romcoms with a touch of sadness, this is the book for you. ( )
  Law_Books600 | Sep 19, 2023 |
From what I can remember this was my first long book, truly pulled at my heartstrings in so many ways. Still to this day I cry whenever I hear Hazel read her eulogy to Gus. Forever will this book be better than the movie in my experience. ( )
  florrrrr12 | Aug 31, 2023 |
My 12 year old grand daughter recommended this to me, enthusiastically. VERY! So I had to read it.

As I read it, I kept thinking MY 12 year GD read this? Some adult language. Adult situations. What is this young girl doing reading this? What was her mother thinking? So it led me to come to realize most clearly that my young granddaughter has entered a new phase of life, and I've got some catching up to do!

I was not enthusiastic about reading a novel about two teens with cancer. But my GD's recommendation swayed me.

I grew to love the characters, their quick minds, their use of language, their groundedness.

I've made a list of questions to explore with GD when she returns from her summer trip. ( )
  jjbinkc | Aug 27, 2023 |
There was crying, I'm not going to lie to you. Full on red faced, snot running down crying. But I am really very glad I read this, it was quite beautiful. ( )
  beentsy | Aug 12, 2023 |
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added by melmore | editThe Guardian, Milo (Aug 5, 2014)
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.

added by kthomp25 | editVOYA, Allison Hunter Hill

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Rudd, KateNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed.
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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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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Cancer teens in love --

You might want to have a box

of tissues on hand.

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