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The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Winner of the 2013 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production 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 sto...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780142424179
ISBN-10: 014242417X
Publication Date: 4/8/2014
Pages: 352
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  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 193 ratings
Publisher: Speak
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
Holy smokes this book is sad. Really, really sad. I knew it was about kids with cancer so I was expecting it but it still blew me away. The story is beautifully written, the language used is impressive and wonderful. The characters are all very real and I felt deeply for them.
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Helpful Score: 1
I've both read the book and watched the movie. I love it. Some of the dialogs are a bit too witty/profound for me to believe they're from a pair of 16-17 years old (in the same way you'll find many dialogs in movies unreal). But I understand they're that way for a reason: so that the writer can provide his views (via the characters) and so that it can amuse us and hold our attention. (Believe me, if you write exactly like how two cancer kids talk, your readers will slam your book to death instead of praising you "oh it sounds so real").

Now back to my love for this book. I don't find it excessively (holy-smokily) depressing, nor is it necessarily a tear-inducing novel (either because I'm a guy, or because I'm weaned on much more bleak/sentimental writing from the world of non-English-speaking literature). It's indeed sad though, and real, and funny, and heart-tugging, and melancholic, and it gives you that moment to sit back and think about your life, your own mortality and what it means to exist on this earth at all. That part, the part of the existential questions and opinions, is what I like most about the book, although the average readers don't seem to give it any thought at all. I know the opinions (either purportedly from Gus, from Hazel or from that fictional Van Houten character) are all from the author (although he may just restate belief he first got off someone else), but that doesn't mean they're not intriguing or interesting or profound. Do you really exist to leave your "scar" to the world? To live an imprint to the ones you love? Is there a Something after you're gone? If you're among the 99% of people who leave no "scar" worth mentioning, does that mean you've lived in vain?

I guess I'm veering off into a direction hardly anyone else wants to go in, but if you ever have an inkling for that sort of thoughts, read it and feel it and think it for yourself. Or maybe just read and enjoy a really good piece of literature.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was my first John Green book and, prior to this book, I had no other experience with "cancer kids" in literature. I expected the story to be really sad but...it really wasn't. I generally appreciate snarkiness and Veronica Mars-like intelligence and quick wit in teenagers and I got a lot of that dialogue so that was welcome. I guess what was missing for me was a deeper connection to the characters. Maybe all that snarkiness kept me at arm's length and, although I was moved at some level by the struggles each kid faced, I wasn't emotionally invested so...no tears for me.
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reviewed The Fault in Our Stars on + 12 more book reviews
Couldn't finish it. Even with the enjoyable film, with the raves I'd read online, the opinions of others - the female voice just didn't ring true to me so I couldn't continue past 6 chapters. For the record, I enjoyed John Green's An Abundance of Katherines and Looking for Alaska.
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Maybe my expectation was just too great, given all the 'hype' this book has received recently, but I was not as impressed as so many others seem to be. The characters seems a little contrived and the dialog was really weird a lot of the time. Now I confess, I don't spend a whole lot of time around teenagers these days, so maybe they really do talk to each other like they do in this book. If so, I'm rather impressed with the intellectual level hinted at, but the expression of that intelligence is obscure and downright dumb. Consequently, my involvement with each character was rather shallow, and although it was hinted that I would need a box of tissues to finish the book, I didn't have much trouble holding on to my tears. I just didn't connect. But the writing was mostly good and I'd be willing to give this author another shot.
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This book will touch your heart! The theme,(teens/kids with cancer)can be a little depressing and too deep for younger kids. There is some colorful language throughout the book, including one use of the F word. While there is one sex scene, it is brief and not too descriptive. There is also the death of a significant character, a concept some kids might be uncomfortable with. On the other hand, this book teaches that love comes in all shapes and sizes and raises awareness for kids with cancer. Overall, I recommend this book to teens and tweens.


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