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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (Jan. 10 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525478817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525478812
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR THE FAULT IN OUR STARS:
 
“Damn near genius . . . The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it’s also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness.” —Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine
 
“This is a book that breaks your heart—not by wearing it down, but by making it bigger until it bursts.”
The Atlantic
 
“A story about two incandescent kids who will live a long time in the minds of the readers who come to know them.”
—People
 
“Remarkable . . . A pitch-perfect, elegiac comedy.”
—USA Today
 
“A smarter, edgier Love Story for the Net Generation.”
—Family Circle
 
“Because we all need to feel first love again. . . . Sixteen-year-old Hazel faces terminal cancer with humor and pluck. But it isn’t until she meets Augustus in a support group that she understands how to love or live fully.”
—Oprah.com, a Best Book selection and one of “5 Books Every Woman Needs to Read Before Her Next Birthday”
 
“[Green’s] voice is so compulsively readable that it defies categorization. You will be thankful for the little infinity you spend inside this book.”
—NPR.org
 
“Hilarious and heartbreaking . . . reminds you that sometimes when life feels like it’s ending, it’s actually just beginning.”
—Parenting magazine
 
“John Green deftly mixes the profound and the quotidian in this tough, touching valentine to the human spirit.”
—The Washington Post
 
“[Green] shows us true love—two teenagers helping and accepting each other through the most humiliating physical and emotional ordeals—and it is far more romantic than any sunset on the beach.”
New York Times Book Review
 
“In its every aspect, this novel is a triumph.”
Booklist, starred review
 
 
“You know, even as you begin the tale of their young romance, that the end will be 100 kinds of awful, not so much a vale as a brutal canyon of tears. . . . Green’s story of lovers who aren’t so much star-crossed as star-cursed leans on literature’s most durable assets: finely wrought language, beautifully drawn characters and a distinctive voice.”
Frank Bruni, The New York Times
 
“A novel of life and death and the people caught in between, The Fault in Our Stars is John Green at his best. You laugh, you cry, and then you come back for more.”
Markus Zusak, bestselling and Printz Honor–winning author of The Book Thief
 
The Fault in Our Stars takes a spin on universal themes—Will I be loved? Will I be remembered? Will I leave a mark on this world?—by dramatically raising the stakes for the characters who are asking.”
Jodi Picoult, bestselling author of My Sister’s Keeper and Sing You Home
 
“John Green is one of the best writers alive.”
E. Lockhart, National Book Award Finalist and Printz Honor–winning author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and We Were Liars
 

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“An electric portrait of young people who learn to live life with one foot in the grave. Filled with staccato bursts of humor and tragedy, The Fault in Our Stars takes a spin on universal themes--Will I be loved? Will I be remembered? Will I leave a mark on this world?--by dramatically raising the stakes for the characters who are asking.”
--Jodi Picoult, author of My Sister’s Keeper and Sing You Home

"A novel of life and death and the people caught in between, The Fault in Our Stars is John Green at his best. You laugh, you cry, and then you come back for more." -- Markus Zusak, bestselling and Printz Honor­ winning author of The Book Thief

"John Green writes incredible, honest truths about the secret, weird hearts of human beings. He makes me laugh and gasp at the beauty of a sentence or the twist of a tale. He is one of the best writers alive and I am seething with envy of his talent." --E. Lockhart, National Book Award Finalist and Printz Honor­winning author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks and The Boyfriend List


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Holden on Jan. 22 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Although middle-aged, I have been a fan of John Green's work since my teenage daughter suggested I read Looking For Alaska. He injects an honesty and youthful vibrancy into his characters that should resonate with readers of any age. I don't think his books to be 'must-reads' but they are well-worth the time and effort.

However, Amazon is not so worthy as praise as it did not deliver a signed copy even though my daughter had me pre-order the book months ago. As well, it was delivered later than other suppliers, even though all indicators point to Mr. Green having signed more than enough copies. The fault, it seems, lies with Amazon.ca. I understand that problems arise, but Amazon should take ownership of their mistake and offer even a slight recompense to the customers they have wronged.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 24 2013
Format: Hardcover
** This review, as well as many more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm (www.thebakingbookworm.blogspot.ca) **

My Thoughts: This is a book that I noticed months ago while perusing the aisles at my local Chapters and it was put on my 'TBR (To Be Read) List' immediately. It's gotten a lot of hype (which may or may not be the kiss of death for a book). In this case the hype is warranted.

This was a touching read. Even though you know it's going to be a sad book (it deals with teenagers with cancer-ravaged bodies) and will, most likely, deal with death it doesn't detract from enjoying this book. You'd think that a book that focuses on a group of teens with cancer would be a huge tear fest from beginning to end but for the most part this book was funny and, in a strange way, uplifting and oh so very touching. Yes, it's a veritable roller coaster of emotions. But it works.

For me, what makes this book stand out are the characters. Not only are Hazel and Augustus well-rounded and completely engaging characters but the secondary characters, including Isaac and the sets of parents, are all complete and give believable voices to the book. It's these characters and their relationships with each other that truly shine in this book.

Let's get back to Hazel and Augustus. I loved Hazel from the first line of the book. Her dry wit,
sarcasm and humour. Loved her. Augustus held his own too and I adored their hilarious banter. He had some amazing lines in the book that I immediately wrote down because they were just 'that good'. Here's some of my favs ...

"Oh, I wouldn't mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a
privilege to have my heart broken by you.
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By Melissa on March 14 2015
Format: Paperback
I can really only say that this book was ok, I guess. Maybe it was because I am a 25 year old and not a teen, but I genuinely found this book to be highly overrated. It seemed to try overly hard to be rich and philosophical, but ended up as one gigantic slice of an angsty teenage romance of which cancer took a backseat to, it almost seemed disrespectful to REAL teenagers who are suffering from REAL cancer and face the REAL backseat of death. I really wanted to love this book, but in the end, I just couldn't and I was let down. I doubt I will ever read another John Green book again, but if I do, I will be wary and proceed in with lower expectations than I did with this book. So in closing, my thoughts on the book were as follows: no, nope, no, definitely not. I can say, however, that the only thing I liked about the script was the quote "Pain demands to be felt" because it is very true. Alas, sadly I must rank this book a measly two stars out of five regardless of what millions of fans think about this novel.

http://melissasbooksaroundtheworld.blogspot.ca/2015/03/the-fault-in-our-stars-united-states.html
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Format: Hardcover
I liked this book. To be honest, I did feel manipulated a bit, but I still think it's a good read and an important book.
The bad:
The characters are somewhat flat and not quite believable. They sort of seem to have only one side to them. The story is not always believable and oftentimes clichéd.
The good:
Subject. This is not a love story as many see it it(I saw many reviews saying that this book is very average as a love story, and I agree). The main character in this book is cancer. Families dealing with their kids' terminal illness. Kids dealing with what they can't overcome. This is very real and an everyday occurrence for some. If I saw this book as a love story, I would not give it more than 2 stars. But the topic, I believe, is very important - and the families under pressure are true to life. The parents who don't have any life outside of their child's cancer. Children outside of normal children's life activities. And author gets it right, I think. And yet there is light, and I would not call it a depressing read - it was very uplifting, actually. So, this makes it a 4 stars book for me. Plus, it is engaging and light hearted.
This is not a Great Literature (so it is not a 5 star), but I would definitely recommend it.
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Format: Hardcover
EDITED: now I know why I disliked this book so much. It romanticizes cancer, it makes it about a romantic relationship instead of the focus on her sickness. You don't know how cancer can affect a person until you've been put through it yourself.

I did a poll on my blog for the book that I should read next and this one was the winner. I have to admit I haven't been as excited to read this only because it was clearly a tear jerker. Any book that deals with realistic scenarios, I try to steer clear from. Only because It gets me so sad. I hadn't even heard of John Green until I started blogging and everyone was buying his book the day it released so here I was reading my first ever John Green book.

After fully investing my time in reading this one, I knew that August and Hazel were going to be the mature and responsible teens characters that everyone has been raving about. And you just know that it won't end well for one of them, and then they can't be together. See, that's the thing, I thought this book would be so incredibly moving and touching, and at certain points it was. When they're simply just being together and talking to one another, that's where the wonderful quotes are from.

But I also did have issues with it. I found their voice to be so incredibly mature and pretentious. These characters talked like adults. Their vocabulary is impeccable and impressive and I had to grab the good 'ole dictionary to find out what they were saying. I know this is a YA book but I know when I was a teen I wouldn't have grabbed a book like this (partially because there were none). I needed books that were addicting, that were almost fluffy and fun. This wouldn't have grabbed my attention at all, and kudos to the teens that love this. It just wasn't for me.
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