The Fault in Our Stars

"The Fault in our Stars" reviewed by Avery B. on June 19, 2015

Title: 
The Fault in our Stars
Author: 
John Green
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book
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The Fault in our Stars is an amazing book because you kind of just feel what cancer is like. The two main characters are Hazel and Augustus. Hazel has lung cancer, and Augustus used to have cancer in his leg, so they had to chop it off. Augustus's leg is not really what the story is about, and there is a lot more to it. This story is amazing, as well as very sad. I love this book very much, and I think you should read it, too.
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"The Fault in Our Stars" reviewed by Maris Fish on July 9, 2014

Title: 
The Fault in Our Stars
Author: 
John Green
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book
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It's hard to give a good review for this book because you don't even know where to begin with this brilliant love story. This is a touching, fun, and hopeful story about a 16 year old girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster. Hazel has a thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs and makes it so she has to walk around with an oxygen tank and also makes life kind of hard to live. Her life is pretty mellow until she meets the love of her life Augustus Waters in a support group for cancer-stricken teens. Then begins the tearful and magnificent story of Augustus and Hazel and their journey and battles with cancer. Not only did John Green create a masterpiece thriving with rhythm, he also created a truth that some may not realize. By reading this book you will get the chance to indulge in the life of another that may be a lot different than yours. I would honestly say that is one of the best books I've ever read and I hope everyone gets the chance to read it. I recommend this book for teens 13 and up who enjoy romance and realistic fiction. There is some maturity required for this book but do not let that steer you from reading it.
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The Fault in Our Stars

This young adult novel by the popular John Green fell into my arms at the YMCA. An exercise buddy suggested that I read it; she was turned on to it by her teenage son. The novel opens at a cancer support group in a church.  Because it's set in Indianapolis some of the landmarks will be familiar. A 16 year-old girl suffering from stage IV thyroid cancer is returning at the insistence of her Mom. "Go out and meet somebody" her mom suggested and without any hope that she will, Hazel does. 

Asked to speak about what she's thinking, Hazel describes how everyone on earth is going to die. It is the only end we can expect and that we have. Her speech is more philosophical and much more eloquent but totally lacking in hope. Afterwards, handsome Augustus who's on the mend from osteosarcoma - 80% chance of survival--tells her he likes what she said.  Not only that but she looks like Natalie Portman. Augustus and Hazel have a mutal friend, Isaac, who is about to lose an eye from another form of cancer.  

Hazel can't leave the house without her oxygen tank. Her prognosis is poor; it's not a matter of if but when. Her parents are extremely kind and protective. She overhead her mom say once that when Hazel dies, she will no longer be a mom.

If The Fault in Our Stars sounds depressing, amazingly it isn't. Green has created a sardonic, wise beyond her years, poetry-loving heroine with an edgy sense of humor. She finds a soul-mate in Augustus who has already lost one girlfriend to death. Hazel holds back. She doesn't want to die and be another "exploding torpedo" in his life.

Green seems to understand having a terminal disease from the inside. There's one incredible scene where Augustus demands that Isaac smash all of Gus's old basketball trophies. "Break another one", Gus screams.  Later, Augustus hands a now blind Isaac eggs from a pink carton, so Isaac can target his ex-girlfriend Monica's car. "More to the right.  Lower. Right on". Monica's offense: she did not call Isaac or even send a card after his eye operation.

Augustus wins Hazel Grace's heart.  When things take a dive for the worst, he reminds Hazel that "The world is not a wish-granting machine". Despite this mantra, he shares with her his lifetime wish from the Genie Foundation.  He takes her and her mother to Holland to meet the author of her favorite book, "An Invincible Affliction". The author turns out to be an alcoholic: irresponsible and needlessly cruel to both Hazel and Gus. He'd promised to tell her what happened to the characters after the book ended but instead he made fun of them for having cancer and mocked Hazel's need to discover the characters future. Characters don't have a future he told her. They only live between the covers of a book.

Even though the main characters are suffering, with one even dying, this book is optimistic. Hazel and Augustus love life and are open and primed for new experiences.  Together they learn that no moment should be hurried, not lived to its fullest. While treating death and illness seriously, this novel still brims with joy and humor.

For another look at a pair of teens who help each other through difficult times, try Nathalie Standiford's How to Say Good-bye in Robot.

"The Fault in Our Stars" reviewed by Alyssa Carpenter on July 5, 2014

Your Age: 
13
Book Title: 
The Fault in Our Stars
Author: 
John Green
Why did you decide to read this book? Did a friend suggest it? Did it have an interesting cover?: 
I decided to read this book because I had heard that John Green was an amazing author, and my fried was just finishing it. When she finished it, she gave it to me to read. I really enjoyed it.
What is the story about?/What happened in the story?: 
It's about a girl named Hazel who has cancer, and a boy named Augustus who had cancer that made him lose his leg. While Hazel will never fully recover, Augustus seemed that he was through with cancer, but it came back and he ends up dying.
Why did you like this story? or Why did you not like this story?: 
I liked this story because John Green didn't make it seem like just a story. He seemed to make it come to life. He showed the brutal truth about have cancer, and how it could affect your life.
Other thoughts or feelings about this story? Anything else to add?: 
This is an all around great book, I also recommend that if you read, and like The Fault In Our Stars that you read John Green's other books, too.
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Find this book in our Young Adult section, eBook versions are also available through Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.