Hazel and Augustus are two teenagers who meet at a cancer support group. For Hazel, suffering with thyroid cancer which has metastasised to her lungs, it is her first foray into a relationship. Augustus, who has previously had a girlfriend, falls for Hazel on sight. Hazel introduces Augustus to her favourite book, written by a reclusive author who now lives in Holland, and they decide to go and visit him to find out what happens to the characters in the book after it ended. The story charts their relationship against this background and the added complications that their situations bring. I wasn’t sure that I was going to like Hazel (from whose viewpoint the story is told), she comes across as the archetypal surly teenager to begin with, but she matures as time progresses, just like any other young person, cancer sufferer or otherwise. In her case the maturing process is accelerated by the challenges she faces. Sometimes Augustus and Hazel come across as just a little bit too wise and mature for their ages, but other than that it’s pretty hard to find a fault in either of these stars character-wise. Despite the subject matter the author has managed to inject appropriate humour into the book, and it is not a difficult read. I’m not surprised it has been made into a movie, I hope the film does it justice. Yes, four and a half stars.
This book was on my wish list for a long time before I finally got around to reading it. I would periodically return to the reviews to see if I really wanted to read it, or not, and was always put off. Finally, desperate to read something 'different', I bought this book. It helped, too, that it was one of the shorter book me my wish list, so if it sucked, I wouldn't have to suffer through it for very long. As it turns out, this book is now on my 'WOW!' list.
I had picked up enough of the story line from reading the reviews and was a bit nervous about a book described as not being a cancer book, but a book abut death. I have a shelf of Irwin Yalom books I have been putting off reading for years as I'm not sure I'm ready to tackle them just yet. This story was, however, beautiful and majestic.
On a lighter note, don't be put off by the reviews saying teenagers in real life don't talk like they do in this book. I know plenty of angst-ridden teenagers who would talk and write like this if only they thought to do so. The language is eloquent and appropriate.
Short story about infinity. Not the single word that would describe the book or the story, but after reading, it does make you wonder some infinity are more than other infinity. Story that teaches us that nothing is impossible (well almost nothing), and most commonly time is just a excuse that people make to avoid doing things. Here on the other hand Gus and Hazel have little time, yet they accomplish many things.
Also learned a funny yet true fact about holding a cigarette but not lighting it :-)
The Fault in Our Stars was a great book. Despite the author suggesting this story is fictitious, one would expect it is close to reality. The topic of two young people dying from cancer is one of societies unspoken conversations. Within the story John Green provides humour, tears and an insight into the repercussions of cancer to relatives and friends to the victims. It also describes a collection of people who are thrust together by a common thread of pain and suffering that few would want. Someone dying of cancer is disturbing and sad but when the victim is a child the level of grief must be amplified. Despite that, John Green has been successful at making The Fault in Our Stars a memorable book.
Having watched the movie and recently read 'Looking for Alaska' I decided it was about time I gave this novel a go. Needless to say, it was amazing and I had it done and dusted within a day. The Fault in our Stars is a thought- provoking exploration of love and pain. Having experienced an immediate family member slowly declining and then passing away from cancer, I found the novel a realistic portrayal of the emotions of those who are facing a terminal illness as well as that of their loved ones. I also recently visited Amsterdam and thought that Hazel's descriptions of this magical place were amazing, there could not have been a better setting for Hazel and Gus' love to blossom. Basically, read this novel, you will not regret it. I burst into tears at 'I just wanted to buy a pack of cigarettes' and then managed to remain crying for the last fifth of the book. The world and our existence is one confusing concept, but despite the inevitable heartbreak and pain, love is worth spending your existence on. Read this novel!
A beautiful, poignant, compelling romance set in the middle of death and dying. It's gentle, humorous, touching and explores what it means to live and die and make the most of the circumstances we are "dealt". It's a thoughtful, provocative bitter-sweet story paradoxically full of life. It's a short book well-paced and doesn't waste words. I really enjoyed it.
As someone with a penchant for brutal honesty I found this book and it’s loveable characters highly enjoyable. A clever, heartfelt, lifelike and memorable story in which the characters are not upstaged by Cancer but shine brighter and stronger than it.
This book was recommended to me by my 12 year old grandaughter and I was very pleased to hear that she was reading so I read the book myself and I thoroughly enjoyed the book as sad as it was .The story line puts into prospective the very precious life we have and the way a young person who has so much life to live can lose it in a minute and pass with the dignity that not many of us would display and look for answers right up to the end and still find love right up to the end.I am looking forward now to seeing the movie and hoping that it catches the ultimate underlying storyline as well in picture as it was in print.
The thing I really loved about this book is the dialogue and interaction between Hazel and Augustus --- their characters are believable, lovable and you felt the pain and turmoils in their journey. A great love story alas heartbreaking but worth every page and it's the kind of book that you will want to read again and again. Much recommended.