The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

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  1. Dante C. Says:

    Summary:
    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green tells a story about a stereotypical teen named Hazel Grace who is always bored by everything and enjoys quoting philosophers, but then she gets to know Augustus, who is extremely attractive. It sounds normal but they actually met at a support group for children diagnosed with cancer. It is kind of a love story. Although Hazel and Augustus get the feeling of not wanting to be without one another, their friendship and relationship is real complicated because they both do have cancer. In that day in age, doctors could slow the growth of tumors, but not eliminate them completely. People with cancer back then, like Augustus and Hazel, had no idea how much longer they had to live as a result of medical progress. The novel is really about coming to reality and knowing that you’re going to die. All of the characters in the novel deal with this differently. The support groups for kids are always encouraging and trying to get children to tap into their inner strength and have some spirit. The kids’ parents attempt to see the blessings in each situation and not worry about death. Kids like Augustus want to be remembered in some way by everyone. And the there are children like Hazel that just want to slide by life, doing their own thing and not worrying about death. Each tactic is okay. But no strategy is easy.

    Evaluation:
    Everybody who has ever tried to find the meaning of life, specifically, who has realized how crazy life actually is, should definitely read this beautiful story of the hardships of the human spirit to make the world remember something about you. You need some guts to read this novel. The book has a constant sense of sadness and hurt. But there is actually more humor, happiness and love. If you want to read a book that will hurt you, read this.

  2. Megan W. Says:

    Summary: Living life with Terminal Lung Cancer is not something Hazel enjoys. She also hates having to go to Support group to talk about her feelings. But one day at Support Group Hazel meets a gorgeous boy named Augustus. She feared falling in love with him, but true love can’t be stopped when it comes to Hazel and Augustus. They connect through a book and they insist that they go to Amsterdam and meet the author. The reader gets to see all of the adventures that Hazel and Augustus go through.

    Evaluation: I really loved this book. John Green makes you feel every emotion throughout the story. There was never a dull moment in this book. The characters were easy to fall in love with and I can’t wait to read this book again! I would recommend this book to everyone along with every other John Green book. John Green does a great job at writing books about true love.

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Recommendations: Looking For Alaska by John Green, The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry

  3. Gabi G. Says:

    Summary:
    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a novel about a girl named Hazel who has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Despite the surprising healing effects of the new drug that her doctors have her on, Hazel remains prepared to die and as a result of her imminent death she shuts herself away from the outside world. That is until one day while at support group for cancer kids she meets one Augustus Waters who turns her world around. Augustus is charming, witty, one-legged, and extremely attractive, immediately getting Hazel’s attention. This meeting leads to a whirlwind romance that neither Augustus nor Hazel would ever have expected. Both fighting for survival against illness, Augustus and Hazel know that they’ll be together until the end. The unspoken question between them however is how soon the end will be.

    Evaluation:
    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a novel full of beautifully tragic twists and turns that take you through a roller coaster of emotion as you read. From the very first word read, the reader is hooked and unable to set this incredible work of art down even for a moment. The tragic circumstances in which the main characters are brought together are absolutely heartbreaking, leaving the reader without a dry eye, and with a racing mind full of emotion. This novel leaves the reader wanting more, and more, and more, wanting answers to questions that will forever be in the back of their minds, wanting closure that they will never get, and wanting to know what happens next. The Fault in Our Stars paints a detailed picture in the reader’s mind full of color and depth. The full impact of this book on the reader’s mind is impossible to describe as readers themselves cannot explain it or fully understand it. The Fault in Our Stars is leaving a mark in the minds of all readers, a mark that will scar, but will never fully disappear.

    Rating: 5 Stars

    Recommendations:
    The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
    The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Picoult

  4. Leah V. Says:

    Summary
    John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars is Hazel and Augustus Waters’ love story. Hazel has cancer and is terminal, except a special medication bought her a few more years. Even so, her mom makes her go to a cancer kid’s support group. At the support group, Hazel meets Augustus Waters. Augustus had cancer, but seems to be free of it and is at the support group with his friend, Isaac. That is when Hazel and Augustus’ story begins. From there, they bond over Peter Van Houten’s book An Imperial Affliction, cancer and their witty personalities. There’s not much else to say without ruining the story, but that this is the story of Hazel and Augustus’ cancer-plagued relationship.

    Evaluation
    The Fault in Our Stars deserves 10 out of 10. John Green’s writing makes is so easy to read, but still really good. He writes exactly how teenagers talk, which makes his book hilarious and more relate-able. The story is intriguing from the first page, mostly because of how quickly Hazel’s voice comes through. Hazel is in an emotional situation, just from having cancer, but the book is written so it’s not too serious all the time. Both Hazel and Augustus are extremely witty, also making it much more fun to read. All of the characters, from Hazel to her mom and Lidewij Vliegenthart, are developed so well, that you feel like you get to know them personally throughout the story. All of the characters are great, too; all of them are people that I would love to know in real life. Another thing that makes the book so good is the profound things Hazel and Augustus figure out from having cancer and watching people die. Although there are many great quotes throughout the book, one of the best is about how everyone wants to leave their mark, but the marks often end up being scars. All in all, this love story is filled with amazing life lessons and unique twists and it’s a very worth-while read.

    Other recommendations: Looking for Alaska, by John Green, Paper Towns, by John Green, An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green , The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

  5. Maria J. A. Says:

    Summary: Thinking that she is a grenade bound to explode and hurt those who love her, cancer patient Hazel stays in her room reading her favorite book An Imperial Affliction. Little does she know the book that keeps her trapped will set her free. When she meets Augustus Waters they get tied up in finding the end of An Imperial Affliction, and in it she also finds a relationship that was probably worth more than an untold ending.

    Evaluation: John Green is the master of moments. He uses various techniques to try to play with the readers’ emotions while still staying on track with the plot. The salty humor and quirky characters in this book keep it from being your average sad story about a cancer patient. It is safe to say that this book will make you cry and then laugh seconds later, because that is the magic of John Green. His style is so real that it’s like the characters are alive and that’s why what happens to them affects you so much as to drive you to tears. Other than being real, this book is also relatable, and that’s why I think it’s so popular. No matter what kind of person you’re like, The Fault in Our Stars is for you.

    Rating: 4.5/ 5

    Recommendations: The Absolutely True Diary of A Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Looking For Alaska by John Green

  6. Anna M. Says:

    Summary: Hazel Grace Lancaster branded by cancer and in love with her favorite book, An Imperial Infliction, tries to stay as far away from human contact as possible. When her parents decide she needs more social interaction, they send her to a teen cancer support group. At first, Hazel rejects the whole idea, until she meets the handsome and in-remission Augustus Waters. They become close friends and confide in each other the meaning of life and death and everything in between. When Augustus and Hazel are brought together on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, they begin to question everything they have ever had.

    Evaluation: The Fault in Our Stars is now my favorite book. It is an extremely sad, yet compelling novel. John Green does an excellent job of helping the reader understand Hazel’s fears and frustrations. None of the relationships in the story are left too underwhelming or cliché, which is probably why I loved the story so much. I was left surprised and shaken at some parts and the further I got into the story, the more I cried. However it’s an amazing book and I don’t think anything else can compare.

    Rating: 5 stars

  7. Shea W. Says:

    Summary: The Fault in Our Stars is a novel about one teenage girl’s, Hazel’s, battle with lung cancer. In a support group that she has been in, a new boy named Augustus joins the group. They are able to connect to each other and from this sparks a friendship that keeps them both hoping for a recovery from the cancer. Eventually, Augustus uses his one wish from the Make A Wish Foundation to take Hazel to Amsterdam to meet an author that they have both admired. Throughout the book they both face many struggles including cancer relapses and other struggles that come with being terminally ill.

    Evaluation: Green thoroughly describes the challenges that both the characters face dealing with the cancer. It is a very capturing book about a love that two struggling teenagers have created for each other, and how they each work in different ways to keep each other strong. Green writes a very compelling book in a humorous voice, which makes it very enjoyable to read. The topic on which he writes is one of the deeper ones that people are sometimes reluctant to read about, but the way Green portrays it makes the reader feel comfortable and not overwhelmed. It is a very well written book with very likeable characters.

    Rating: 4.5 stars

    Recommendations: Night Road by Kristin Hannah, Looking for Alaska by John Green, Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

  8. Sammie W. Says:

    Summary: The Fault in Our Stars takes readers on an emotional roller coaster as they read a story of love, pain, family, adventure, friendship, and the ever going battle for health from the eyes of a cancer victim. Hazel Grace was struck with lung cancer at a young age and valiantly fought her own body for her health ever since that day. As the story goes on, the reader experiences a wide spectrum of emotions as Hazel’s life progresses: Going through the motions of stress-inducing doctor appointments and treatment; The almost silently tense and heartbreaking atmosphere between Hazel and her parents as they accept that each day can be their last together; A different sense of family in Hazel’s new found friendships with teenage cancer victims like herself; Her budding but doomed love for a cancer ridden boy, and the feelings that are provoked with the realization that their days together are very numbered; and, on top of all this, having to deal with the unavoidable pain of cancer.

    Reflection: This is definitely one of my all-time favorite books. The story made it almost impossible to take breaks from reading, and there were no empty characters-everyone involved in Hazel’s story had a purpose that contributed to the unforgettable plot. There is something in this book of everyone, whether you are thirteen or forty-three years old. Growing up is already hard as it is, and Hazel Grace has to go through it along with the struggles that come with cancer. The Fault in Our Stars takes the reader on the same journey Hazel does with John Green’s vivid writing style. With every page, the unavoidable fact that Hazel is dying adds even more plot to the already thick story line.

    Recommendations: Looking for Alaska, Thirteen Reasons Why, The House of Tomorrow

    Rating: 5/5 Stars

  9. Gabe N. Says:

    Summary: The Fault in Our Stars is a book about cancer. A girl named Hazel, who has lung cancer, is the protagonist. Her cancer makes it really hard to live, and she has to live with that. During a seminar, she mees a guy who had cancer, and he transforms her view of life.

    Commentary: I really liked this book. John Green is a wonderful writer, and all of his skills are shown in this book. It’s very well written, both the big picture and each individual sentence. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a new book.

    Rating: 5/5

    Recommendations: Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns

  10. Mallory L. Says:

    The Fault in our Stars is a story about the doomed romance of cancer-ridden Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters. When Hazel attends another average cancer support group meeting, an intriguing new boy is there with a friend. There is an immediate attraction between the two, and they end up tumbling into love. This book is funny, sad, witty, and lovely. If you read it, be ready to cry!

    I thought this book was great overall. The story is sweet and cute, however I didn’t find it very deep, but maybe I was just missing something. Sometimes I thought the dialogue was a little over the top in wittiness a lot of the time. But hey, maybe I’m just not a very witty person. The main characters were likeable and funny, and the author definitely did a great job of making them connectable. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a refreshing and easy read that’s terrific in many ways! :)

    Rating: 4/5 stars.

    Other books you might not hate:
    An Abundance of Katherines (also by John Green)
    I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
    The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson

  11. Tess P. Says:

    Summary:
    Nothing can last forever. If there’s one thing in the world that Hazel Grace Lancaster knows, it’s that her diagnosis of terminal cancer has cut her ‘forever’ short. So when Hazel meets the gorgeous Augustus Waters at a cancer support group, she learns there are things worth fighting for. Their shared love of “An Imperial Affliction” pushes the two teens to find out the events that occur after ‘the end.’ But as both of their cancers begin to stir again, Hazel realizes her time is running out. The emotional pain of loving the terminally ill leads Hazel and Augustus on an adventure to try to find their happy ending.

    Reflection:
    This book made me laugh, cry and everything in between. In “The Fault in Our Stars,” John Green exposes the tragedy that occurs worldwide, everyday. His writing really impacted me, as I can relate to the situation in more ways than one. In many ways, “The Fault in Our Stars” has been the most impactful of all his books to me personally, and I thoroughly enjoyed every part of it.

    Rating: 5 Stars

    Recommendations:
    The Hunger Games Trilogy. By Suzanne Collins
    Looking for Alaska. By John Green
    The Book Thief. By Markus Zusak

  12. bachbooks Says:

    Summary: When Hazel Lancaster meets Augustus Waters at a cancer support group for teens, she finds him attractive but fears the inevitable emotional pain of loving with cancer. She introduces him to her favorite book, and they struggle together to learn what happens after the book ends. Will Hazel risk adding more pain to the world by embracing a doomed relationship?

    Evaluation: John Green’s tender combination of bright wit, dark humor, and sorrow in The Fault in Our Stars makes this book a roller coaster ride for his readers; it’s a ride well worth taking. As an English teacher (and avid reader), I loved the various literary references and allusions throughout the book. I find it refreshing to read a “young adult” novel rife with high-level vocabulary and mature emotional content. Green clearly respects the intelligence of both his characters and his readers, and in return he earns their love.

    Rating: 4.5 stars

    Recommendations:
    Looking for Alaska,
    Paper Towns,
    An Abundance of Katherines,
    The Catcher in the Rye

  13. Anna C. Says:

    Summary: Hazel Grace Lancaster has cancer.
    In a futile attempt to help her attitude, (for she is depressed; a side effect of dying) Hazel’s parents insist on her attendance at a Cancer Support Group for dying 12-18 year olds. She’d much rather stay in bed and reread her favorite book, An Imperial Affliction, by Peter Van Houten. It perfectly describes her cancer-ridden life.
    One painful day in Support Group, Hazel’s nearly-blind friend Isaac arrives with his gorgeous best friend, Augustus Waters. Augustus lost his leg to cancer, but keeps a bright perspective. He invites Hazel Grace (his name for this almost stranger) to watch a movie with him. They trade favorite books, and as Hazel Grace reads a video game novel, Augustus is immersed in the world of AIA [An Imperial Affliction]. Because of their shared love for the book, Augustus decides to use his Wish (like from the Make-A-Wish Foundation) for the two of them to fly to Amsterdam to meet the author. However once there, they realize how shockingly different Peter Van Houten is from their expectations and suddenly the book is shaken out of focus, just as the cancer suddenly restirrs their lives and all is put into jeopardy.

    Evaluation: Love.
    Lovelovelovelovelove.
    That’s all I feel for this book. Honestly, it’s been years since I’ve read a book this difficult to put down. It was realistic, but not depressingly so. Not many authors can write that intriguingly. As for flaws, nothing comes to mind; except the supreme sadness with which TFiOS is laced. It’s such a good book(:

    Rating: 5 STARS.

    Recommendations: Paper Towns by John Green
    Going Underground by Susan Vaught
    Daniel X by James Patterson

    OH AND P.S.: if you love John Green, check this out: http://www.youtube.com/vlogbrothers

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