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The Fault in Our Stars | [John Green]

The Fault in Our Stars

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 story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - It doesn’t matter that John Green’s target audience is teenagers – his characters are smart, honest, and funny no matter how old you are, and the universal themes captured in this book are, well, universal. Terminal cancer may not be the most uplifting of plotlines, but don’t let that stop you from listening to this wonderful story. Narrator Kate Rudd is most impressive in handling all of the male and female characters – young and old, American and Dutch alike – and is definitely a rising (no pun intended) star. — Diana D.

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Best Teens Category, 2013

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 story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

©2012 John Green (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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, best-selling author of My Sister’s Keeper and Sing You Home)

"It's a testament to John Green's writing and Kate Rudd's narration that, in a book about teenagers with cancer, there are still plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. Green's teens are precocious and clever, and Rudd sells it, delivering every 'or whatever' with perfect teenage inflection and fully inhabiting protagonist Hazel as she navigates the world with lungs ravaged by cancer. When Hazel has trouble breathing, we hear it in the way Rudd gasps and pants between words. It's a sad, funny, smart, beautiful book." (AudioFile)

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    Zoran CA, USA 04-13-14
    Zoran CA, USA 04-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The sooner you realize the less time you waste"

    We are all born to learn this or you never learn... but this book is so different from all the fairy tales you hear around. Raw essence of life when you have no time to waste. I could not read/listen to anything else for a week after this book I needed time to comprehend it. Spoilers are not my favorite kind of reviews so I do not want to spoil your experience but I encourage you to go trough this initiation and raising into something wonderful. Your life will never be the same after this book.

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    Bearwife 04-10-14
    Bearwife 04-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Remarkably good"
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    This is an intelligently written book. The issues it raises are as serious as death (pun intended) and Green treats them thoughtfully.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hazel, of course. She is truly a marvelous teen.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

    Hazel, again. This story is written from her viewpoint.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I smiled a lot, because the humor is well done, including the teenage snark, and despite my jaded, hard hearted ways, it brought me close to tears more than once.


    Any additional comments?

    This really is one of the best books I've read in quite awhile. It is grown up YA -- written for well read, thoughtful adolescents, but aimed at the fundamental questions which preoccupy every thinking adult, such as whether life has meaning, whether human beings really have any importance in the universe, what illness is, whether any of the popular stereotypes about illness have content, and, most of all, how to confront our own deaths and those of the people we love. In addition, the principal characters are funny, thoughtful, loving, and passionate, and I genuinely liked and cared about them. I am too hardhearted, I suppose, to cry as often as some readers understandably do, but I also found the book exceptionally touching and poignant. I'd add that this is a book worth "reading" in audio form as I did, because the audible.com narrator, Kate Rudd, is exceptional, and because the audio book includes a very interesting section of thanks/acknowledgments by Green, as well as a short interview of Green about the book.

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    sjvb 04-09-14
    sjvb 04-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Teen book for Adults too."
    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful, Raw, Honest


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fault in Our Stars?

    Hazels confrontation with her Mom towards the end, the realisation that they ALL knew what was happening. The raw honesty made me weep.


    What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved her blunt teen language. I loved her sarcasm and dry dark humour.


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    augus079 04-05-14
    augus079 04-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Every bit as unbelievable as every review says"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I read plenty of reviews and suggestions before choosing a book and am generally wary of the 5-stars, Oprah book club-esque type books but oh my god. As other reviews suggested, I actually did laugh out loud and then cry at other parts. There is a reason so many people have bought this book, print and audio. It is soul touching and it happens without you even noticing.


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    IttyBitty Metropolis 04-04-14
    IttyBitty Metropolis 04-04-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Worthwhile, experienced some feels."
    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    Kate Rudd did a fine job. Her attention to how the words should be read enhanced the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fault in Our Stars?

    The dinner scene in Amsterdam.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did.


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    K. Lang 04-04-14
    K. Lang 04-04-14

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    "Great story, good performance"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    This book has been a bestseller for months and not without reason. It is a very touching story, not just for young adults. While at times the story gets a bit out of hand (i.e. unrealistic), it manages to always find its way back and keeps the characters relatable, despite their unusual life.


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    Katrina S. Hannemann Minneapolis, MN USA 04-02-14
    Katrina S. Hannemann Minneapolis, MN USA 04-02-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Intelligent Writing"
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    The fast paced smart humor. Unrealistic for teenagers, but was really entertaining.


    What other book might you compare The Fault in Our Stars to and why?

    I'd compare it to the show Gilmore Girls


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to the book really made it amazing. The actress brings these characters to life with perfect timing and inflection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Titusville, Florida, United States 04-02-14
    Patricia Titusville, Florida, United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "unique mother-teen daughter listening experience"
    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    yes, because of the portal John Green allows us to enter to (re)live a rare teen experience - dying and knowing you are, all while living life day to day. Bouquets to Green for approaching this topic with honesty, integrity and vulnerability.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's really a love story. And listening to it with my 16 year old daughter who has cerebral palsy (a beautiful, straight A honors student who cannot walk or eat unaided and with a speech disorder) allowed me to reach into her soul in a way that was non-invasive... into her personal journey. It opened the doorway to even more love between us, through the affection we shared with these characters. It's hard for her to write, but I saved a note she scrawled which said: "I (heart) this book"


    Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but Rudd was awesome. Green did his research on females!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Title: "My Wish"
    Tag line: Where wishes come to life for those who believe in the power of love.


    Any additional comments?

    The characters are somewhat pretentious but many teens with challenges are wise beyond their life years. You'll be transported by a river of tears, but buoyed by the possibilities love can offer. Listen with your teen if you can! interesting that the ending was left open to interpretation, as was the book referred to in this story.

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    Chris United States 04-02-14
    Chris United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Cancer Sucks"

    Wonderful, I was procrastinating reading this book as I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer late last year, and felt it may be to much of a trigger. This was a wonderful story of how cancer affects young lives, their families, themselves their fears & young love. Cancer is so insidious in who if effects and at what age, kids diagnosed with cancer grow up so fast and have a strength we can't comprehend or envisage. It was beautifully written and I went through a box of Kleenex tissues fell in love with the characters, so glad I did read it. As they say in the book Cancer Sucks at any age! The narration was very good.

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    Nancy SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA, United States 04-02-14
    Nancy SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA, United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Poignant and funny"
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    What delight and tragedy Green brings to this rich and well read story of young people and their loved ones moving through impossible situations. While some might be tempted to write this off as a teen novel, I was swept away by Green's ability to capture the raw, messed up madness that follows a disease like cancer, and then he magnifies the experience with honest, wild and whirling teenage characters worth knowing.


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  • Charles
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    2/22/12
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    "Far too good to be left to teenagers"

    John Green has won awards for his Young Adult fiction and this, his latest novel. features teenage protagonists but really this is a book which will be enjoyed not just by teenagers but by anyone who has ever been a teenager and still remembers at least a little of what that was like.

    It begins in a teenage cancer support group and its subject matter is daunting but go beyond that and you'll find a novel full not just of love and courage but black edged humour and characters who feel real. For such a short novel it packs a real emotional punch and when I finished the book it felt like I was leaving friends behind.

    A word of thanks too the narrator, Kate Rudd. The book is a first person narrative and she not only convincingly brings Hazel Grace to life but her friends and family. If this doesn't merit an Audies award then there is something wrong with the voting system.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Nicola
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "A Triumph Celebration of Life"

    I felt unusually resistant to reading this book. I, like so many others, have said a final goodbye to loved ones taken too soon by the whims of this unforgiving disease. I wasn't sure I could face a story examining the life of such young sufferers of serious, indeed terminal, illness; I couldn't imagine what enjoyment (as that is, after all, why I read fiction) there was to be found between the covers of such a book. How wrong my innate assumptions have proved to be.



    This story is a triumphant celebration of life in the face of death, a homily to the strength and determination of its characters to 'live their best life today' no matter what mountains they may have to climb tomorrow. The author explores with great sensitivity the impact of a terminal diagnosis on relationships and creates an achingly beautiful and unforgettable connection between Hazel and Augustus, as they struggle together to make sense of and come to terms with the hand they have been dealt.



    There was plenty of laughter and some inevitable tears, but the greatest achievement of this work is in relegating cancer to a mere supporting role - there is no room for it centre stage here - that place belongs unquestionably to the bonds of love which live on beyond the farewells. For, whilst we hold on to our memories of those whose footprints we can no longer see in the sand, how can they ever truly leave us?

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    London, United Kingdom
    5/8/12
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    "A masterpiece"

    First audio book I have ever restarted as soon as I finished. Somehow manages to avoid cliches, engage you in the characters, make you laugh and make you cry. It walks the line between pretentious and meaningful but falls the right side. Can't stop thinking about it. This is not a great book for teenagers, or a great book for adults, it is just a great book.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. S. J. Penny
    Kent, UK
    7/11/13
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    "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in this audiobook."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this to a friend, if this book were not just as Hazel describes An Imperial Affliction in her book, that it's so special it just 'yours'.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character was certainly Hazel Grace, Augustus Waters not far behind. Hazel is a character I can relate to a lot. Though I myself do not suffer from cancer or a terminal illness, I think in the same way and understand many of her thoughts and emotions. She's real, she's down to earth and not like these over-sexualised girls you get in some stories. The lack of depth into the lives of other characters and the lack of several characters close to Hazel and Augustus is actually a good technique, and makes the book feel closer to you, like although she doesn't literally say 'you're my friend' because obviously, you're reading the book, you feel like you're one of the only people being let into their lives. When Hazel says 'my only friends are my parents and an author who doesn't know I exist', she knows what's real but she still feels a connection to AIA, that I find myself feeling to TFIOS. I see a lot of Hazel in me, to be honest.


    What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Metaphorically and literally, a voice. I have in fact read the book before hand, but being a British 14 year old it was sort of hard to imagine how they would speak, never having spoken to an American before. She made Hazel more real to me. Don't get me wrong, the book on it's own is brilliant, but there's something about Kate Rudd that makes me believe the story happened, like it's literally Hazel explaining it to me.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oh definitely. I was crying for hours at the end, and some parts like with Issac kissing Monica and Augustus' comments on 'young love in all it's awkwardness' (or something similar) made me laugh until I cried. I felt like I knew them in a way, it felt so personal.


    Any additional comments?

    The fact this book is an audiobook makes me incredibly happy, thank you for selling it. Now, even if I'm too tired to read, or too busy to pack a book, I can listen to my favourite story over and over.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Miranda
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    4/13/13
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    "A must read!"

    This book will make you laugh, smile and cry. John Green has managed to bring a new perspective and emotion to cancer. Within the first chapter I instantly wish that I had a friend like Hazel Grace.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Esther
    Ulverston, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Very good"

    I had read, the fault in our stars once before but listening to it was a completely different experience. Kate Rudd- AKA the perfect voice for hazel, did an amazing job conveying not only Hazel's but Augustus' and her mums feelings. She varied tone, pace and volume for the desired effects.

    And of course, the author, John Green did an amazing job with the book. I shan't write too much about the book itself but I will tell you a few things. First off, this book is sensitive to Cancer in a way no other book is. Especially and John himself would say any 'cancer book'. And no, i'm not saying that books talking about cancer don't give enough sensitivity to it as they should, i'm saying that John created a whole new level for his book to sit on.

    Another thing is, despite John being a 30 something year old man with a wife and child, he captured the essence of a teenage girl amazingly. Being a teenager myself I would say that he used the 'teenage stereotype' perfectly. He made her moody, and loving and happy and funny at the perfect times. Making it feel as though it was Hazel Grace Lancaster really writing that book.

    Thank-you John.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Emma
    brendale, Australia
    7/29/12
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    "Amazing"

    This book was inspiring and touching. It made me laugh and cry the whole way through. A definite must.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Emily
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    9/16/12
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    "thought prevoking"

    This is no ordinary cancer novel. it is the truth and has such depth into the situation of having cancer. I have quotes from this book that are just genius. I really enjoyed listening to this book and made me really reconsider my life. BUY IT, LISTEN TO IT AND LIVE IT!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy
    Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Wonderful."

    Yes I know that this book is technically a teen fiction but at *mumbles age* I simply loved it. With it’s characters that my teenage self (long forgotten in the mists of time), fell in love with and a story that carried me along effortlessly. I would urge you to take a chance on it. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but you won't be sorry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Croydon, United Kingdom
    8/8/12
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    "Well written, well read"

    This book is superbly written by an author who is intelligent, witty and gets the emotions across very well - add in a SUPERB reading by Kate Rudd and you have yourself an emotional, but fantastic listen

    If you know only a little about different types of cancer, and want a book which shows how teenagers can be amazing during their struggles with illness, then this book will open your mind and your heart

    The emotion that this brought up was more than I expected, especially later in the book, but this is one of the best books I've read or listened to

    DO NOT miss this book, if you do, you'll be missing out on one amazing book!!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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