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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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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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    Cher Merrill SPOKANE, WA, US 03-24-13
    Cher Merrill SPOKANE, WA, US 03-24-13

    Reader, writer, listener, learner.

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    "Best book. Ever. Seriously."
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    John Green's characters, whether they play a large or small role, are so believable. I have read and/or listened to 100's of books. None has ever made me laugh out loud, respond verbally to characters' comments or cry - not just tear up, CRY - as this book has.

    This is not just a YA book. This is a book for all ages. I am in awe of Green's gift.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Kate Rudd did an impressive job with the characters, making each uniquely personal.


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

    Yes and no. Yes, until I got to the last few minutes, literally 10 minutes left to the book, and I had to stop for an entire day before I had the courage to read the to the end,mknowing I would need to leave the lives of the characters.


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    Kirsta Windsor, CO, United States 03-22-13
    Kirsta Windsor, CO, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A good narrator can negatively impact a story"

    I liked this book and listened to it quickly, understanding the hype but not loving it the way so many others have. My issue was actually with the narrator who I think would have been fabulous reading another book. Being born and raised in the area of Indianapolis where this story takes place, her slight accent and incorrect intonation of places really grated. This is miniscule, I understand, but the familiar setting was one of the things that really worked for me in this one and saying Broad Ripple correctly would have made it even better. It's the little things sometimes.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nichole Glendale, CA, USA 03-22-13
    Nichole Glendale, CA, USA 03-22-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Oh my gosh, I cried in public while listening"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    The main character was great. I loved her development and she was so increadably real. While I am a HUGE fan of cheesy books with happy endings...which this is NOT, I would definitely listen to this again. Great in every way.


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    Steve 03-19-13
    Steve 03-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This deserves way more attention that it's receive"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    Yes. This book was written in a way that it is very natural being read.


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

    Nothing that I've read compares to this book. It's stands apart.


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

    Kate Rudd (Narrator) does a spectacular job of portraying Hazel, the main character, and gives very convincing emotions. When someone's crying and talking at the same time, it sounds like Kate is crying while she's reading it.


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

    The ups and downs of living with cancer, and the will to live positively.


    Any additional comments?

    This sounds like a very depressing book, but it's not. This book has it's ups and downs, yes, but, overall, it was a very uplifting book that left me appreciative of the life I live. I highly recommend this book who likes inspirational, dramatic stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Saint Paul, MN, United States 03-18-13
    Sara Saint Paul, MN, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2008

    I am a middle school reading teacher who loves to show students the wonder and joy of reading.

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    "Fabulous book"
    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    I loved this book and I am pretty picky. I teach middle school reading and wanted to preview a few books for my reluctant readers. Wow, I loved this book on its own. I have recommended this book to several students and they are enjoying it also.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Finding joy in the face of disaster.


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

    It made me prouder to work with teenagers.


    Any additional comments?

    Great characters, I would want them as friends.

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    Amazon Customer Bradenton, FL, United States 03-17-13
    Amazon Customer Bradenton, FL, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "heartwrenching beautiful story"
    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing. Beautiful. Raw.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Augustus, of course, for his depth and sense of humor. And his fearlessness in love and tenderness with Hazel. What a truly beautiful boy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Augustus tells Hazel his cancer has returned. It was both my favorite moment while being the worst possible thing that could have happened.


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

    Yes and I did. This book was my companion while driving from Connecticut to Florida. I have perfected crying uncontrollably while driving (and not waking my husband or son while doing it).


    Any additional comments?

    This book is less about dying than it is about living.

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    David 03-16-13
    David 03-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was one of the best books I have listened to.... Love the story and the narration makes u think your in the story....


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    Melissa St. Cloud, MN United States 03-15-13
    Melissa St. Cloud, MN United States 03-15-13
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    "Best book on Audible"
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    The acting in the book is wonderful. The storyline is very touching. Could not stop listening. I've purchased the book as a gift for someone because it is so good.


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    Sabrina San Diego, Ca. United States 03-14-13
    Sabrina San Diego, Ca. United States 03-14-13
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    "I can't even..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    The narrator does an amazing job of voicing male and female characters


    Any additional comments?

    This is a sad and beautiful book. The characters were the kinds you want to hop out of the book and be friends with. the writing is vivid and emotional. I loved this book and the expert narration made it even better.
    Word to the wise, do not listen to while driving, it is not a good idea to sob while going down the road at 65mph.

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    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 03-14-13
    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2012

    Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.

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    ""The fault is not in our stars, But in ourselves""
    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    heartbreaking, beautiful, and REAL


    What did you like best about this story?

    I often come across books that I love, will read over and over again, will dream about, will recommend to other friends. And then there are books that leave a mark on your soul. This is one of those books. This story is definitely inspirational. If you choose to read it, be sure to have a box of Kleenex next to you at all times. This book was so REAL. I am now broken. If you don’t cry while reading this book, then you are completely dead inside.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    **SPOILER ALERT**


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    My fave Augustus quote comes after Hazel first sees him put a cigarette in his mouth. She yells at him for having cancer yet smoking to get yet more cancer. "They don't kill you unless you light them...And I've never lit one. It's a metaphor, see: you put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don't give it the power to do its killing."


    Any additional comments?

    "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves..." - Cassius to Brutus (Act I, Scene II, Julius Caesar)
    Hazel is a 16 yr old girl with cancer who lives tethered to an oxygen tank. She meets Augustus, a 17rd old who has lost his leg to cancer and is now in remission, at a support group. She also meets Isaac there, Augustus’ bff who loses his sight to cancer.
    The characters and their stories are exceptionally wonderful and funny. I smiled the entire time I was reading this book and even laughed out loud a few times.
    Favorite quote from this book: “That’s the thing about pain… it demands to be felt.” Truer words have never been spoken.
    “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
    ***SPOILERS*** SPOILERS*** SPOILERS*** SPOILERS*** SPOILERS*** SPOILERS***
    When Hazel was 13 she almost lost her battle with cancer. She overhears her mom tell her dad that she won’t be a mom anymore. That was the 1st point at which I cried. What does happen if your child dies? Are you still a parent? My heart says yet but I imagine for someone who is a parent (I am not), especially one who is watching their child die, would feel very differently. It was devastating following the emotional turmoil of the parents. I can’t imagine what that must be like for them.
    Hazel and Augustus exchange books. Hazel’s selection is a book about a girl with terminal cancer. The book abruptly ends and you just know that it’s because the girl dies. But Hazel still has questions about the other characters in the book and wants answers. So Hazel and Augustus began emailing with the author and find that he now lives in Amsterdam. The author will not reveal the answers except in person. So Augustus surprises Hazel by using his wish, given to him by The Make A Wish Foundation, for a trip to Amsterdam. While there Augustus admits to Hazel that he’s in love with her: “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.” Hazel admits the same and their Amsterdam trips turns into a romantic trip. Then they find that the author has actually gone a little mad and won’t give them any answers. On the day of their return to the US Augustus admits to Hazel that he recently had a pet scan and that the test screen “lit up”. He is dieing. “I lit up like a Christmas tree, Hazel Grace.” My heart broke when he tells Hazel this and here was the 2nd time I cried while reading this book.
    I’ve read numerous reviews on this book and some feel that these teenagers sound too grown up for 16 and 17 yr olds. Ummm…. DUH!!!! Cancer kids are NOT at all like regular kids. They have to fit their entire life into a very small window and are forced to deal with things well beyond their maturity levels. Hence making them more mature than normal teenagers.
    Augustus has Isaac and Hazel write him a eulogy. – I cried… and cried… and cried. It was heartbreaking and beautiful. When Augustus actually died I cried some more. And then I cried some more.
    At the end of the book Hazel is presented with Augustus’ eulogy for her. And omg was it beautiful! I’m a romance novel junkie and I can honestly say that I’ve never read anything more beautiful and loving! It made my heart break and I cried some more. The ending was Augustus’ words to/for Hazel Grace… “You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.” Then Hazel says “I do, Augustus.” And the book ends. O John Green, THANK YOU for ending the book this way!

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