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The Fault in Our Stars
Contributor(s): Green, John
ISBN: 0525478817     ISBN-13: 9780525478812
Publisher: Dutton Childrens Books
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Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: January 2012
Annotation: Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Cancer; Fiction.
Terminally ill; Fiction.
Love; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2011045783
Lexile Measure: 850
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Series: Indies Choice Book Awards. Young Adult Fiction
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.00" (1.00 lbs) 318 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 148461
Reading Level: 5.5   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 10.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q56426
Reading Level: 5.5   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 17.0
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Contributor Bio(s): John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. John was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers (, one of the most popular online video projects in the world. You can join the millions who follow John on Twitter (@realjohngreen) and tumblr ( or visit him online at

John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall)
Green's fourth solo novel is a lot of things: acerbic comedy, sexy romance, and a lightly played, extended meditation on life and death. Narrator Hazel, controlling stage four cancer, is the most multi-dimensional yet of John Green Girls. She may not be able to change the course of her stars, but she navigates their heartbreaking directives with humor, honesty, and--she'd deny it--grace.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2012 #2)
I suppose this is a cancer book, but as its inimitable heroine Hazel would say, "It's not a cancer book, because cancer books suck." Evoking yet transcending such teen-illness classics as Paige Dixon's May I Cross Your Golden River? (rev. 2/76) and Alice Bach's Waiting for Johnny Miracle, John Green's fourth solo novel, and first to be narrated by a girl, is a lot of things: acerbic comedy, sexy romance, and a lightly played, extended meditation on the big questions about life and death. Hazel is controlling her stage four cancer "with the assistance of drizzled oxygen and daily Phalanxifor" -- she has time, but no one knows how much. Augustus Waters, handsome and dashing, lost a leg to osteosarcoma but now seems okay. Their quickly developing (terminal illness giving new meaning to the question, "why wait?") romance is as intellectual as it is physical and emotional, and Green's fans will recognize and enjoy the heady badinage between the two. They will also appreciate the presence of sidekick Isaac, soon to be blind from eye cancer but a generous sharer of friendship as well as of the blackest of jokes. Hazel, the most multi-dimensional yet of John Green Girls, may not be able to change the course of her stars, but she navigates their heartbreaking directives with humor, honesty, and -- while she would probably deny it -- grace. roger sutton Copyright 2012 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 February)

Gr 9 Up—"It's not fair," complains 16-year-old Hazel from Indiana. "The world," says Gus, her new friend from her teen support group, "is not a wish-granting factory." Indeed, life is not fair; Hazel and Gus both have cancer, Hazel's terminal. Despite this, she has a burning obsession: to find out what happens to the characters after the end of her favorite novel. An Imperial Affliction by Dutch author Peter Van Houten is about a girl named Anna who has cancer, and it ends in mid-sentence (presumably to indicate a life cut short), a stylistic choice that Hazel appreciates but the ambiguity drives her crazy. Did the "Dutch Tulip Man" marry Anna's mom? What happened to Sisyphus the Hamster? Hazel asks her questions via email and Van Houten responds, claiming that he can only tell her the answers in person. When she was younger, Hazel used her wish-one granted to sick children from The Genie Foundation—by going to Disney World. Gus decides to use his to take Hazel to Amsterdam to meet the author. Like most things in life, the trip doesn't go exactly as anticipated. Van Houten is a disappointment, but Hazel, who has resisted loving Gus because she doesn't want to be the grenade that explodes in his life when she dies, finally allows herself to love. Once again Green offers a well-developed cast of characters capable of both reflective thought and hilarious dialogue. With his trademark humor, lovable parents, and exploration of big-time challenges, The Fault in Our Stars is an achingly beautiful story about life and loss.—Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY

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