The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


September 6, 2012 by rgullans

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

ISBN 13: 978-0525478812, Dutton Juvenile, 2013.

Plot Summary

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green follows Hazel, a cancer ridden 16 year old with just a few years to live.  Life is pretty bleak until Hazel meets handsome, funny and charming Augustus Waters, at a kids with cancer support group meeting. Finally Hazel has found a friend or maybe even a boyfriend, who can look past her illness and connect with the person she really is.  Together Hazel and Augustus delve into what it means to die young and how best to live.   But there is one big difference between Augustus and Hazel, he’s prognosis is not terminal, in fact he is in full remission. Will Hazel be able to look past his healthiness and allow herself to fall for Augustus? More importantly, can she find the answers she desires?

Critical Evaluation

Green’s frank look into the world of 16 year old Hazel is brilliant.  He brilliant character development manages to transport the reader into her inner life with poignant humor, insights and blatant truthfulness.  Hazel’s connection to Augustus only further expands the reader’s ability to understand the life of a terminal teenager.  Together Hazel and Augustus delve into philosophical questions about life, death and love. They seek to understand the purpose of their lives, how to live with what they have been given, how to cope with pity and how to protect the living from their deaths.  Green’s infusion of humor into the story breathes life into the characters and joy into their lives.  Augustus and Hazel lift each other spirits with their humor and honesty in the direst of situations, bringing each other strength.  Green’s honesty leaves the reader touched and in a better place of understanding. A must read!
Readers Annotation

Hazel has terminal cancer and at 16 years old, has only at most a few years to live. Life is looking nothing but bleak until Hazel meets handsome, funny and charming Augustus Waters. But not everything is how it seems? Or is it?

Information About the Author

According to John Green’s website, “John Green is the New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and The Fault in Our Stars. He is also the coauthor, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. He was 2006 recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award, a 2009 Edgar Award winner, and has twice been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Green’s books have been published in more than a dozen languages.”

“Green’s book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review and Booklist, a wonderful book review journal where he worked as a publishing assistant and production editor while writing Looking for Alaska. Green grew up in Orlando, Florida before attending Indian Springs School and then Kenyon College.”


Young Adult Romance

Curriculum Ties


Book Talking Ideas

Describe the main character Hazel, her personality and sarcasm, her potential relationship with Augustus.  After the description hook the reader in by letting it be known that this isn’t your usual coming-of-age story, that Hazel is in fact dying.

Read an excerpt from the book that reflects the fact that this story is not the usual cancer book story. Augustus,” I said. “Really. You don’t have to do this.””Sure I do,” he said. “I found my Wish.” “God, you’re the best,” I told him.”I bet you say that to all the boys who finance your international travel,” he answered.” “How are the eyes?”Oh, excellent,’ he said. ‘I mean, they’re not in my head is the only problem.”Awesome, yeah,’ Gus said. ‘Not to one-up you or anything, but my body is made out of cancer.’ ‘So I heard,’ Issac said, trying not to let it get to him. He fumbled toward Gus’s hand and found only his thigh. ‘I’m taken,’ Gus said.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Reading Level/ Interest Age

Ages 14 and up

Challenge Issues

This book might be challenged because the teenage characters have sex.  Other issues might be its frank description and dialogue about death.

If this book were challenged I would show the challenger the libraries selection policy and written rationale for the inclusion of the book in the library.  I would also provide the challenger with book reviews for them to consider. If they were still not satisfied I would suggest the fill out a request for reconsideration form.

Why Included

Mandatory reading for LIBR 265-10.


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