The Fault In Our Stars


Hazel (16) is fighting a severe form of lung cancer. Her parents force her to go to a support group, where she and her friend Isaac are always getting in trouble. When Isaac brings his friend Augustus (who is in remission) to group, they hit it off immediately. They make a deal that Augustus will read Hazel’s favorite book “An Imperial Affliction” if she reads the novelization of his favorite game. Augustus loves the book, but it ended ambiguously. Augustus writes letters to Peter van Houten to find out how the book ends. Peter agrees to answer his questions, but he must come to see him in Amsterdam. On that trip, Augustus reveals that his cancer is back. After Augustus' death, Hazel is very depressed and wants to find the letter Augustus said he sent his own version of the end of the book to van Houten. The letter helps Hazel come to terms with his death and she tries to move on with her life happily.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Even with cancer as part of the underlying theme, this is a thoughtful, appealing book that adults and teens can enjoy.

Content Awareness Factors:

Some readers may be offended by the profanity and sexual references.

Young Reader Reaction

Teen 1: This is a very versatile novel. It will largely appeal to girls because it is about teenage romance. This is not your average romance because Hazel and Augustus have cancer, which adds a very depressing detail. I would definitely buy this book as a gift because I think it was beautifully written and would not mind reading it again multiple times.

Young Reader Reaction

Teen 2: It takes a really good book to get my attention and suck me in. The Fault in Our Stars immediately grabbed my attention - and kept it. I wasn't familiar with John Green before this book. "Wow" pretty much sums up what I think of his writing. One of the best things about this book is how descriptive and genuine the characters are. It is almost like I knew them personally. The author used great imagery. His characters are strong, real, and have relatable attitudes. There isn’t anything about this book that I didn’t like, but I could see some people not liking it because of how heartbreaking it is; so fair warning, be prepared to shed some tears. I should have come prepared with a box of tissues before reading it.

Type of Book:
This is a romance for young adults. This is a high interest / low readability book for teens, not middle grade students.
Educational Themes:

Hazel and Augustus' story give readers a lot to think about. Not just for their own lives, but also for the way they look at others (assumptions, judgement). This is an exceptional choice for a book club.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
12 and Up
Age of child:
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Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a very poignant moving book that you'll likely want to read again and share with friends.

Title The Fault in Our Stars
Author John Green
Publisher Dutton Children's Books, Imprint Penguin Young Readers Group © 2012
ISBN 9780525478812
Material Hard Cover
Genres Death and Loss, Health & Wellness, Realism | Realistic Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
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