Thrilling, and Tragic Business Story in The Fault in Our Stars

Did you know John Green, the author of The Fault in Our Stars, 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?
John Green has created a soulful novel that tackles big subjects--life, death, love--with the perfect blend of levity and heart-swelling emotion.

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 brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Hazel Grace has cancer of the terminal variety. There is no cure, no getting better and no chance of survival. But a drug called Phalanxifor is helping to prolong her fight, even if it isn't curing the build-up of fluid that creaks her lungs.

Hazel's mum and dad know what a blessing it is to have her with them for just a little while longer. But her lengthened life won't mean much if she doesn't get up off her butt and do something with it. So they send her into the Literal Heart of Jesus (architecturally speaking) - to a cancer support group where people talk and cry, praise the battle-weary cancer kids and repeat stories about losing their testicles to the big-C. It's a hoot.

And then one day, while sitting around discussing a cancer survivor's current state of ball-lessness, Augustus Waters walks in, and everything changes.

Augustus Waters is currently in remission, minus one leg courtesy of the cancer monster. Augustus has stared death in the face, and laughed heartily . . . and now he continues to chortle. He sticks cigarettes in his mouth but doesn't smoke them. He is a terrible driver. His best friend is about to be blind, and he falls irrevocably and stupidly in love with Hazel pretty much at first sight.

But Hazel is reluctant. Augustus has already lost so much to cancer, and she doesn't want to be another grenade in his life (sure to wound) . . . so she tries to resist his crooked smile and general hotness. Just friends, okay?

`The Fault in Our Stars' is the new contemporary YA book from astronomically popular Edgar & Printz winning author, John Green.

Brace yourselves. John Green's newest book is a love story starring two cancer-ridden teenagers. Yes, it's sad. Yes, it's actually so sad you will blubber while reading and be all snotty by the last page. Expect great big gulping, hiccupping tears. The embarrassing kind. The kind you don't want to shed on public transport. You have been warned.

That being said . . . this is a John Green novel, so it's totally worth your crying, blubbering, hiccupping, snotting tears. Truth be told, `The Fault in Our Stars' is down-right magnificent.

Our narrator is Hazel Grace Lancaster - terminally ill `cancer kid' whose mortal coil has been somewhat lengthened thanks to a (minor) miracle drug. But Hazel has been sick for so long that she doesn't exactly know how to be normal and just live. She's only sixteen but attending college, having surpassed her classmates studying by herself while being cooped up indoors. She's a quick-witted firecracker of a girl who has side-stepped the brink of death only to become a terminal couch-potato (addicted to `America's Next Top Model'). Her mother, and full-time carer, wants to see Hazel interact with the world. Hence, Cancer Support Group in the Literal Heart of Jesus. Hence, meeting Augustus Waters. Hence inconveniently falling for a cancer survivor who she is bound to hurt and maim when the death-knock sounds for her.

'The Fault in Our Stars' is heartfelt without being sentimental, wry without being cynical, funny without being crass, smart without being condescending, sweet without being sappy. It's both heartbreakingly hopeful and refreshingly honest.

In short, it's John Green's finest novel yet. Which, if you've read his excellent body of work so far, is saying something.

John Green writes astonishingly well in the voice of Hazel, a teenage girl with terminal cancer. The story of her survival, her friends, her parents, the books she loves, the hopes she hangs onto, and her growing attraction to the clever and charming Augustus Waters comes at us through Hazel's own words - often funny, sometimes angry, sometimes sad, always real.