The Fault In Our Stars

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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.

If you’ve read the book and are completely prepared for spoilers, visit a The Fault in Our Stars Q&A.

Reviews

“In its every aspect, The Fault in Our Stars is a triumph.” -Booklist, starred review

“Luminous.” -Entertainment Weekly

“A smartly crafted intellectual explosion of a romance.” -Kirkus, starred review

A blend of melancholy, sweet, philosophical, and funny. Green shows us true love…and it is far more romantic than any sunset on the beach.” -New York Times Book Review

“One doesn’t like to throw around phrases like “instant classic” lightly, but I can see The Fault in Our Stars taking its place alongside Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret in the young-adult canon. Green’s book is also a good example of why so many adult readers are turning to young-adult literature for the pleasures and consolations they used to get from conventional literary fiction.” -Time

“Green writes books for young adults, but his voice is so compulsively readable that it defies categorization. The Fault in Our Stars proves that the hype surrounding Green is not overblown.” -NPR

“A pitch-perfect, elegiac comedy…it will linger long and hard in the minds of teens and former teens.” -USA Today

“An achingly beautiful story.” -SLJ, starred review

“John Green deftly mixes the profound and the quotidian in this tough, touching valentine to the human spirit.” -Washington Post

Nice Things That Have Happened

#1 New York Times bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal bestseller
#9 The Bookseller (UK) bestseller
#1 Indiebound bestseller
New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
Starred reviews from Booklist, SLJ, Publisher’s Weekly, Horn Book, and Kirkus

In Other Languages

Editions of The Fault in Our Stars are forthcoming in Dutch, German, Spanish, French, Swedish, Danish, Icelandic, Hebrew, Chinese, and Portuguese.

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Chloe Card February 18, 2015 at 10:57 am

Hi John Green I Am 10 Years Old And My Name Is Chloe Your Book Is So True Because Cancer Kids Are Side Affects And Often Get Cancer Perk And I Don’t Get Why We Get All Them Stuff Just Because We Have Cancer. Also I Have A Question What Happens To Hazel, Hazel’s Mum, Kaitlyn And Issac?

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Wiya February 18, 2015 at 11:03 am

Hi John, i hope you’re good!
I’m from France and i loved the fault in our stars movie. I have some questions: first of all, why do we hear in the original version, some french sentences during their trip ( in Anne Frank house: ” pas de problème” ” ils sont mignons”… They don’t speak french there!!!
And second one, i REALLY need your explaination!!! I REALLY don’t get the look of the man in the ambulance! The way he looked at Hazel, what does it mean???
Thanks for your Time and for answering my questions!!!
I’m like Hazel waiting for van houten’s answers… Think of my happiness when i’ll read your mail… ;)
Take care,
Bye
Ps: i hope my english was correct

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shivangi February 22, 2015 at 7:02 am

Wiya I hope you do get a reply from John. Authors are usually too damn busy to cater to the crazy fans = US
Sad truth of life :)

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Karla Jane Allen February 19, 2015 at 1:58 am

Dear Mr John Green,

G’Day mate, how are you my fellow distant friend? All the way from ‘Stralia here and would like to say that this was the first book that definitely got me thinking about the characters where-a-bouts after the book finished. One thing that I want to know pretty much like everything is not Hazel because we do know she that she won’t last that long with her lungs but about Isaac…

In the near distant future of the year 2030 when scientists come up to Isaac does he take the robot eyes to become a cyborg? That is the real question people should be asking. Well, anyway I would like to say that your book pretty much inspires not only me but for others to live in the moment and to not waste any shred of time that we have. This is particularly a really good message to send out so cheers for being a fabulous writer Mr Green.

Yours Sincerely,

Karla :)

P.S. If Isaac puts the robot eyes on does he have super powers like cyclops from the X-Men?

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alex February 19, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Does hazel die or just Gus

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Jenna Sullivan February 20, 2015 at 12:05 pm

I see it as they both die

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Victoria February 19, 2015 at 11:39 pm

Dearest John Green,
I would just like to start out with the fact that you genuinely, single-handedly RUINED MY LIFE. I can not as much as think about this book without melting into a puddle of weepy tears. It was so beautifully written and so genuine and overall fabulous. Except for the ending. I genuinely want to know what sparked the idea to ruin peoples lives with that ending. You’re an evil genius Mr. Green.
Sincerely, Victoria.
P.s. I cried for four hours straight when i finished the first time.

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Jenna Sullivan February 20, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Hey I love this book. I read it at least once every two months. It has so much meaning and has a lot to understand about it. Thank you so much for all the amazing work you have done. Have a lovely day

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Ana Júlia February 20, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Hi John, please tell me what happens after the fault in our the stars, that is equal to the end of an imperial affliction

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Cora Leigh February 20, 2015 at 6:05 pm
Amanda(Mandy) Patterson February 20, 2015 at 6:08 pm

This book is to say the least great and devestating. It shows the true aspects of what we cancer kids go through. Although I hate the though of Gus dying, I am glad you let Hazel live, for her mothers sake. Thank you, John, for showing everyone just how important we should treat cancer patients.
Yours Truly, Amanda Patterson

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Gus's lover February 20, 2015 at 6:09 pm

WHY WHY WHYYY? I LOVED GUS SO MUCH

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Courtney Belknap February 24, 2015 at 5:08 pm

I have a question for you would have likes the book as much if Gus would not have died? Just wondering

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Sorrow'n'tears February 20, 2015 at 6:10 pm

I miss you Augustus Waters
RIP MY LOVE

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aNNAlEIGH February 20, 2015 at 6:10 pm

WEIRDO FREAK ISSAC RULES

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Cora Leigh February 20, 2015 at 6:12 pm

When I first read and finished the book, I was in tears and didnt talk for a wek straight. I had to remind my self, THIS IS NOT REAL

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Fran orr February 20, 2015 at 6:28 pm

I have read your book and I was in tears by the time I reached the half way point. A while ago I saw the film. It was amazing and I couldn’t stop crying all the way through. This book is amazing and describes exactly what some people are going through. All through the story it was well described and set the scene! I couldn’t believe that this story wasn’t real. You are a amazing writer. Keep writing. The fault in our stars – amazing.

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Fran orr February 20, 2015 at 6:36 pm

I know that you have a LOT of comments and letters, and there is probably 50000 people asking what happens at the end of the fault in our stars. But, John, could you please tell me. Hazel probably wrote the same things when she was writing to Peter Vanhowtan – is that how you spell it? I know you probably won’t answer me. But please. It would mean the world to me to know what happens at the end of the fault in our stars.

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Nadia (Arg) February 22, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Hi Fran, Hazel dies one year later to Augustus die, I read this but I don’t know if this is true

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Banana Pancakes February 21, 2015 at 1:08 am

Hi John Green!

When I first read and finished The Fault In Our Stars, I cried a bucket full. I kept telling myself that it fiction but it still hurts that Augustus’ dead. I love your and I’m currently re-reading it for the 3rd time. I love this book.

Mr. Green, please write another book. I have read all of your books and I want more. I am sure all of your fans want more.

One more thing, are you religious? :)

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Alexis February 21, 2015 at 9:07 am

Hello John green,i just had to ask since you had me feeling like hazel when i thought of this but have you ever thought about what happened to hazel after the book ended did she get a new boyfriend? Die? Continue to live?
I just really would like to know and if you haven’t thought about it,i understand but if you had could you please tell me? Thank you
And i really loved the book and the movie it’s my favorite story and movie!

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Angela Cvetkovik February 21, 2015 at 2:42 pm

Dear Mr. Green,
Early last summer was when I was first introduced to The Fault In Our Stars. Since then, I have reread the book exactly 32 times. I am not the kind of person who gets “touched” by a book, but TFIOS was different, it brought tears to my eyes. I couldn’t believe how much feeling you put into the book. I have so many questions I need to ask, and though I know you will not answer them, I have to try. So here it goes:
Does Hazel die, live, or find a new boyfriend?
What happens to Isaac?
Does Van Houten ever sober up and write another book?
What happens to Ludivej?
Does Hazel ever go NEC?
Does Hazel’s mom ever get the job she was studying for?
Does Monica ever go back to Isaac?
And most importantly, will you write a sequel?

I may be foolish to actually believe that you may answer my questions, but I had to give it a try. Please get back to me if you ever find time. I understand of you don’t, seeing as you are very busy writing books. But still, it would take only a few minutes of your time.
Your Fan,
Angela Cvetkovik

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v February 21, 2015 at 11:53 pm

Recurrence. This is the first time it has hit me. I have so much to do.

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Matthew Bower February 21, 2015 at 11:56 pm

Dear Mr. Green,

Initially, I would just like to compliment how phenomenal your book is. I just finished reading The Fault In Our Stars. I absolutely loved it after reading the first couple of chapters. I love how you kept it realistic with the fact that people don’t always get the exact happy ending they thought they would. I love the ending. I cried when I finished.

I apologize that I did not introduce myself. I am 12-year-old Matthew. I love to read. I heard this was an amazing book, so when I bought it, I started reading it instantly. I was hooked. I absolutely adore the story about how two cancer kids fell in love, and no matter what happened to either one of them, they were always there for each other. Thank you for bringing a wonderful gift to the world with your incredible talent.

Many people ask questions about how the story ended. Now I believe that’s the fun part. You give your own ending. I think this is how Hazel and her family lived their lives.

Hazel died at age eighteen, just past her 37th half birthday. Just before she died her mom said “I want you to know that I will be okay. Of course I will be upset for a long time, but I know Gus will protect you. I will continue being a Patrick but I won’t suck at it. You are going to be okay.” She let out a loud sob. Hazel then says “You have always been there for me. Thank you, both of you.” At this point her dad has been sobbing for hours. Ever since they got to the hospital (because Hazel couldn’t breathe and she had a bad headache, just like when Augustus was still alive, only this time it was worse), her dad has been sobbing. This time though, she knew they would eventually be okay. So this time when her mom said “It’s okay to let go,” she wasn’t as worried. Hazel thought “Watch out Augustus, here I come.”

After a day of her being unconscious she passed away. “Why Hazel Grace, how are you?” Augustus said. “Okay” she said. They laughed. “You were right about afterlife” she said. They spent the rest of their lives in the afterlife.

Her parents took it better than most parents usually it would affect parents severely for many years, but after almost two they were okay, not perfect, but okay. They had prepared for this. They both did their own version of Support Group. They made it more fun because they thought the best way to spend life on earth if you had cancer was to spend those last moments having fun. Cancer kids played games, bonded with each other, and were able to talk to Hazel’s parents. They felt like they did something right. They felt like they honored their daughter.

One more thing. Augustus’s last words before he died were to Peter Van Houten. “Now remember to check your mail every once in a while, old man” he said through the phone. He hung up. He died just over a day later. When Hazel was coming to join him, he cried he was so happy.

This is my special ending to The Fault In Our Stars. Thank you for giving me my favorite book of all time!

Yours Truly,
Matthew

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Linkletter February 22, 2015 at 7:01 am

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LINKLETTER

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Linkletter February 22, 2015 at 7:01 am

You have written a very good ending. If you have read paper towns tell me. I have written related stories.
LINKLETTER

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LINKLETTER February 22, 2015 at 7:04 am

IM TWELVE TOO!!! But my name isnt LINKLETTER.. Thats my psedonym..

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Starlynn February 22, 2015 at 11:53 am

Hey,Mr.Green!
How are ya,bud?
You’re an amazing writer,by the way. I love your book to bits,so much that I’ve read it 6 times,almost 7. I’m officially obsessed with Augustus and Hazel. Dude,I CRIED when Augustus SPOILER died.
But I must ask you,sir. What happens to Hazel,Isaac,Van Houten,Vidilwig (right? That’s how you spell that?),and,heck,Augustus’s parents? These questions have been haunting my mind for months,and I’m dying to know.
Please,do not pull a Van Houten on me,by not saying anything. I beg of you.
Thanks for reading and have a nice day.
From, a ten year old fan named Starlynn

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Nadia (Arg) February 22, 2015 at 2:28 pm

Hola, este libro es hermosisimo, me encanta, tiene muchas cosas y significados que realmente me fascinan. Cuando leo los comentarios de los que preguntan que pasa despues del libro me parece muy absurdo, porque todas las historias terminan y pueden seguir, pero en realidad todo es producto de una creacion y creo que no pueden estar preguntando por cada libro que leen o cada peli que ven que pasa despues, debemos leer el libro y disfrutarlo al máximo, es bellisimo, pero ahi termina. No porque Hazel queria saber que paso despues en su libro significa que nosotros tambien lo debemos hacer, John Green realmente hizo un libro maravilloso al igual que Buscando a Alaska, y tenemos que simplemente agradecer por lo que escribio y ya, :)
Saludos =)

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Brandi Grooms February 23, 2015 at 11:31 am

John-I have a few questions to ask you about your books-could you please send me an email to my personal gmail?

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Megan Foote February 23, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Dear sir John of Green,

Let’s see, I’m currently residing at my dear parent’s home, and am at the ripe old age of 12 years old. You can say I’m ‘tough’ for a girl, I really don’t know.

Anyway, time for my ‘review’ of TFIOS. How I came across the book is quite a funny tale, my mom had bought it a few weeks earlier, but had not read it. Of course, being the avid fan of books I was, I HAD to read it. I’ve read it only once or twice so far, but DAMN, this book is amazing. John, you managed to do something only my Harry Potter books could do: Make me cry. Granted, it was only one, lonesome, MANLY MAN tear, but hey, you tried. Anyway, two thumbs up from me!

From the MANLIEST of men
Megan

P.S: If you could reply to me with my yahoo email, that is preferred
P.P.S: Actually, any sort of reply would be great, don’t pull a Van Houten on me.

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Aubrey Puckett February 23, 2015 at 3:39 pm

hi my name is Aubrey Puckett and I’m 13 years old and when i read your book it made me inspired and i wanted to tell you that you did a really good job

sincerely your friend :
Aubrey Puckett

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Aubrey Puckett February 23, 2015 at 3:52 pm

hi Mr. John Green i wanted to let you know that you inspired me to do good thing’s and at are school we are doing book reports and we got to pick are book and i picked yours because I’ve watched it so many times that i new what to put and i didn’t need to read the book aging but i did because it was so good and it would mean so much to me if you would wright me back and I’m only 13 and i would like to ask you some questions if that was okay

sincerely:
Aubrey Puckett

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Tiffany Surette February 23, 2015 at 10:55 pm

Hello Mr. Green,
My name is Tiffany and I’m an 18 year old girl from Saugus, Massachusetts. I just finished reading “The Fault in our Stars” and I have to say that I absolutely loved it. I actually cried when I read that Augustus had died. And I feel like you should write a sequel to this book. So we know if Hazel falls in love again. Thanks for being such an amazing writer. Hope to read another one of your books soon.

Sincerely,
Tiffany Surette

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SKYLARK GRAY February 24, 2015 at 7:21 am

DEAR MR GREEN,
MY FRIEND HAS READ YOUR BOOKS ON MY RECOMMENDATION.YOU HAVE ANSWERED HER QUESTIONS ONLY WITH AN OKAY. I WAS KIND OF HOPING YOU COULD ANSWER SOME OF MY QUESTIONS.
1. DOES HAZEL ALSO DIE IN THE END?
2.DOES VAN HOUTEN SOBER UP AND WRITE A NEW BOOK ?
3. WHAT HAPPENS TO ISAAC?
4. WHAT HAPPENS TO HAZEL’S FAMILY?

I KNOW THESE ARE KIND OF STUPID QUESTIONS AND YOUR BOOK IS FULL OF QUESTIONS BUT I WAS HOPING TO GET THESE ANSWERS.AND IF YOU EVER DECIDE TO WRITE A SEQUEL TO TFIOS I WOULD LOVE TO READ IT , FRANKLY I WOULD READ YOUR SHOPPING LIST .
YOURS WITH GREAT ADMIRATION
SKYLARK (14 YRS)

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Maryrose Pergis February 28, 2015 at 8:50 am

I think she will die. Isaac will sob for life i guess?

note: This is my opinion.

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Courtney Belknap February 24, 2015 at 5:05 pm

I love the book The Fault in our Stars!!!! This is the best book ever! I have read it about ten times, it leaves me wondering if I take advantage of life and the family that I have. Like a lot of other readers, I am wondering why you killed Gus. But then I wonder if I would have liked the book as much if you would have not killed him, I think that is actually why I read it so much. But I just wanted to tell you that The fault in our Stars is my favorite book! Thank you for writing it!

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Jesse February 24, 2015 at 9:50 pm

Hi i just started to read this book and i cant put it down!!! i think im in love with a book LOL

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Latonya February 25, 2015 at 4:21 am

I love your book and movie “The Fault in Our Stars” but, why did you have end it so heart-breakingly sad note instead of good one? When I read your book and watch the movie I though that woman wrote this because, a man wouldn’t write a book that had heart-breakingly sad ending to it so, thank you writing good book that made cry at the end of it, and can’t put it down until got to end.

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Jasmine Rasheed February 26, 2015 at 9:43 pm

Hi, Mr. Green
I am Jasmine and I just love the movie So much! In fact, I had a brain tumor and the movie was inspirational to me. Can you please answer this question does Hazel find new love ?
Thank you gratefully,
Jasmine Rasheed

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Rocio Cano February 27, 2015 at 9:51 pm

Sorry but John Green say like Hazel died a year after Augustus Waters.

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Sally February 26, 2015 at 11:17 pm

Dear Mr. Green,

I love your book so much!

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Ashleigh February 27, 2015 at 2:27 am

Hello. I have to say thank you. I’m a young widow. My husband died 2 years ago today. He was only 29. We were together for 10.5 years. I watched the movie the other night as I was coming up on the 2 year Mark. Your story hit how I felt. Hazel knew how I felt. I had my Gus. And I was his Hazel. But is it crazy to not wonder what happens to her after his death? I of course wonder bc in some ways I know how that felt. Thank you.

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Robert Place February 27, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Hello Mr. Green.
My name is Robert Place. I recently read your book as part of a project I am working on for my Pre AP English class on the recommendation of HALF OF THE SCHOOL! Anyway I enjoyed your book quite thoroughly beginning to end, and have a few questions I would like to ask.

I was researching you recently and noticed that you stated at some point that you stated The Fault in Our Stars is a very personal book for you. Would this have anything to do with your former occupation in a hospital? If not, how so is The Fault in Our Stars personal to you?

If you could please answer I would really appreciate your time. Thanks.

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Maya J. Dworsky February 27, 2015 at 12:41 pm

Dear John Green,

I recently read The Fault in Our Stars and thought it was an excellent book that deals with serious and important issues in a respectful, intelligent and even entertaining way. Your work is helping young adults deal with, as well as think about illness and ableism in a society that so often chooses to ignore or romanticize such unsavory matters.

There is one issue, however, that I felt the novel did not sufficiently address: Monica’s choice to leave Isaac.

In your novel, Monica’s decision to abandon Isaac goes unexamined from her perspective – while Hazel does tell Isaac that his going blind “was not nice”, we are left with a distinct impression of Monica’s selfishness and betrayal. In the Q&A section of this website you claim that Hazel’s empathic nature drove her to try and understand Monica, but aside from that one line, Monica is presented as merely a disloyal person. You also mention the scene in which Augustus and Isaac egg her car as humorous, but it was this scene especially that made me feel Monica’s overt vilification. It also made me a little sick to my stomach. Her mother’s reaction felt unrealistic; if Monica had been someone I loved, I would feel justified in rebuking Isaac – this was an act of hatred, an act designed to hurt, and dickishness is not a cancer perk.

Towards the end of the book when Hazel dedicates herself entirely to Augustus’s illness, we are shown a more realistic reaction on her parents’ part: they are worried about her. This is solved by Hazel’s insistence that Augustus will be gone soon. Would the situation be different if Augustus’s and Hazel’s suffering had no “convenient” expiration date?

I had hoped to present my argument in a less public setting, but I have found no other way to contact you, so I will keep my personal experiences brief and vague. Suffice it to say that as a teenager, I too had a great love, who, several years into our relationship, was diagnosed with a debilitating (but not immediately fatal) illness. After two years of misery and hospitals, guilt and drug trials, I chose to heed the advice of those who loved me and ended the relationship. This was by far the hardest decision of my life and has left a sadness in me that ebbs but never fully recedes, like ground water. I will love this person for the rest of my life, but more importantly, I will have a life that includes more than just pain, anger, and helplessness. Does wanting a chance at happiness make me a bad person? Your readers seem subtly encouraged to think so.

In closing, I wish to restate that I really did enjoy the book and look forward to reading the others you’ve written. It is because you seem so intelligent and insightful that I am driven to ask these questions. You’ve referred to Monica as a voiceless character, so I hope you understand my need to use mine. I also hope you really do read these comments and even reply to those who would most benefit from it despite your undoubtedly busy life.

Thank you for your time and work,
Maya J. Dworsky

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Rocio Cano February 27, 2015 at 9:45 pm

The book the fault in our stars is a very good book and we left the message that we must move forward and there is always something good in the way that we enjoy and live with all nuestran soul but also at some point that happiness becomes sad, but the best memories with us in the i walk.
I recommend it.
From Rocio , Argentina.
Very good book of John Green.

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Maryrose Pergis February 28, 2015 at 8:37 am

I love it. Poor Gus though. I can’t get Hazel and Gus out of my mind.

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