The Fault In Our Stars

The #1 New York Times bestseller that Time Magazine called “damn near genius,” The Fault in Our Stars is the story of Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters, two Indianapolis teenagers who meet at a Cancer Kid Support Group.

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Reviews

“Green’s best and most ambitious novel to date. 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

The Movie Rights

…have been optioned by the nice people at Fox 2000.

In Other Languages

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

You can buy The Fault in Our Stars at your local independent bookstore, Indiebound, B&N, Amazon, or wherever books are sold.

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Cécile April 22, 2014 at 12:59 pm

When I first bought the book it was because I heard it of it a lot. When I started reading it I couldn’t stop and so I finished the book in 2 hours. Kept on crying. Felt something I haven’t felt before. Not to mention that before reading this book, I never took Cancer seriously.. But now it’s like I lived what every person with cancer had lived. By far it’s my favorite book and It’s really amazing. Although, I wish I could know what happened to Hazel.. Did she die ?
Looking forward to reading Looking For Alaska <3

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Heather Galloway April 22, 2014 at 1:14 pm

This is a review by one of my students who read this book as a part of a “Modern Classic” book challenge that I assigned for my Pre-AP students. I wanted to share it because I think you should know what impact your book has on young people. I, myself, loved the book, but I think not to the extent of this student. I’m just so much older than her! and it does make a difference. Still, this response to your book (including the errors in her writing) demonstrate the awesome power of literature. Thank you for what you do. Here’s the review:

Everything relating to The Fault in our Stars by John Green had to do with teens. And he did an amazing job of it. The story is about two teens with cancer who fall in love in an interesting way. While written as a somewhat normal romantic love story, it involves elements that give the book so much more thought, not even relating to romance. There are articles in the book that are so interesting and deep that they could have papers written just for clarification about the topic, if clarification is even possible. Yet it manages to not stay too far off course of just the normal life of a somewhat normal life of a girl with cancer.
Hazel Grace Lancaster is 16 throughout the story. She was diagnosed at 13 with something in her lungs and now requires oxygen, has always been terminal. She is an only child, has two devoted parents and other than that, almost no human contact. Hazel got her GED and is attending classes at the local community college, otherwise she only gets out to attend cancer support group. Augustus, or Gus, Waters is 17 and had some kind of cancer in his leg, he now has a prosthetic, though it does very little to limit him. He used to be a basketball star, but lo and behold, you discover he hated playing. He is in school and comes to the support group with his friend Isaac. Isaac ends up blind due to his cancer, and is Hazel’s and Gus’ slightly left out best friend. The setting is Indiana, to us just a random state, not at all related to the other location, Amsterdam. The theme is could be love, hate, acceptance, ect. Many themes are in the story, as there are many problems Hazel faces. The author’s style is laid back and easy. It is not full of long pages of confusing words, but more talking. There is more happening in the story described through what they say, rather than what they do.
The most intriguing aspect of The Fault in our Stars is the simple phrases or sentences that can start a whole argument on what they mean. Its like the answer to life the universe and everything. Yet, not 42. Things like, “I fear oblivion” one of the first things said by Augustus, it is immediately a memorable quote and it sets you thinking about oblivion. How everything is large and scary. In my position I feel as if John has found the words to describe how I feel. How everyone does, actually. There cannot be a human who has never had a fear just thinking of the future and life and death. What is death? Where is death and how does it feel. It is the oblivion, the space and time that is out there yet we know nothing about.
When Hazel and Gus are flying to Amsterdam, they decide to watch a movie. The movie ends up being 300, some ancient Greece war movie, I think. There is a possibly more meaningful use to this scene though, as Gus’ movie begins first. No matter what they try, Gus’ movie is always a second ahead of Hazel’s, this can also been seen as his life. Gus is older, he was born first. He also will die first. His beginning and end are both before Hazel’s, and the movie is a foreshadowing of his death.
“This is not a pipe.” This is my favorite quote in the entire book. It has nothing to do with cancer, or teenagers. It is all about abstract. Hazel has a shirt that says ‘this is not a pipe’ in some other language (French? Latin?). Above the saying is a picture of a pipe, yet no pipe. Theres some food for thought. It relates in no way to the story, yet this quote is something that sticks from the book. It just makes you realize the artiness of life. The simplest things can make the biggest deal all depending on how we look at them, and this is one of the best. It defies sense. Its makes no sense and most would just be confused as to what the shirt means. I love it so much though.
Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. True or false? True! This is what Mr. Van Houten says when questioned about the lives of his characters in his book An Imperial Affliction. And at first it barely makes sense, what does that mean? In some ways its true, as explained by John in the authors notes. The numbers between 0 and 1 and infinite. The numbers between 0 and 2 are infinite. Yet the amount between 1 and 2 are so much… I can’t even explain it, I am not John Green. Just kidding. It is false, because infinity is infinity and you can get larger than infinity, so the distance from 0 to 2 can not be larger than from 0 to 1. But I’m really not smart enough to explain it better or make sense of it better. And that is what makes it so great in the book. There is no better way to describe the crazy things then put them in a book that makes no sense.
Part of this book is that it is a book about a book. John created a story AIA and included it in another story TFIOS. In TFIOS, Mr. Van Houten explains something that has never crossed my mind before. When asked what happened to Anna’s family in AIA, he says nothing happens. Thats the end, they are not alive, they have not story after that, they cease to exist. Cease to exist. Never in my life have I read a book and afterwards the characters cease to exist, they always remain. They come up later, they have thoughts of their own when I think What Would so-and-so Do? In Van Houten’s world they never existed and no longer matter after the story is done. They never grow up, they never die, the people are frozen in time. And that hurts honestly. Its as if a friend has frozen. Gone from living and breathing beside you, to suddenly they are only a picture on a page. Good bye friends, see you never. Unless another book is written about them. Gus and Hazel are always going to remain in my memory, I will probably make up numerous scenarios of different things that happen to Hazel in her life. She is not dead to me though. Just no.
Until they have read it, a human could not manage to fathom the immenseness that is The Fault in our Stars. It creates a new world that understand teenagers, yet written by an adult. It connects to those with cancer, even though John does not have cancer. And it sympathizes with everyone that has ever lost a love one, it has the very feelings that you feel, but written on a page. Yet not written on the page, written between the lines. Hidden and felt but not really there. It is a wonderful book, I cannot explain the feeling and understanding in the story.
~I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up, my friend~

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Tessa Dalion April 22, 2014 at 1:38 pm

I really don’t know what to say about this book. It has done beautiful and terrible things to me. I’m still in recovery from reading this book and I would like it to stay like that. Because, if I ever forget this book or what kind of impact it has on me than I will not be able to die happy.

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Louise Willis April 22, 2014 at 2:50 pm

thefaultinourstars-uk literally changed my life. I can’t even begin to fathom how amazing it is and how much is personally means to me. I know I don’t stand a shot at this but I am not going stop fighting for it! I adore the book like nothing else, I could read it over and over and over. I cried when it was announced it was coming out in the cinemas – literally, I wept – I remember first reading the book. I was in Lanzarote and I remember reading “I lit up like a Christmas tree, Hazel Grace” and just completely breaking down (the woman who worked there had to ask me if I was alright). John Green has this way of writing the characters so well that you actually fall in love with them (and yes I do believe you can fall madly in love with fictional characters, I did). When chapter 21 happened I was breathless, I felt what Hazel Grace Lancaster felt, I was part of the story. I adore how it’s not just your typical love story that ends after the death, it proves that there is life after death and it will get better and life will go on, love does not end with death. I remember the trailer first coming out, just out the shower, soaking wet, towel turban on and I literally screamed when I seen it… I cried at the green screen at the very start because I just knew what was coming. I am so utterly in love with what @fishingboatproceeds has created for every single one of us and for that I am eternally grateful. I just hope that he knows what he has created and that his book(s) has probably saved lives because I know for sure it made my life a whole lot easier. The book is my safe place, when I’m feeling down I just pick it up and flick through or search the tag on tumblr, any way to just live alongside my favourite characters. Books are for life, they are infinite. The Fault in our Stars is the definition of an eternal saga of love, friendship, bravery, devotion, strength and truths. It is timeless, I could read it over and over and over if I could (I’ve made it 4 times in one day). The Fault in our Stars shows that love is unexpected, wonderful, beautiful and love doesn’t die with the people involved, it lives on. Hazel and Gus’ love lives on in every single person who has read the book (or who will see the movie but I still think they should read to book too!). I want my Augustus Waters (I’ll happily take Ansel as my own). I don’t think a day has gone by when I’ve not watched the trailer – and cried – or I’ve not thought about the story. It’s so beautiful on so many ways, like Shailene even said, it’s a love story about two kids with cancer but it’s not about cancer. The relationship between Hazel Grace and Augustus is so pure and the devotion they show towards each other is just utterly captivating, they would go to the end of the Earth for one another and you can just tell that it’s not just some high school sweetheart story, that is true love and I don’t think you could give a better example of true love than that of Hazel and Gus. We can all have our little infinities no matter who we are, joy can not be limited. This book is a part of me. All of this doesn’t even begin to describe what The Fault in our Stars means to me. My glasses has tears on them even just writing this and my keyboard is a little tear soaked (whooooooooooops). The excitement of reading this book (or any of fishingboatproceeds books) never ever fades, it’s eternal. I can feel the butterflies in my stomach when I read it, my favourite parts (like “Hump the moist cave wall” or “Lonely, Vaguely Pedophilic Swing Set Seeks the Butts of Children”) and even the sad parts (“I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.” and the ”I lit up like a christmas tree, Hazel Grace”), every single line fills me with more joy and love for the story and the characters with every time I read it. I get withdrawal symptoms when I don’t have my book, my friend has it now and I actually miss it. I miss my book. This book inspires me in so many different ways, it’s made me appreciate life for what it is. This opportunity would literally make me, I couldn’t even imagine how happy it would make me to be blessed with such an amazing opportunity. I’d just be walking around, box of tissues in hand mopping up the happy tears that pour out my eye sockets like the Niagara falls (don’t let that put you off, I’d cry quietly, promise). I now realise that I am now beginning to write an essay on The Fault in our Stars and I’m well over the 800 word mark. Do I care? No, I can’t say I do care that I’m compiling an essay on my love for The Fault in our Stars. Why does my mother not have any tissues in this house?! The album has been pre-ordered and I just ugh… I’m getting speechless thinking about this movie. To see the book come to life on screen is just a whole new experience for me, I can’t even start to think how fishingboatproceeds must feel, heavens he must be emotional. I can’t wait to see Hazel and Gus sipping stars in Amsterdam and the trio hurling eggs at the car and literal heart of Jesus come to life, I want to see Philip! I feel so lucky blessed to be part of this little infinity that is The Fault in our Stars. The almighty book God that is John Green has sent the angel of books to inspire and shape a generation of people. His books make us laugh, cry and they link people together. John Green creates friendship through “scratches on a page”. I hope he knows how much he is loved and appreciated by millions, not just for The Fault in our Stars but for all his other angel books too (Looking For Alaska, Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherine’s, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, etc). So anyway, I can tell that you are all fed up with me by now, so I’ll wrap it up with a nice little bow for you. I am part of this little infinity and I would love to be part of this opportunity, so thank you John Green and thank you to everyone involved in the creation of the masterpiece that is to come onto our big screens and shatter our souls in the way that every soul needs to be shattered. Your creation gave me, and millions of other people out there, a forever within the numbered days and I am grateful.
Okay?

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Madi Snyder April 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Dear Mr. Green,
My name is Madison Snyder and I’m 11 years old.
I absolutely loved “the fault in our stars.”
I was just wondering if you were going to make a 2nd “fault in our stars.”
It is my favorite book in the world and you are a amazing writer.

. ~Madi

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Malak el feki April 22, 2014 at 5:03 pm

The fault in our stars I’m my all time favorite book and you are may all time favorite author but you broke me and my heart Why did you kill him why it hurt really it does. Afte I finished tfios I couldn’t get out of bead for a week and Augustus had that affect on readers why did you do this id rather anyone else in the book die but him Isaac Peter or… I can’t believe I’m saying this but HAZEL. The book was awesome it made me cry it made me laugh it made me scared it was the best book I have ever read in my life and I’m not just saying this. But if you could have just thought about it a bit more. Mr green thank you for this amazing book I love you for writing it and doing such a good job but I hate you for killing him. But who cares it’s not like you are going to read this out of your other thousands of messages I know its stupid to even think that you will see this but I really hope you do. – Malak El Feki

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alexis April 22, 2014 at 5:53 pm

the fault in our stars is an indescribable book. Ive never had a book actually hook me in from the first page but this one did.Truly outstanding.John green really knows how to connect to his audience.

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alexis robles April 22, 2014 at 8:01 pm

i loved the book the fault in our stars. but like Hazel i dont get it why did the book end? what happens to hazel and her mom and dad? what about gus’s parents? does the author finish a sequel? why end the book when hazel questioned an affilition affair?

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Brianna April 22, 2014 at 9:06 pm

I read this book, like many other readers, because I’d heard about it so much. I loved every page of it, and I’ve never been an emotional person about much of any thing and this book made me cry. John Green, Sir, you need to write another one of these because I feel like the point was to stop in the middle like Peter Van Houten did. However, he decided to keep on writing and you should to! Good luck with your future projects, but please tell us what happens to our cancerous friend Hazel and the rest of the characters’ future lives!

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alice April 22, 2014 at 9:12 pm

wow the fault in our stars is a beautiful book. its so sad but so amazing. it has such a deep meaning and i have never read a book that has given me such emotional feeling like that. john green is the most amazing author and i cant wait to read his other books and im gonna cry so much when the movie comes out. just cant explain what an amazing book it is and i think i will think remember it all my life. its so cute and beautiful and sad and painful and an infinity of other things that make it so unbelievably . . . . i dont know. amazing. thank you john green you have changed my life.
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Kendall R. April 22, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Dear John,
Not sure if you read my last comment. Or if you will ever read this one. If you happen to read this, I once again want to thank you for your amazing writing. I have had many friends die of illness and this book really got to me. It may be wrong to say this, but in some way I feel a connection to Hazel. My friends say I remind them of her and they’re not sure why,

Thanks for everything,
Kendall R.

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Kayla April 22, 2014 at 9:53 pm

To John Green and other TFIOS fans,
When me and my mom were at Costco, we were walking past the book section. The thing that caught my eye was a bright blue book. I ran away from my mom to go check it out. It was the best day ever. I have found the answer to all of my prayers. Right away my mom said I could get it. I read it until we checked out our groceries. a girl who worked there said to me, “That is the best book I have ever read. You are going to love it. Next time you come, tell me how it is” Right away, I knew it was a good book. Now, I know I may be a little young to be reading this book. Well, I am 11 years old, but that does not madder. Some of my favorite books to read are about people around my age who learn to live with who they are. Such as Hazel. She just makes me laugh. Also, Agustus is the best. I almost started to cry when he died. He was my dream man. So, I really love this book. Me and my bestie are going to go see the movie when it comes out in June. we have to remember to bring a box of tissues with us. Also, I watch all of your videos on youtube. I am a sub too. So, John Green, please respond to my comment. You are one of the best authors ever. You just know how to make a real connection with your readers. You sure did with me.
Your reader,
Kayla

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Ann April 22, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Dear John,
Ok, I love The Fault In Our Stars it is such a good book and in fact it is the first book I have ever read by you which drew me in right away to wanting to read more. Your book taught me some fantastic and wonderful things! It taught me that no matter if you are sick, or different in any way you can always find a way to make the best out things and make your life worth living. And love can come and be found unexpectedly, you gave me the gift of loving to read. I’m in grade 7 and my class was all over The fault In Our Stars and I’m like I WANT TO READ IT I WANT TO READ IT!!! I was really happy that I finally bought it and read it and I read it within 2 days I could not put the book down. So thank you so much I am definitely reading more books of yours.
Love,
Ann

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Jay April 23, 2014 at 12:15 am

Dear John
To be completely honest I have avoided reading your books.

I’m a 16 year old girl and TFiOS has been advertised to me an infinite number of times since it hit the bookstores.

I tend to dislike Young Adult books as most of them exist in two categories:
-High School dramas stuffed with cliché characters and plots
-Intense action thrillers with the overused hero/heroin and their newfound love interest

So you can only imagine the surprise I felt when I finally submitted to my friends’ constant nagging that I should read this as well as your other works.

I’m sure you get this enough, but The Fault in Our Stars is different. It deviates from your average Young Adult novel and your average cancer novel.
It is a work of art that I am glad you shared with the world.

Best Wishes

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Najl Arif April 23, 2014 at 11:52 am

I wanna say that I just finished this book the reason I started reading was because I heard all my friends talking about it and I started wondering what is so amazing about this book.So I went to the bookstore and bought it and started reading and I just couldn’t stop reading… And when Gus died I cried so much I couldn’t stop and when I finished I started turning the pages and I noticed that it’s the end!! I wanna know what happened to Hazel and Isaac and Gus’s parents?! But mostly I wanna know what happens to Hazel?!!!

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Danielle April 23, 2014 at 11:58 am

Hello Mr. Green,

I just want to say something, you have inspired me. I watched you on youtube with my sister when you guys really started to become famous. When Looking For Alaska came out, my sister read it to me. I may only be 13, but I have realized something, don’t judge a person based on how they look, or how they talk. All your books taught me that. And “The Fault In Our Stars”, that book changed me forever. I have witnessed people dying from the same cancer that Augustus and Hazel Grace had, and it left me heart broken.But I know from your books that I need to stay strong. Thank you so much for being and inspiration to me John.

xx Danielle.

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