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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Lecyca Curiel October 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Finished it yesterday and I just loved the book! I live in the Netherlands. It was strange to read how American people can enjoy the little thing that are so normal for me her in the Netherlands. I loved the way it’s written and it totally changed the way I think about cancer. It’s really my favorite book!!

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Samantha Johnston October 14, 2012 at 1:58 am

This book is absolutely incredible- to say the least. It is officially my favourite book. I love the writing, and the fact I could laugh while I cried! I recommend it to everyone!

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Katie October 14, 2012 at 11:59 pm

I just finished reading it and I am still sobbing! Great book and very inspiring. As a cancer survivor, this book was very easy to relate to, I felt like Hazel was one of my best friends! You are a great author and i cant wait to read more of your books!

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Moon October 16, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Finished it on Saturday but I wasn’t quite ready to let it go so I just started rereading it. It’s easily one of my most favourite books ever, it’s just so beautifully written and I love everything about it. It’s everything I hoped it’d be and more. DFTBA.

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Anna October 16, 2012 at 7:49 pm

This is my absolute favorite book, by my absolute favorite author. Even though I don’t have to go through the same difficulties as Gus and Hazel (cancer), I can relate to most everything that happens. John Green captured exactly what its like to be a teenager*. Thank you so much for writing such an amazing novel, it truly changed my life.

*note: He does this in all of his other books, as well.

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Teresa October 17, 2012 at 5:42 am

I absolutely love this book. I can’t count how many times I’ve cried and laughed throughout the novel. I love Augustus and Hazel. Thank you for such a wonderful novel. I hope you’d write more amazing novels. God bless and more power.

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Jacqueline October 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm

This book captivates me. There is such a raw truth of humanity underlined through every page. I simply could not put it down!

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Natalie October 19, 2012 at 1:38 am

Its currently 12:34 am and I just flipped through the last page of the 318 pages that make up The Fault in our Stars. First, I want to say thank you. I’ve read hundreds of books in my short 16 years of life and yet this is the first time I’ve ever wanted to write to an author. I’m a total book worm so you should feel special. Everything you could possibly want in a book is literally in this book. I laughed at the sarcasticness of Hazel and found myself falling in love with Agustus. Twords the end, I had to wipe away tears but at the very end all I could do was smile. And that means so much more than you think.

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Bea October 19, 2012 at 11:41 am

John, what happens to Hazel?

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Maria October 19, 2012 at 9:10 pm

I read it in two days.. I can’t handle all these feelings. Such a great book.

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Larry Leeds October 20, 2012 at 1:42 am

I could barely get through the first chapter. The writing, especially the dialogue, was forced and uncompelling. Some reviews suggest one needs to wade through the first few chapters because the end is “so moving.” Well-take any highly charged subject like cancer, make the victim a kid (another highly charged subject), mix in thoughts of life and death and coping, and you will always have some people in tears regardless of how poor the writing is. For this book to be one’s favorite suggests a poor reading schedule.

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Ariana October 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I highly disagree with you. His writing is not forced nor uncompelling. You do not understand the thought, the effort, and the feelings that burst through this book. I love and absolutely adore reading; leaving me with very strong and opinionated thoughts about beautiful pieces of literature, such as this. Poor reading schedule? Ha. What books have you read that so magnificently outshine this one? I hope this makes you rethink and reread The Fault in Our Stars with a better and open mind.

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Natalie October 28, 2012 at 4:15 am

Then say I have a poor reading schedule (which I probably do considering it consists of Harry Potter and Charles Dickens).
Love always,
Natalie

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Natalie October 28, 2012 at 4:22 am

One last thing. Let us take into consideration that you are probably a man in your 40s. Since this book is an adolescent novel, correct me if I’m worng, aren’t the most important critics adolescents. Just a thought.
Love always,
Natalie

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Rob November 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I’m a man in my 40s, and I can’t get this book out of my head. It was beautifully written, compelling, and contained some of the finest sentences I have ever read. It’s not this commenter’s age that is the problem. Perhaps it is his “reading schedule”.

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Genevieve November 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm

You probably think that the twilight saga holds the secret to life. I personally think it’s sad and pathetic that you have nothing better to do than post hate on a page about a book like this one that explores and shows cold harsh reality, and as for the poor reading schedule I read and wrote an essay on to kill a mockingbird when I was 9 years old.

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C November 11, 2012 at 6:13 pm

I’ve read Fitzgerald, Salinger, Shakespeare, Tolkien, Lewis, Plath, and many other, and with all of this knowledge of what truly makes a remarkable author I feel John Green is the best contemporary of my geneneration. His commentary on the human condition is compelling and honest, in TFiOS and LFA as well. You can feel however you want about this book, Larry, but please be a polite human being and don’t mock the “reading schedules” of those who can actually see the deeper meaning behind the book.

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Bethany October 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I wish I could say something about this book like, “Ohmygosh, it’s so fabulous, so inspiring! It made me view cancer in a completely different way.” etc. etc. However I can’t do that. The only thing I can currently say about this book, is that it made me even more convinced than I was before, that cancer sucks. Truly, horribly sucks, and there is no rhyme nor reason for this level of suck-itude. I can’t even congratulate you for representing cancer truthfully, as the truth is often superfluous to writers and this book is a work of fiction. But what you did John Green, the talent you possess, is such that when I read about Hazel and Augustus – they were real. I laughed with them, disagreed with them, prayed for them and grieved with them. Because you made them real for me. So bravo John. Bravo.

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Alana October 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm

This was honestly the best book I’ve ever read. It’s so powerful and moving. I cried many many times. Augustus and Hazel’s relationship is so perfect, and the characters are so perfect. This is my favorite book ever, and I’ve decided to reread it. Thank you Mr. John Green. Thank you.

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Holly Marie October 20, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Stunning, beautiful, touching.

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Hazim Hashrim October 21, 2012 at 3:36 am

I just finished the books a few hours later and the ending is such a great huge mind blowing puzzle that I can’t solve it myself. I would love to know what actually happen to Hazel Grace, did she die or live like normal people and the only thing make her different is her cancer. Did Isaac live too? Did Peter Van Houten write a sequel to An Imperial Affliction. If you want to find me on my twitter : @Hazimeow and I’m a Malaysian

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Grazie October 21, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Just finished the book! It was amazing, and I fell completely in love with Hazel and Augustus’ story. Your characters are believable and now, at least for me, beloved.

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Kate October 22, 2012 at 6:37 pm

This book has honestly changed my view on life. I never realized how good I had it until witnessing such tragedy through Hazel Grace’s eyes. I fell in love, broke my heart, cried a hundred times, and smiled even more as I read this book. It was the first John Green book I have ever read and I just purchased another! So excited to start reading :)

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Jasmine October 23, 2012 at 12:08 am

“OH MY GOD WHAT IS THIS” basically summarizes it. Too many Hazel feelings. Too many Augustus feelings. Too many Isaac feelings. I even had Monica feelings. Everything is just perfect. Thank you, John Green. You have no idea how much your books have changed me!

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Melissa October 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Simply amazing. Simply beautiful. Simply simple, but simply complicated. Simply simple.

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Nicole October 25, 2012 at 5:45 am

Thank you John Green

That book was quite simply marvelous. The number of deep and amazing quotes and metaphors throughout the book just topped the outstanding and moving story that is underneath. I managed to read it in a day, as I just couldn’t put it down. Completely changed my view on life. Thank you.

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Cate Westfall October 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm

My dad sent this book to me after he had read it. It is the most beautifully written love story I’ve ever come across. I find myself enjoying the little things in life a little more. I can only hope to have such a love of my own one day.

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Tiffany October 25, 2012 at 11:50 pm

This was my first John Green novel, and it’s the first book that I didn’t want to put down in ove 2 years! It made me want to keep reading, and I decided to look up what the vlogbrothers were. Now I know what they are and started watching the videos from the very beginning. Love them and this book is my favorite book I have ever read! Now I need to get my hands on all of his other books!

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DyDy January 27, 2014 at 12:52 am

I love Russell + Hazel. My binder is oragne but it’s worn out. Nearest Target is across the border though… Maybe I can cover mine with some lovely oragne canvas I have. :-D

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Ma Antoinette Soriano October 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Thank you John Green. Thank you for this book.

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Independence January 26, 2014 at 8:58 am

Your’s is a point of view where real inlgitleence shines through.

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www.fictioninscience.com February 18, 2014 at 7:15 am

That hits the target perfectly. Thanks!

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www.car-insurance-4u.com March 24, 2014 at 4:56 am

The genius store called, they’re running out of you.

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Gillian Go October 27, 2012 at 5:39 am

Amazing book.

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Ana October 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm

This book was just great!!! I finished it in record time and the story was exactly what I have been looking in a book. It is my first book by the author but I will continue to read the rest of his books. Thanks for this great read!

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Helena' October 28, 2012 at 12:26 am

Jesus you made me believe that the characters were real, like, they were alive… thank you so much,
helena (12)

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Natalie October 28, 2012 at 4:10 am

Okay, first of all, I absolutely loved the book, fantastic writing (though I’m sure you’ve heard that so many times.) Second, being the curious creature that I am, I was looking through the beginning pages and saw to Esther Earl. I knew Esther Earl had to be someone important to you, so I googled her. I looked at her website which led to watching her videos which led to hystarically crying. Anyway, Esther is a great person (although I’m sure you already know that) and she (and you) have truely inspired me, Rest In Awesome. Also, I am an actress (not famous yet but committed) and I would love to portray Hazel in the movie, though I am only 14 and the actress who would be Hazel would typically be over 18 (due to movie ages and that kind of stuff.) I am aware no one (except maybe Esther) would fit you’re mental image of Hazel, but I would try very hard to come pretty damn close. On a different note, I am glad you wrote this book for you truely have a way with words.
Love always,
Natalie

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Carmen October 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I started reading the book and then I couldn’t stop. It catches you, Its totally amazing, romantic and sad. I can laugh, scream and cry with this book. I am still not over this book I wont be. I am not over Augustus deaths, John Green obviously wanted me so suffer with this book. I hate living in a world without Augustus. I love the fault in our stars, my favorite book so far. AMAZING.

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Emily October 29, 2012 at 3:54 am

I started reading this book on Wednesday afternoon. I finished it Thursday night. It has outshone every positive comment that I’ve been told, I’ve never laughed or cried so much over a book nor have I laughed so much whilst crying! by far the best book I’ve ever read and has taken the top spot as my favourite! Thank you John Green!

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James October 29, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Did you base Peter on J.D. Salinger

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Janice Tan October 31, 2012 at 6:56 am

The fault in our stars is one of the very little books that i really like and appreciate. It made me see another perspective of life and of love. ‘Twas a great read indeed. :)

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Jess Loeffler November 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Dear John Green,
I would just like to say that I rather hate you. But not really hate. Just mostly hate the ending of this wonderful, horribly sad book. However I enjoyed it thoroughly, and I now plan on devouring the rest of your books (metaphorically, not literally. that would be bad) I would like to say that I had to physically restrain myself from crying, as I was in English class…..and Science…and even a bit of Spanish. I apologize for saying that I hated you, I don’t, I just had (excuse the fangirl tumblr reference) so many feels after reading this book. It. Was. Amazing. And I have now been officially inducted into Nerdfighteria.
So I guess I wrote this to say “Thank You for writing this amazing book, but it was so sad that I want to go home and become a burrito of sadness.”
That is all.

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Alexandra Day November 2, 2012 at 10:27 am

Like Hazel’s facebook comment I am well aware that this will be washed away in the flood of praise and love for this book. But alas I continue. I have recently met the most amazing boy in the world, like my own personal Augustus. It started with a rollercoaster and ended with a conumdrum. When we first met we spent nearly two hours discussing the metaphorical roller coaster. My middle name is Grace, as well, so he calls me Alexandra Grace. Your book as truly changed me. I haven’t cried that hard in a very, very long time. I was violently sobbing and dry heaving. I have read it a thousand times and still cry every time. It is so beautifully written and the characters are just perfect. You have brought me and this wonderful Lost Boy, together. And filled me with question, feelings and bizzare emotional attachments to fiction characters. So thank you John Green, for teaching me to just breathe.

Keep The Faith.

~Always Leaves Love Alexandra

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Teddie Stewart November 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I just finished this book. Its amazing and made me think of things in a new way. I loved it and I want to read it over and over again. It made me cry about 5 times and just made me think about how much I take for granted and all I have to think about when I’m upset is, at least I don’t have cancer.

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Jill November 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I love TFiOS! :D It’s changed my life forever.

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Elena November 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm

The Fault in Our Stars is the best book I’ve ever read, and that list is very long. I just finished it, balling while that happened, and now i want to start the book over again.and over again. Thank you for making such an amazing book.
p.s. I hope one day i will get my own Augustus

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Lilly November 3, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I am in L.O.V.E. with this book. It is literally the best book I have ever ever ever ever ever ever ever read. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it. 5 out of 5 starts.

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Ana November 4, 2012 at 12:00 am

I am in love with this book im like hazel and an imperial affliction i have read this book thousands of times, every time a see a cigarette it reminds me of Augustus and every singel time i get to chapter twenty one in blubbering like a baby i have also considered that my first tattoo will say “Some Infinities Are Bigger Than Other Infinities” im in love with this book thank you so much for this amazing/awesome/great/every good compliment that occurs to you… i hope i get my Augustus Waters minus the cancer you know

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Kayla November 4, 2012 at 12:35 am

This is by far my favorite book of all time. The story is amazing and I could read it every day for the rest of my life and never get sick of it. Truly amazing.

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Erika November 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm

…thank you. Really. I can say that this book and Looking for Alaska let me grow up a bit every day. I’m like Hazel and Imperial Affliction, I LOVE LOVE LOVE these books. I want to say that Alaska Young, Miles Halter, Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace Lancaster are my heroes for different motivations, that’s obvious. They will be always in my heart, the taught me a lot. So…thank you so so so so much.
And, YES, I’m a bit in love with Augustus. I hope one day I will find a boy similar August.
Okay, stop. But…another thank you. THANK YOU JOHN GREEN, YOU’RE AN AWESOME HUMAN.
With love and a lot of feelings, Erika. (I’m an italian girl, sorry for the mistakes. My english isn’t so good.)

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Sarah November 4, 2012 at 3:06 pm

This was literally the best book I have ever read. I’ve read over 300 books so far, I’m sure of that. It happens always that I get absorbed in a book, but The Fault in Our Stars was different. It took me a day to finish it, no more than that. I couldn’t leave it, not even to eat. I kept reading on and on. It made me smile, laugh, cry, go blank, get into deep thoughts, but what makes me sure that it is the greatest book I have ever read is that the minute I closed it, it was like a part of my life was over. This did happen with some books, but not in the same way. I know that this book has changed my perspective of viewing death, and I think it is making me look differently at the situation in which one of my friends is suffering from cancer. Right now, I am still wondering if I will EVER read a book as good as this, but I don’t think there can be one! So, to sum this up, thank you John Green for sharing those beautiful words with the world!

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D November 4, 2012 at 6:42 pm

I just got a signed copy of TFiOS!!!!! SOOO excited to read it.. For the third time.

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Alyssa November 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm

I started this book Thursday night and, with nothing to due because hurricane sandy took my power, i read this is 4 hours. This was such a great book. I cried, and laughed. It’s just such a wonderful read.

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Maddie November 4, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Dear John,
I am a 14 year old girl who lives in Muncie. I just finished reading this book after starting it this afternoon, and I can honestly say it is my new favorite book. But I’m not here to go on and on about that. I’m here to, from the bottom of my heart, truly thank you.
You see, my best friend has cancer. She’s battling leukemia and neuroblastoma. This book didn’t give me like a new view on cancer; it gave me a new respect for the people fighting it. I mean, obviously I knew what my friend felt physically, after all the chemo and everything. But after that, I got a better grip on how she truly feels. I don’t know if you’ve known someone who has had cancer, but what you said in that book was so amazingly honest.
But I’m rambling. Anyway, Mr. Green, I just want to thank you so so so much. I know you probably won’t read this, but I closed that book today with a million new perspectives on as many things. Once again, thank you immensely.
Your loving fan,
Maddie(:

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ThemistakenWritter19 November 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Dear John,
The fault in our stars is the first book I have read by you and I must say it is an amazing book. You are an amazing writer. I will be honest with you I was very confused with reading this book because I am more into reading horror and mysteries. My best friend showed me your book and somehow convinced me to read just one paragraph and immediately capavated(sp) by the words on the page. I have never cried form any book or movie and neither has my friend she gave me one warring and that was “don’t fall for Gus” and you know what I fell for him now I’m stuck on chapter 20 and iv been stuck there for 4 months because I’m too scared for Gus to not make it . I am finally deicing to read the rest of the book because a good friend of mine just survived lung cancer and I found the strength to read the rest of your amazing book. In my own opinion your writing is amazing as Stephen King, Eger Allen Poe, and James Patterson.

Sincerely , TheMistakenWritter19

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Maddie Gliosci November 6, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I haven’t even this finished this book and I am already in love. This is truly one of the greatest books I have read. John Green is such an amazing author. Paper Towns was amazing and this is the second one I am reading. I cannot wait to read the rest. John’s writing style really makes me happy to read again.

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Lynne November 6, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Just before I read this book, a very dear friend of mine, died of cancer. After years of fighting, she committed euthanasia, I was there when it happened. I thought I understood, although I was still kind of mad and frustrated. But now, I get it. For some reason, this book opened my eyes for the world and for how she must have felt like. I think I understand the things we did and felt back then better. I stood up again, and made something of this beautiful life I have been given. Because not everyone has such luck.
Thank you John, for writing, helping and being John.

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Mitzi November 7, 2012 at 2:18 am

Just finished the book and it has easily become my favorite book. I saw a friend with one of the signed copies and was very interested in it, so I asked her about it. This was a while ago, and I had been wanting to have a good book to read since I hadn’t had this in a while. At a bookstore a few days ago I saw this book and immediately picked it up. I was looking for a good book but I found an incredible book that doesn’t follow the mold of young adult books. It makes you laugh and makes you cry and makes you love it more and more with every flip of the page. Thank you John Green for this amazing book!

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Amelia November 7, 2012 at 8:56 pm

This book is amazing! Absolutely brilliant. I cant suggest a better book. Thank you so much John for this book!!!!

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Sophia November 7, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I finished the book not to long a go and I love the way it was written. I haven’t read a book this wonderful and inspiring in such a long time. I could relate to ever word, my favorite book hands down.

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