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Shvoong Home>Books>Novels & Novellas>The Fault Is in Our Stars Review

The Fault Is in Our Stars

Book Review   by:patricianovak     Original Author: John Green
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The Fault is in Ours Stars is a novel written by American author John Green who was born in 1977 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Known as a writer of young adult novels, The Fault is in Ours Stars is John Green’s fourth solo book. The story is set in Indianapolis and focuses on sixteen year old Hazel Grace Lancaster who has terminal thyroid cancer which takes over her lungs. At the age of thirteen Hazel is withdrawn from school by her parents and as a consequence she becomes isolated and depressed. Recognising Hazel’s increasingly desperate state her parents force her to attend a cancer support group for young people. As the story unfolds Hazel tells of her life, emotional journey and relationship with her parents, friends and members of the support group, in particular her boyfriend Augustus. Augustus is a seventeen year old whose cancer is in remission however he is an amputee as a consequence of his illness. He is a young man who refuses to allow his cancer to overtake his life and he helps Hazel to live rather than let her cancer consume her.


Although the subject matter of this book is rather depressing the book itself is not and John Green enables the reader to look beyond the cancer and see a normal young girl who has needs and interests, the same as any other. This is not a book about how a young girl fights this dreadful disease it is about teenagers and their relationships. Hazel’s relationship with Augustus is particularly important and their interactions bring humour and wit to what could be a very depressing story.

Published: April 09, 2012   
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