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The Fault in Our Stars

By: John Green

Green,John.The Fault in Our Stars.New York:The Penguin Group,2012.Print.

"Maybe okay will be our always." "Okay" I said." (Green,73)


The Fault in Our Stars is a young adult fiction book geared to teenage girls and some boys. The Fault in Ours Stars is an emotional, thrilling book about the life of a teeange girl named Hazel Grace, who has thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs and she will be living with it most of her life. She meets a boy named Augustus Waters at her cancer support group one day. At first Hazel doesn't know how she feels about Gus, but Gus sure knows how he feels about Hazel. This book takes you on a realistic journey not only of their story as "friends" but also in the life of a teenagers with cancer and how their lives are different and the same as ours. As Gus always says "I'm on a roller coaster that only goes up, my friend." ( Green,11).

John Green's Purpose:

John Green's purpose for writing The Fault in Our Stars was because he worked with children at a hospital with life-threatening illnesses for five months. Also he had lost a friend (Esther) to thyroid cancer which Hazel Grace has in the book. Green wanted people to understand more about cancer itself and how cancer works, because a lot of people don't understand unless they have had it themsleves what exactly cancer entails, and peoples lives are changed.

"There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There's .1 and .12 and .112 and infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infintes. A writer we used to like taught us like that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the sizes of my unbound set. I want more numbers than I am likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augutus Waters. But Gus..." (Green,260)

My review:

I felt the author's purpose for writing this was mostly achieved. I gather that people do understand more of what living with cancer is like in some sense. I do however feel people were more interested in Hazel and Gus's love story and just wanted to see what happened to them as a couple. I feel that it did make a lot of contributions to his purpose for all the medical terms that were used and day by day the things Hazel had to do with her oxygen tanks daily. John Green does a very good job at addressing cancer and all it entails very apporpriately. I like how John Green sort of puts you in the story with Hazel and Gus. I felt as a reader I was another friend or character watching this all play out from a third person point of view.

"It's a metaphor, see: You out the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don't give it the power to do it's killing." (Green,20)

external image john-green.01.31-PM.png About the Author:

John a green was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1977. He worked as a student chaplain at Nationwide Childrens hospital in Columbus, Ohio which inspired The Fault in Our Stars. Other projects Green is involved with are: Crash Course, Vlogsbrothers, Vidcon, Project for Awesome, and Mental Floss.

"You don't get to choose if you get just in this world... but you do have some day in who hurts you." (Green,313)

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