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The Fault in Our Stars

By: John Green
Narrated by: Kate Rudd, John Green, Laura Grafton
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Editorial review

By Madeline Anthony, Audible Editor


Reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a young adult canon event that I would like to see continue from now until the end of time. Experiencing this story is as pivotal and thought-provoking as any awkward prom or messy first love. And much like the aforementioned events, this novel is likely to pull you apart while simultaneously healing you from the inside out—all the while making you laugh, cry, and generally feel more than you had realized was humanly possible.

I was first introduced to John Green in high school, when a girl I thought was unbelievably cool gave me her copy of Looking for Alaska. I devoured it in four days. The novel left me craving more of Green—his earnestness, his heart, his ability to make readers long to live inside his imagined worlds. The Fault in Our Stars was up next on my John-Green-binge-list, and I figured I was amply prepared for the experience, having just finished a tearjerker like Alaska. But alas, just as for every school dance, I wasn’t nearly as ready as I thought I was.

The Fault in Our Stars is, simply put, a total and complete sobfest—for all the right reasons. There isn’t melodrama simply for the sake of intrigue or death and tragedy to fill a sucker-punch quota. The story, which follows a pair of terminally ill teenagers as they meet and fall in love, is much more than your run-of-the-mill adolescent romance. You’ll immediately root for the two main characters, Hazel and Augustus, from the moment they meet at a support group for teens battling cancer. Both are wise beyond their years, the product of being forced to reckon with their own mortality at an age when most kids are only navigating high school. But they are also both teenagers, plain and simple, and it is in this juxtaposition that the story flourishes. The tale brings existential realities—things like the fragility of human life, the everyday acts we take so much for granted—and the deeply restorative power of love, in all of its many forms, front and center.

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Publisher's summary

The beloved, #1 global bestseller by John Green, author of The Anthropocene Reviewed and Turtles All the Way Down

“John Green is one of the best writers alive.”—E. Lockhart, #1 bestselling author of We Were Liars

“The greatest romance story of this decade.″—Entertainment Weekly

#1 New York Times Bestseller • #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller • #1 USA Today Bestseller • #1 International Bestseller

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.

From John Green, #1 bestselling author of The Anthropocene Reviewed and Turtles All the Way Down, The Fault in Our Stars is insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw. It brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

©2012 John Green (P)2022 Listening Library

Critic reviews

“Damn near genius . . . The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it’s also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness.”—Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine

“This is a book that breaks your heart—not by wearing it down, but by making it bigger until it bursts.”—The Atlantic

“A story about two incandescent kids who will live a long time in the minds of the readers who come to know them.”—People

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