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The Fault in Our Stars

By John Green

Now a Major Motion Picture

TODAY Book Club pick

TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012

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

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.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

 


 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. In what ways does Augustus’s introduction to Hazel’s world complicate matters for her? How does their relationship profoundly change her life?

2. Augustus inquires about Hazel’s background and tells her, “Don’t tell me you’re one of those people who becomes their disease.” In what ways do Augustus, Hazel, and Isaac fight to keep cancer from defining who they are?

3. Though her all-time favorite book is An Imperial Affliction, Hazel shares that she doesn’t like telling people about it because “there are books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.” What do you believe she means by this statement? Have you ever had a personal connection with a work of art? If so, what was it about the work that “spoke” to you?

4. Compare the parent/child relationships in the story: Hazel and her parents and Augustus and his parents. To what extent are the relationships of these characters shaped by the world around them? To what extent do their relationships shape that world?

5. Considering Hazel’s and Augustus’s perspectives, in what ways is The Fault in Our Stars a story about things that have been lost? What does each of them find along the way?

John Green

John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of LOOKING FOR ALASKA, AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES, PAPER TOWNS, WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON (with David Levithan), and THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. John was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers (youtube.com/vlogbrothers), one of the most popular online video projects in the world. 

John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.

http://johngreenbooks.com/