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The Fault in Our Stars

Independent Book Project Example

Kyla Smith

on 4 September 2012

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The Fault in Our Stars By John Green Summary Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumors in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind. Augustus Waters Hazel Grace 16, is the novel's narrator. She goes by Hazel, but Augustus (and sometimes his father) calls her "Hazel Grace". She is a thyroid cancer patient, having been diagnosed when she was 13. She is an only child, and fears what will happen to her parents' relationship after she dies. She is on a "miracle" drug that will lengthen her life by an indeterminable amount of time. She meets Augustus at a support group but does not initially want to pursue a relationship with him, as she wants to minimize the hurt that her death will cause. She has few friends, and prefers the company of books, particularly the fictional An Imperial Affliction, by Peter van Houten. Green stated in a vlog that he named her Hazel "because it's an in-between color and she has an in-between personality 17, is in remission. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at a young age and lost his right leg to the disease. He loves video games, in particular Counterinsurgence 2: The Price of Dawn and the novel versions of the game. He is initially intrigued by Hazel because of the physical similarities between her and his late girlfriend Caroline Mathers. Augustus uses his Wish (given to him by the Genies, a fictional version of the Make-A-Wish Foundation,) to take himself, Hazel, and her mother to Amsterdam to meet Peter van Houten. Isaac Augustus' best friend. He has eye cancer, and eventually loses his sight because of it. In the beginning of the novel, he is dating a girl named Monica, who dumps him shortly before Isaac goes blind. Isaac is devastated by this, and finds support in Augustus and Hazel. Peter Van Houten Is a recluse author whose first and only work, An Imperial Affliction, serves as the basis of most of Hazel's beliefs for both her life and relationship with Augustus. Peter has become a drunkard, and refuses to provide Hazel and Augustus with the answers they seek about his book unless they come to Amsterdam. He is obsessed with Swedish hip-hop group Afasi och Filthy. 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 “A pitch-perfect, elegiac comedy…it will linger long and hard in the minds of teens and former teens.” -USA Today Fictional Award The MMSC Award is a prestigious award given to books that have the capability to move the reader to tears. This award is not given out easily. There are few books that have this emotional power. The MMSC Award focuses on novels with strong, believable characters and a captivating plot.

The Fault in Our Stars should win the MMSC Award for several reasons. First, because of its well written characters. These characters are easy to relate to and are very intriguing. They have unique but familiar personalities which make them desirable to get to know. I also nominate this book because of its highly emotional moments. The Fault in Our Stars makes you feel an entire spectrum of emotions, often within a few pages. Due to the almost instant attachment you develop with the characters, the plot's twists and turns, and the emotion rich pages, this book is an excellent nomination for the MMSC Award. Recommendation I would recommend The Fault in Our Stars to Kate, one of the main characters in the book My Sister's Keeper. I would encourage her to read the book because of her similar experiences with cancer. Kate, a cancer patient, would be able to easily relate to the emotional highs and lows of having a relationship with a fellow cancer patient. Both Kate and Hazel have a very similar experience with their significant others. While Kate deals with a slew of other issues, her relationship is a big part of her story. Kate would probably be very moved by this story. Real Awards The Fault in Our Stars has not yet won any awards. But, here are some noteable things to happen to it:
#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 author, John Green, has won numerous awards:
Winner, 2006 Michael L. Printz Award
2006 Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults
2006 Teens' Top 10 Award
2006 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
A Booklist Editor's Choice Pick
2007 Michael L. Printz Honor book
2009 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery
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