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The Fault in Our Stars

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The Fault in Our Stars
Summary
The Fault in Our Stars follows the journey of a 16-year-old girl named Hazel Lancaster who has terminal cancer. At one of her cancer support group meetings that she attends to make her family happy, she meets 17-year-old Augustus Waters, a cancer survivor with only one leg.
The two bond over the book An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten, which ends midsentence. Despite several attempts to get in touch with her favorite author, Van Houten does not reply to fan mail. However, Augustus reaches Van Houten through email, finding out that he lives in Amsterdam. Augustus surprises Hazel by using his Genie Fountain Wish that he saved from when he had cancer to plan a trip to Amsterdam with Hazel to meet Van Houten.
Together they explore the atmosphere, their feelings, and what it means to be alive as the trip rewrites their stories and relationships and they struggle to deal with life with darkness always close behind.


Characters
Hazel Grace Lancaster
Hazel Grace Lancaster is the protagonist of the story. She is a 16-year-old that is living with terminal cancer as best as she possibly can. Hazel suffers from stage-four thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs, which causes her to need an oxygen tank wherever she goes. Hazel finished high school early due to her health and is taking college courses. She is very upfront about her health situation from the beginning, which she remedies with her humor and truthfulness about her situation. Hazel is an only child and has very few close relationships because she worries about leaving them behind. However, the few friends that she does have are very important to her, including Isaac and Augustus.

Characters
Augustus "Gus" Waters
Augustus Waters is another main character in the story. Augustus, or Gus, is a 17-year-old who was a basketball star before losing his right leg to osteosarcoma, but is now in remission. Augustus is the best friend of Isaac, who Gus is supporting at the cancer support group Hazel attends before he undergoes surgery. This chance meeting between the two develops a very important relationship for them both.
Isaac
Isaac is a supporting character throughout the story, but plays a major role in the lives of both Hazel and Augustus. Isaac lost one of his eyes to cancer when he was younger and has learned that the other needs to be removed, which will result in a permanent loss of vision. Isaac is the common friendship between both Augustus and Hazel as they all deal with the ups and downs of living with cancer.
Fiction Genre
As a genre, fiction deals with events and characters that are imagined by the author. While some aspects of fiction may draw from the real world, such as the city of Indianapolis or the idea of cancer, the characters and their stories are invented. The Fault in Our Stars is classified as a part of the fiction genre because it has imagined characters trying to overcome a conflict as the plot of the story develops, which are the three main aspects of the fiction genre that should be discussed.
The plot is what the characters do or say at any point within the story. The plot follows the main character(s) through the rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.
The conflict is the major problem that takes place in the story. This could range from the main character having cancer to the main character losing a puppy. The presence of a conflict is essential for the fiction genre because without it there is nothing for the main character to work towards/through.
Characters are the most major element of the fiction genre. The main character is the central person in the story that the reader follows as they go on their journey through the plot to resolve their conflict. While the reader follows the main character, or protagonist, there are often many other supporting characters that follow along with the main character as they embark on their journey.

Recommendation
I would absolutely recommend this book for both students in my classroom and peers my own age to read. This book offers likeable and loveable main characters that the reader automatically grows a connection with from the very first page. The Fault in Our Stars also appeals to a wide array of readers. While there is an underlying romance that might appeal more to a female reader, the friendships and real life situations that these characters go through make it a great read for any person who is looking for a compelling story to read. The book is also beautifully written by John Green. While it is an easy read, it is one that still offers challenges due to the content and syntax used throughout. There are some scenes that involve drinking, sex, and language, but it is all done briefly and tastefully by Green. However, due to this content, I would recommend this book for students in the 10th grade around the ages of 16-17 and above. I think this novel would be a great counterpoint to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and it would also be great for a literature circle and independent read during that unit for students. I think all students, or any reader, have a lot to gain from this novel. It is a book that makes you question how you live your life and keeps you thinking well beyond the last page, which, in my opinion, is the measure of a good novel.
The Fault in Our Stars is a work of fiction written by author John Green. The book was published in 2012 and has received national acclaim including:
#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.

Introduction
John Green is the New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, and Paper Town. Green also runs a widely popular YouTube video channel with his brother, Hank, where they have a community known as nerdfighters. Their videos have been viewed more than 200 million times, and their channel is one of the most popular in the history of online video. Green lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife, Sarah Urist Green.
John Green Biography
Let's listen!
This is the author John Green reading the first chapter of The Fault in Our Stars, We aren't going to listen to the whole thing, but I think t is interesting to hear how the author perceives how the book should be read. It's pretty funny too so I think this serves as a great introduction to the rest of the book talk. Let's listen :)
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