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'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green

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ThreeBeeOneGee Fri 21-Feb-14 18:18:17

What is it about this book?

Background: DS1 reads, but is not the keenest reader, and always seems to be able to find something he'd rather be doing than reading. When he does read, it's usually books about zombies with words like fear, death or enemy in the title.

This book was recommended by friends at school. DS1 put it on his wishlist for his 14th birthday. When no one gave it to him, he used his birthday money to buy it. He is now reading it in preference to staring at a screen.

What is going on?

RubyrooUK Fri 21-Feb-14 18:21:35

It is brilliant (in my opinion and also that of my mum, we are 35 and 64).

The characters are brilliantly written and so lifelike. You wish you knew them. You recognise people you knew and yourself in there.

I couldn't put it down and wept at the end because I wouldn't ever meet the characters again.

Well worth a read yourself.

bruffin Fri 21-Feb-14 18:28:48

My dd and her friends are obsessed. All i can get out of her is "Its Amazing" My niece who is 24 also read it in one sitting so obviously appeals to older readers as well. I have it on kindle to read so I will find out what the fuss is about.

ThreeBeeOneGee Fri 21-Feb-14 18:29:49

I've asked him if I can borrow it after him. It just seems so different from his usual choice of reading material.

It's fab. I sobbed buckets on a packed train and was so glad when it was delayed so I could keep reading.

Nocomet Fri 21-Feb-14 18:31:57

DD1 crude buckets over it and still loves it!

PersonalClown Fri 21-Feb-14 18:32:36

John Green does a fabulous Youtube show called Mental Floss.
Full of useless facts that I love!!

Nocomet Fri 21-Feb-14 18:33:48


bruffin Fri 21-Feb-14 18:38:19

He also does revision blogs called Crashcourse. Although they are catered to US curriculum ,dd still finds them helpful.

RubyrooUK Fri 21-Feb-14 18:45:59

I always think that's the sign of a really amazing book, Three. It doesn't matter if it isn't your style - you want to read it anyway.

Wish I had written it!

Helpyourself Fri 21-Feb-14 18:46:56

It's a wonderful book! Read it after him.
DD read it, raved about it and passed it on to me, then my mum and her friends. And my book club. We're none of us 'misery porn' readers, or even book club type book lovers, but we all found it beautiful and moving.

ALMOSTMRSG Fri 21-Feb-14 19:34:34

My Dd loved it and so did her friends. She never liked the Vampire genre.i know this sounds cheesy but this book relighted the sparked she had for reading when she was a bit younger.

bruffin Fri 21-Feb-14 19:45:16

The film is coming out in the summer. Dd doesnt like the casting because Hazel and Augustus actors play brother and sister in the film of her other favorite book of the moment Divergence

KingscoteStaff Fri 21-Feb-14 21:28:05

My DS 12 is loving this.

Has your DS read Wonder? Utterly fantastic.

MrsFionaCharming Fri 21-Feb-14 23:26:20

I really loved it. And I really enjoy John and Hank (his brother's) youtube channel ( Vlogbrothers ). Amusing & random yet very educational.

Strangely, I was disappointed by the 2 other books that I read by him.

TheDoctorsNewKidneys Sat 22-Feb-14 08:32:27

It's a wonderful book. The movie comes out in June and it looks just as promising, I can't wait to see it.

I don't much like his other books, though. I own them all but the onlyo other one that stood out for me is Looking for Alaska. The others are good but I didn't find them to be as gripping as TFIOS.

ilikeyourface Sat 22-Feb-14 09:34:44

I read the book and loved it , however dd read it and said ' nothing special , farrrrr to soppy ' but then she is the girl who also hates the titanic and the notebook and things like that because they're to soppy

NotTwit Sat 22-Feb-14 09:38:23

Ooh, this sounds promising, my ds is exactly the same as yours OP, might get this for his Easter read and see what happens.

survivingthechildren Sat 22-Feb-14 13:38:08

Are you sure there is no screen OP?! I am not familiar with this witchcraft phenomenon that you speak of.

You must read and report back!

sugar4eva Tue 25-Feb-14 12:25:50

Dd has just read and really enjoyed it! Any re ommendations for books : we have bought so many that have been waste of £ as they did not grip her and I'm keen for her to read at night after screen time. We take screens away at ten . Fingers crossed re more good stuff I'm pleased she reading! Any adult books that may be suitable Also? Mind you she is reading Marley and me again : a weepy ending! Thanks !

Weegiemum Tue 25-Feb-14 12:30:28

I've just started it - after I prised it away from dd1 (14) who keeps re-reading it. Brilliant so far. There's a film due out this year.

I've read "An abundance of Katherines" (dd1 is Katherine!) and "Will Grayson, Will Grayson".

He's a refreshingly honest writer, no covering stuff up, and his use of language is fantastic. Ds (12) who never reads anything except the Playstation magazine, is waiting for TFIOS after me!

moogalicious Tue 25-Feb-14 12:33:02

DD has just read the hunger games trilogy
Anne Cassidy - looking for JJ (or something) and the murder notebooks
Paper towns
My sister lives on the Mantlepiece
I am number four (or whatever that series is called)

this website is really useful

bruffin Tue 25-Feb-14 13:08:29


DD also liked
Divergent but she doesnt like Hunger Games

ThreeLannistersOneTargaryen Thu 12-Jun-14 18:40:55

Update: I managed to get tickets for DS1 and some of his friends to go and see the special advance screening of the film of TFIOS. I just dropped them off at the cinema and I don't think I've ever seen so many teenagers in one place.

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