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The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green The authorJohn Michael Green (born August 24, 1977 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American author of young adult fiction and a YouTube vlogger. John Green is the New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, and Paper Towns. He is also the coauthor, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. He was 2006 recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award, a 2009 Edgar Award winner, and has twice been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Green’s books have been published in more than a dozen languages.In 2007, Green and his brother Hank ceased textual communication and began to talk primarily through videoblogs posted to youtube. The videos spawned a community of people called nerdfighters who fight for intellectualism and to decrease the overall worldwide level of suck. (Decreasing suck takes many forms: Nerdfighters have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight poverty in the developing world; they also planted thousands of trees around the world in May of 2010 to celebrate Hank’s 30th birthday.) Although they have long since resumed textual communication, John and Hank continue to upload three videos a week to their youtube channel, vlogbrothers. Their videos have been viewed more than 75 million times, and their channel is one of the most popular in the history of online video. He is also an active (if reluctant) Twitter user with more than 1.1 million followers.Green’s book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review and Booklist, a wonderful book review journal where he worked as a publishing assistant and production editor while writing Looking for Alaska. Green grew up in Orlando, Florida before attending Indian Springs School and then Kenyon College.The synopsisDespite 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. The reviewThere was a lot of talk about this book. Several people mentioned reading it and that it was a must read. Usually I ignore books about deadly diseases on children specially but in general too because I do not like to read about it, but I picked it up anyway curious what everybody was talking about.And this book is actually worth being picked up, though not by the faint-hearted. John Green wrote a book on people surviving and trying to deal with things happening to them. All macabre jokes made about cancer, dying and loosing where refreshing. Usually people are to scared to hurt people with them, specially survivors but truth is if you are trying to survive the jokes happen. The characters are easy to attach to and you root for them the moment they meet each other. The author wrote just enough words to make their thoughts clear and why they did what they did and all that made for an interesting book of two young people fighting for their live and trying to be a teenager with dreams and wishes at the same time.