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Publication date3rd January 2013
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The Fault in Our Stars
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Shortlisted for the 2013 Guardian Children’s Fiction PrizeDeservedly No 1 on the New York Times best seller list, this heart-catching novel is fuelled by the rawest emotions deftly handled but never falsely diluted. The role a book plays in their lives lies at the heart of the burgeoning relationship between Hazel and Augustus, teenagers who meet at a cancer support group. Hazel’s cancer is incurable: she is ‘managing’ her situation; Augustus has already lost a leg to his but he has an 80% chance of survival. But cancer does not rule them; here are two teens being as normal as they can be while carrying the grisly physical side effects of their treatments and in the complicated face of an uncertain future. The result is a touching, questioning, funny and insight novel that can’t be put down.
SynopsisThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
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.
Perfect for readers who enjoyed Before I Die by Jenny Downham
Electric ... Filled with staccato bursts of humor and tragedy -- Jodi Picoult
A novel of life and death and the people caught in between, The Fault in Our Stars is John Green at his best. You laugh, you cry, and then you come back for more -- Markus Zusak, Author Of The Book Thief
Damn near genius ... Simply devastating ...Fearless in the face of powerful, uncomplicated, unironized emotion TIME
Funny ... Poignant ... Luminous Entertainment Weekly
About The Author
John Green grew up in Orlando, Florida, within spitting distance of Disney World. He moved to Ohio for university, where he studied English and Religion. For several months after graduating, John worked as a chaplain at a children’s hospital. While there, he was inspired to write his first novel, Looking for Alaska, which became a bestseller in the United States and won many literary prizes around the world, including the Michael L. Printz Award in the US and the Silver Inky Award in Australia. John’s second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was published in 2006, and became a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize as well as being named a Michael L. Printz Honor book. Paper Towns, published in the US in 2008, debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestseller list and won the prestigious Edgar Allen Poe Award for best mystery novel. In 2009, Paper Towns was also voted #1 in the ALA (American Library Association) Teens’ Top Ten by over 11,000 readers. The Fault in our Stars is his latest bestselling literary tour de force.
In January of 2007, John and his younger brother Hank began a year-long project in which they communicated solely by daily videoblogs. This experiment, called Brotherhood 2.0, was covered extensively by the media — from the Wall Street Journal to BBC 4 — and became hugely popular around the world, spawning a community of proud supporters who call themselves nerdfighters. John and Hank continue to make videos back and forth to each other, and they are available to watch on YouTube.
In his spare time, John is a huge fan of English Premier League football, but he won’t tell you which club he supports because he does not wish to alienate any potential readers. He does admit, however, to getting chills whenever he hears “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.
John Green currently lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Sarah.
JOHN GREEN Q&A
1. What are your 5 favourite books, and why?
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
2. Who are your 5 favourite authors/illustrators, and why?
For this one, let’s stick to the world of young adult books:
Markus Zusak, because while he is aggravatingly handsome, he writes books that have tremendous integrity.
M. T. Anderson
3. What was your favourite book when you were a child?
I was really fond of The Babysitters’ Club. Did you guys have those books? It was a series about a bunch of girls who started a babysitting business. And they were always getting into trouble and talking about boys and Learning Important Lessons. These books were strictly for girls—pink covers, etc.—but I loved them.
4. Who is your favourite hero in a book?
I’m awfully fond of Huck Finn, the American teenager who refuses to be civilized by the demented world in which he finds himself.
5. Who is your favourite villain in a book?
Satan in Paradise Lost. It’s no contest, really.
6. If you could be a character from a book who would you be?
I would be Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books. It’s a good life for a crazy beautiful veteran of Dumbledore’s Army.
7. If you could recommend just one book for everyone to read what would it be?
I think pretty much every human being can benefit from reading The Golden Compass [Northern Lights - UK title].
8. What book do you wish you had written?
Well, I wish I’d written them all. I mean, if I had written every book ever published, I would be so rich.
9. Who or what was your biggest influence in deciding to become a writer?
To be perfectly honest, a lot of my initial motivations were entirely despicable. Like, when I started writing Looking for Alaska, one of my central goals was to make my ex-girlfriends regret dumping me. Resentment is a good motivator, but it doesn’t last.
These days I write for the same reason I read: I still believe that stories can help save us, and that books give us an opportunity to talk about stuff that matters.
10. What inspired you to write your book Paper Towns?
Well, I grew up in Orlando, and I’ve always wanted to set a book there because Orlando is a place that was imagined into reality. Walt Disney flew over a swamp 60 years ago and decided to build an amusement park. And now, a couple generations later, Orlando is a city of half a million people.
I also wanted to write a mystery novel, because I have long loved mysteries.
And finally, I had been reading a lot of books about larger-than-life characters—Gatsbys and Edward Cullens and manic pixie dream girls. And I wanted to write a story about the way those people are (mis)imagined by the rest of us.
11. What's the best thing you've ever written?
Oh, I don’t think any of it is particularly good, to be honest. The question of quality is not one for me to answer; my books belong to their readers, not to me.
12. When did you start writing?
I started writing stories when I was eight years old, but they were terrible. I don’t mean that they were bad in the way that all stories by eight-year-olds were bad; I mean that they were unusually bad. I don’t think I wrote a good sentence until college—and even then they were anomalous, like the proverbial monkeys at the proverbial typewriters who eventually write Hamlet.
I could always tell stories; I just needed to figure out how to write them down, and that happened slowly in the years after school as I read more and more books.
13. If someone wanted to be a writer what would be your number one tip for them?
Read. Reading is the only apprenticeship we have.
14. Is there any particular routine involved in your writing process?
I am a little superstitious about keyboards. Like, if I am struggling with a story, sometimes I will start to blame the keyboard. And then I will go out and buy a new one. This has resulted in an extensive collection of keyboards. Fortunately, they are cheap.
15. Do you have any abandoned stories in your ‘bottom drawer’ that you would like to revisit?
Yes. But then I will open up that bottom drawer and begin reading, and I will realize that the bottom drawer exists for a reason.
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