Parents' Guide to

The Fault in Our Stars

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Heartrending love story told by teen dying of cancer.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 43 parent reviews

age 16+

Crass at times

One the whole, as an adult, I enjoyed the book. It did not live up to expectations though. I found some of the sexual references and language rather vulgar out of character with the rest of the story. This is a pity because the overall subject matter was well dealt with very positively. I also thought the character of Van Houten was very implausible.
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age 18+

A romantic, emotional and sensitive story for young people MUST NOT involve them having sex in their young and immature relacionship just cause they've got a terminal illness

There are many more stories for teen children that include HEALTHY relationships in all senses

This title has:

Too much sex
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (43 ):
Kids say (492 ):

Be prepared: This is a tearjerker dealing with dying -- and surviving the death of a loved one. Parents who read this book along with their teens will be particularly moved by Hazel's parents, who soothe her anxiety by telling her about their plans for after she has died ("Even when you die, I will still be your mom, Hazel ... how could I stop loving you?"). Green wrote this book after making a friendship with a teen with cancer, and his attention to detail is remarkable, from descriptions of equipment to what it feels like to be stared at by well-meaning strangers. Readers may be perplexed about an alcoholic author who begins making appearances in Hazel's life, and may be unsure if he is really there or just a symbol. This decision seems a bit out of step with what is otherwise a realistic and emotionally harrowing book about love and loss. But Hazel's honest narration and her strength to love despite the consequences will capture teens' attention most. In the end, this is a painful book, but well worth it.

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