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Book Club: The Fault In Our Stars

03/12/2013 05:08 pm ET | Updated Mar 30, 2013

Welcome to the discussion page for The Fault in Our Stars! Scroll down to meet the editors, read blogs, and discuss the book with other readers in the comments.

During the course of discussion, you can always email us or tweet us with hashtag #hpbookclub -- we'll be featuring your thoughts and questions in our weekly newsletter.

Zoë Triska, Associate Editor. I admit that I'm one of those people who Googles phrases, places, names every couple of pages when I'm reading. There are constantly things that stump me, though so I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor. I look for stories to take my brain into new spaces, and I'll be particularly discussing the facts as we think we know them, and the clues I think we're being given by the story.

Annemarie Dooling, Community Editor. Locations and descriptions speak to me the same way characters do. If you read the same books over and over again the way I do, we're going to get along just fine.

Elizabeth Perle, Teen Editor. I can't stand writers who use "teen speak" to try talk to young people (LOLS OMG SWOON), and I like my YA like I like my coffee: strong, sharp, not watered down, and with kick-ass female characters.

Taylor Trudon, Associate Teen Editor. I'm a sucker for well-hidden inspirational quotes and have been known to develop crushes on YA fictional characters. I read "Little Women" in middle school and still haven't fully recovered from the death of Beth March.

Here's our discussion schedule:

March 27: Intro and begin reading
April 3: The role of literature in the story
April 10: Young adults and cancer
April 17: All about John Green
April 24: Book completion and community Google+ Hangout

04/24/2013 2:12 PM EDT

Book Club Hangout: Our Final Thoughts on TFIOS & John Green

Last week we opened up the floor to our Teen community to share their favorite quotes and takeaway thoughts from The Fault in Our Stars. The chat was fantastic and we definitely have a clear idea of what parts of the book made the deepest impression on young readers.

This week, we're taking the talk back home where we'll have a roundtable of editors discussing the biggest issues you asked us during all of our chats and commenting sessions.

Join us right here at 4pm ET or leave your thoughts below on the following topics:

- Do adults and teens read this book differently?

- What does each group get out of it?

- Does this say anything about the direction YA is moving in?

- Was this your first brush with John Green and would you read him again?

At 4pm ET the video and hangout link will appear right here and you can watch after we've closed the hangout, too.

Here's the blog post by Rebekah that we discuss in the hangout: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebekah-bolser/the-fault-in-our-stars-john-green_b_3094025.html

"That's the thing about pain. It demands to be felt." -- John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

I cried the first time I read these words. Actually, to be honest, I cry every time I read those words. I can never describe how much that quote means to me. I'm no stranger to pain. I don't think anyone is, really. Pain is a price we pay for being human, for feeling emotions of any kind. I read The Fault in Our Stars six times in the matter of a week. It was the most emotional week of my life and I spent it curled up with TFiOS and mixed berry applesauce.

04/24/2013 1:56 PM EDT

Favorite TFIOS quotes

@ lovelyjanette23 :

@HuffPostTeen: "I believe the universe wants to be noticed." - #60minsofTFIOS” #somuchyes

04/24/2013 1:55 PM EDT

60 minutes of TFIOS

@ GSpiegelerBooks :

@HuffPostTeen: “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.” - #60minsofTFIOS”

04/24/2013 1:54 PM EDT

Finishing up the book

@ katzav :

Just finished #hpbookclub The Fault in our Stars and loved the story of human emotions, love and friendship. I laughed and cried, beautiful!

04/17/2013 9:40 PM EDT

#60minsofTFIOS with Huffington Post Teen

Thanks to all of our Huff Post Teens for sharing their favorite quotes with us on Twitter. We had a blast with you all during #60minsofTFIOS!

The most shared and favorited quote of the evening was: "It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you, Hazel Grace."

Is this your favorite quote? Do you think there is a better one that you would like to share? Let the quote fest continue and share in the comments below.

Also, be sure to comment on the 4/18 discussion questions. We would love for our teens to chime in.

04/17/2013 9:32 PM EDT

4/18: Discussion Questions

- How do you feel about Hazel's parents, are they realistic as far as how parents interact with their teen children? Do you think they're overbearing? Do they attempt to understand Hazel and what she is experiencing?

- What do think it was about Hazel that made Augustus so instantly drawn to her?

- How realistic is the love story between August and Hazel, is it true to the story of teenage love?

Tell us your thoughts on these questions in the comments below and we will pick our favorites to headline the book club newsletter next week. Let us know how your reading is going and if there is something that you would like to discuss particularly.

As always, if this book has touched you in a personal way, email us to lead a conversation or write your own thoughts at hpbookclub@huffingtonpost.com

For more thoughts from our editors for this week's reading, click here.

04/10/2013 12:21 PM EDT

Wednesday 4/10 G+ Hangout

We've been discussing The Fault in Our Stars for two weeks now and have yet to bring up the main storyline: Hazel and her battle with cancer. Besides her relationship with Gus, it's the most important aspect of the book, drives much of her decision-making and relationships with other characters, and we wouldn't be doing the discussion justice if we didn't address it.

So, please join us right here at 4pm ET on April 10th when we'll be discussing young adults and cancer with amazing bloggers and community members.

During this discussion we will be joined by:

Mother and Son, Mindy and Hunter Brooks - Mindy, a founding board member of Teen Cancer America, has been passionate advocate for teens with cancer since 2010 when her son, Hunter, 14, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Hunter now 17, and in remission, is in high school and continues to share his story with other teens battling cancer.

Woody Roseland - a dynamic motivational speaker, comedian, and Huffington Post blogger. With great courage Woody has overcome insurmountable odds to beat cancer seven times.

Taylor Trudon - Associate editor of HuffPost Teen and avid John Green fan.

Here's what we'll be discussing. Leave your comments below to be included:

- How is the experience of Hazel's parents portrayed in the book?

- Hazel, August, and other characters in the book have this level of elevated maturity for their age. How does Green portray both their maturity and the fact that they are still very young--this phenomenon of teens dealing with a very "adult" issue.

- How authentic are scenarios in the book? What instances most truly represent the experiences of teens and their families dealing with cancer?

04/08/2013 4:49 PM EDT

Generation Why

The most important issue covered in The Fault in Our Stars is that of young adults living with cancer.

Here at HuffPost, our Healthy Living team has an amazing series called Generation Why where young adults of all walks of life who are living with cancer struggle to let us into their emotions and lives, with topics ranging from keeping up with studies to preparing an insurance check list.

I was convinced that somehow, if I did everything just right, I could earn my place among the cancer-free. I thought that within six months of diagnosis I would be back to my normal life and that cancer would just be like a bad aftertaste of the previous summer. I even thought that if I tried to stay positive and didn't let myself worry, then maybe I wouldn't have to lose my hair. I was just certain that there was some way to outsmart this whole cancer patient thing and come out as Wonderwoman. - Elise Frame in her Generation Why blog post.

Being out of school for the better part of the last three years has somewhat hindered my social interactions. On top of that, a year and a half after my diagnosis, my family had to move because of my dad's job. I found it difficult to make new friends at my new high school as an incoming freshman. I had missed half of seventh grade and all of eighth, not to mention I was walking with a slight limp/slap foot that was caused by neurotoxic chemotherapy. I was made fun of on a regular basis because of the way I walked and even knocked down in the hallway once by someone running to class and no one stopped to help me. My "old" friends can no longer relate to me and frankly, sometimes I get angry with them when they talk about how their life sucks. If high school were filled with all my friends (and future friends) from Stupid Cancer, then I wouldn't be so hesitant to go back full time. - A post from 15-year-old Lola Scott

On Wednesday, 4/10 we'll be hosting an open forum with a Generation Why blogger and a few other young adult cancer survivors. Please join us at 4pm ET while we discuss the authenticities in the book and how media can impact this community.

04/03/2013 4:55 PM EDT

An Imperial Affliction

Links from our hangout:

Q. Aren’t you even a little tempted to write An Imperial Affliction?

A. No, I could never write a novel like An Imperial Affliction, and I don’t think I would enjoy writing it. There’s a variety of writing that David Foster Wallace once described as, “Look, mom! No hands!” AIA, as I imagine it, is very much that kind of novel: prodigious and ostentatious and full of that Pynchonian need to show every possible thing that words can do. I love reading those books, but I’m not interested in attempting to write one.

Also, one of the magical things about books (or bands) that don’t exist is that they can achieve a kind of greatness that isn’t available to real artworks. Writing An Imperial Affliction would only ruin it, sort of by definition.

More here from the Q&A.



An Imperial Affliction on Tumblr

Peter Van Houten on Twitter

Imperial Affliction artwork

Atlas: Poems by Katrina Vandenberg

Tulip mania

04/02/2013 5:13 PM EDT

G+ Hangout: Wednesday

Join us here at 4pm on 4/3 when we'll be discussing An Imperial Affliction, the book within a book from TFIOS via Google Hangout.

We'll be discussing the following topics:

How does An Imperial Affliction push Hazel's own story forward?

Which themes from the book hit home for Hazel and Gus?

UPDATE: Here's our discussion!

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