It is the story of 16 year old Hazel Lancaster and 17 year old Augustus Waters, two teenagers who meet at a Cancer Kid Support Group.
The title is inspired by the famous line from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, when Cassius says to Brutus "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves." However in the book we read: "But it is the nature of stars to cross, and never was Shakespeare more wrong . . . there is no shortage of fault to be found in our stars."
In essence the book is a love story, funny, poignant and deeply moving.
Markus Zusak describes it as 'A novel of life and death and the people caught in between.'
It is a beautiful book, the writing a joy to read. As E. Lockhart (author of 'The Boyfriend List') states, John Green makes one 'gasp at the beauty of a sentence.'
Memorable quotes from the book include:
- "As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly then all at once.
- "It looked like an old painting, but real - everything achingly idyllic in the morning light."
- "Some infinities are bigger than other infinities"