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Fault in our Stars, The

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Author/Publisher/Website: Green, John
Copyright: 2012
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Dec/2013
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Primary Identifier: 0525478817
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: 10-12
(View recommended grades and subjects) English Language Arts

Resource Description

"The Fault in Our Stars" is a novel that tackles big subjects--life, death, love. It is narrated by a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with the seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Extensively
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Reading
Social Responsibility
Writing
Comments:
This novel is appropriate for use in Language Arts.

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Ability:
All the major characters either endure or are witness to the extremes of physical and emotional distress that catastrophic illness - in this case,types of cancer - brings. The novel makes clear the impact of limitations and frustrations that come to shape the lives and the opportunities available to them.
Violence:
Several of the characters respond to their situations in violent ways.
Ethical:
An important adult character behaves cruelly and irresponsibly to the two main characters who hold him in high regard.
Safety:
Several of the characters respond to their situations in self-destructive ways.
Language:
There are passing, but largely unexceptionable references to sex and sexuality. These are consistent with the plausible characterization of teenagers who fall in love.
Do the social considerations support, rather than detract from, student learning?
Extensively
Social Considerations Comments:
The author is careful to render a realistic picture of the suffering caused by catastrophic illness, but at the same time, show how the characters refuse to be defined by it.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Is the resource engaging?
Extensively
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Extensively
Audience:
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Moderately
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Extensively
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Moderately
Is the content of particular interest to male students?
Extensively
Is the content of particular interest to female students?
Extensively
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Moderately
Comments:
Although the characters, subject matter and plot combine to make this an engaging and thought-provoking read, the two main characters and their adult nemesis express themselves with an allusiveness and erudition that will likely be lost on many readers.

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Does the text show insight into the complexity of the human condition?
Extensively
Does the text broaden students’ experiences and understanding?
Extensively
To what degree is this text stylistically rich?
Extensively
Plot description:
United by their proscribed lives as cancer sufferers, their shared sensibilities and an admiration for the writer whose work perfectly describes their circumstances, Hazel and Augustus travel from Indianapolis to Amsterdam to meet their reclusive mentor. When he fails utterly to live up to their expectations, or even to conform to a basic level of civility, Hazel and Augustus return home confirmed in their growing love for one another, and with new, powerful insights into human suffering.
Genre:
Contemporary
Literary Highlights:
Complex conflict
Rich Characterization
Well-developed themes
Effective figurative language
Point of view
Type:
Novel

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
Above intended grade level(s)
Comments:
The Fault in Our Stars debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list for Children's Chapter Books and has gained places on several bestseller lists. It is being made into a movie set to be released in June,2014.

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
The novel is appropriate as a literature circle selection.
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