Summary The Fault In Our Stars by John Green is about a sixteen year old girl who is dying of cancer found in her lungs. Hazel admits to having depression one summer, so almost immediately her mother makes her join a support group with a lot of other kids and teens who also have cancer. Here, she sits next to a boy named Issac, and they become fast friends. Although Hazel really hates coming to the support group, she doesn’t mind Issac. In one of the group’s meetings, Issac brings a friend of his to the support group who used to have cancer himself, Augustus Waters. Augustus is very intrigued by Hazel Grace, and eventually they start spending more and more time together. They are both extremely intelligent for their age, and start discussing books. Hazel asks Augustus to read her favorite book An Imperial Affliction, and he does.
Augustus somehow manages to get in contact with the author (Peter van Houton) and for a gift, he brings her (and her mother, of course) to meet him in New Amsterdam. He turns out to be a not-so-nice man, and they leave almost 30 minutes within meeting him, a huge disappointment. Augustus and Hazel still have fun in New Amsterdamn however, until he gives her the news that his cancer is back and worse than before, and he doesn’t have long. Issac and Hazel write Eulogies for Augustus and share them with him.
Augustus really does die and Hazel shares another Eulogy she wrote that’s more appropriate for his family. She’s shocked with chaos and grief at the death of Augustus and is very angry when she see’s Van Houton there. But instead of being rude like before, the book closes as he presents her with a eulogy that Augustus wrote for Hazel before he died.
Hazel: caring, dependent, brave
Augustus: loving, smart, poetic
Hazel’s mom: hopeful, curious, loyal
“Don’t tell me you’re one of those people who becomes their disease.” -pg 127
I think that this very small quote given by Hazel is a huge huge deal. Its an “identity quote”. She is one of the people that doesn’t believe in exploiting her disease to get all the things she wants. She doesn’t want to let it be a part of her identity. She avoids talking about her cancer as much as possible. She doesn’t necessarily remain optimistic, but she doesn’t try and make it a huge part of her.
1. If you had cancer and didn’t have long to live, who would you spend your time with? Why?
2. Hazel is extremely disappointed when Van Houton turns out to be a crazy drunk. Tell of a time you were extremely disappointed.
3. Hazel feels like she is a “grenade” to anyone around her, and she doesn’t want to get close to people because she knows that if she does, they will be hurt if she died. This is why she avoided people. If you knew you were going to die, would you try to affect as many lives as possible with a good, positive message? Or avoid people and try not to hurt them, like Hazel Grace did?