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The Fault in Our Stars
Transcript of The Fault in Our Stars
-Augustus Waters Hazel Grace Lancaster is 16, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, but she's on a drug that will lengthen her life for an unknown amount of time. She narrates the book with a slightly humorous attitude towards her illness... Main Characters "I didn't tell him that the diagnosis came three months after I got my first period. Like: Congratulations! You're a woman. Now die."
-Hazel Grace Hazel loves to read, she doesn't care what other people think of her but she's also afraid of hurting those around her. Peter Van Houten is an author whose first and only book, An Imperial Affliction, influences Gus and Hazel's life a lot. Peter has become a alcoholic, and he is rude and mean. Augustus Waters, who mostly goes by 'Gus,' is 17 and is in remission. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and lost his right leg because of it. He is confident, witty and loves video games. Hazel is cautious and doesn't want to take risks whereas Augustus is determined to leave a mark on everything and everyone.
He's always wanted to live a meaningful life that would go down in history. He is so intent on doing this that Hazel even considers faking something for him to save the day. Isaac is a true and loyal friend to Hazel and Augustus. He has eye cancer and eventually loses his sight because of it. In the beginning of the novel, he is dating a girl named Monica, who dumps him shortly before Isaac goes blind. Isaac is the character that reminds us that cancer isn't just sad, it is cruel, unfair and frustrating. Plot
Summary “You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you.”
-Augustus Waters Hazel is forced by her parents to attend a support group for children with cancer, this is where she meets Augustus Waters. Augustus is intrigued by Hazel and the two of them hit it off quickly.
The two of them bond over the book, An Imperial Affliction, written by Hazel's favourite author, Peter Van Houten. Hazel has written him tons of letters to him but he never replies. She has given up on ever hearing from back, but eventually Augustus manages to email him. In the reply Hazel and Augustus are invited to go to Amsterdam to meet Van Houten. Personal Response Hazel sees herself as a grenade and when she dies, she doesn't want to hurt anyone, especially not Gus, but obviously she finds herself falling for him. Augustus ends up using his wish to take her to Amsterdam.
Unfortunately their meeting with the author goes badly, he is mean and rude and doesn't answer any of their questions. After this things begin to get complicated, but eventually you are left with a bittersweet ending. “I’m like a grenade, Mom. I’m like a grenade and at somepoint I’m going to blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties, okay?”
-Hazel Grace Extract of
The Fault in Our Stars