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The Fault in Our Stars
Transcript of The Fault in Our Stars
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
#9 The Book Seller (UK) Bestseller
#1 Indie Bound Bestseller
Time is only temporary; nothing truly lasts forever
People must treasure life and live to the fullest
Together, Hazel and Augustus learn to live and enjoy their life how it is, despite dealing with cancer
With that in mind, they go on a journey to Amsterdam which is the highlight of both of their lives
Diagnosed with Stage IV Thyroid cancer when she was 13
Loves to read
Idolizes Peter Van Houten, author of her favorite book, "An Imperial Affliction"
Hazel Grace Lancaster
Augustus "Gus" Waters
Osteosarcoma survivor in remission
Loses right leg from it
Long, leanly, and muscular
Former basketball player
By John Green
Augustus's best friend
Has rare type of eye cancer
Eventually loses sight in both of his eyes
Goes to the same support group as Hazel
Hazel and Augustus meet at a local cancer support group
Their friendship grows as they bond over their favorite books, Hazel's being "An Imperial Affliction"
Augustus contacts the author, Peter Van Houten, within a few days
Gus uses his wish from The Genies to take himself, Hazel, and her mother to Amsterdam to meet Van Houten so they can find out what happens at the end of his book
On their journey, they learn to cope with life and what time they have together, which ultimately changes both of their lives forever
Peter Van Houten
Author of "An Imperial Affliction"
Lives in Amsterdam
Doesn't live up to Hazel and Gus's expectations
Man vs. Self
Hazel sees herself as a grenade that's going to explode and hurt everyone around her, especially Augustus
Eventually, she comes to terms with her feelings and decides that it isn't worth isolating herself; if it's meant to be, it will be
"I wanted to not be a grenade, to not be a malevolent force in the lives of people I loved." (Green, 172)
I didn't dislike anything about the book except the ending, but it fit well with the whole plot
John Green expressed real pain that cancer patients go through
Made you felt like you were actually in the book, as one of the characters
Despite covering a depressing subject like cancer, it was full of sarcasm and entertainment
Man vs. Man
Whole reason behind going to Amsterdam is to find out what happens at the end of the Van Houten's, "An Imperial Affliction"
Van Houten ends up being extremely disrespectful and ignorant - he refuses to answer any of Hazel or Augustus's questions
In the end, Houten feels like he owes Hazel answers, so he makes a personal trip to see her
Hazel is satisfied with the "conclusion"
Reminded me of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg's eyes in "The Great Gatsby"
Both pair of eyes view everything that's happening all around the characters
Eckleburg's eyes view the affair between Tom and Mrytle, as well as the car crash that kills Mrytle
Before losing his eyesight, Isaac's eyes view the life of Hazel and Gus and their relationship
Hazel's interested in knowing what happens at the end of "An Imperial Affliction" because the main character, Anna, also has cancer - Hazel assumes Anna dies since the story ends without telling readers what really happens
Hazel wants to know how Anna's mom is after Anna dies just like how Hazel questions what will happen to her parents when she passes away too
Relates to how Holden Caulfield from "The Catcher in the Rye" always asks about how the ducks are doing in the Central Park lagoon
Even though what the pair are curious about are different and have deeper meanings, their curiosity shows how both of the characters are still child-like despite the fact that they're growing up
"You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful." (Green, 260)