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The Fault in Our Stars

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Hayden Justice

on 4 August 2014

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Transcript of The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars
By: John Green
Hayden E. Justice
"B"ook Summary
"H"eart to Heart
"G"ive an Alternate Ending
"K"now Your Books
"L"esson Learned

"U"ndercover Mission
"T"op Five Songs
"S"ensory Details
Pg. 189: “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”
-John Green
This quote is of significance to me because it's thought-provoking. From a mathematical standpoint, infinity isn't so much a number, but a limit. Throughout personhood, one encounters numerous limits. These constraints and limitations consist of various conditional factors that everyone faces in some way or another. This quote is applicable to life for the reason that some people are more constrained than others
Pg. 13: “If the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that's what everyone else does.”
-John Green
This quote is important because it's extremely bold. Eventually, humanity will end. Everyone, sadly, pretends like it won't.
What is your favorite moment that you have spent with Hazel?
Why were you so persistent with your attempts at loving Hazel?
Do you ever get bored of explaining your cigarette metaphor?
Were you nervous about meeting Hazel's parents?
If it weren't for your getting cancer, would you have eventually quit playing basketball anyway?
Hazel and Augustus shared many beautiful experiences. I would want to know what his favorite was
Basketball was a major part of Gus's life before cancer took over. Though he didn't enjoy it much, many people counted on him to play.
Gus seemed confident and upfront about his charisma, but I wonder if he was still nervous about meeting Hazel's parents.
Hazel wasn't always the kindest girl. She oftentimes pushed Gus away. He must have had some significant reason for persisting.
So many people asked about Gus's cigarette that he never actually smoked. Personally, I don't think the metaphor was worth all of the trouble.
In this book, the antagonist wasn't exactly a person, but the condition of cancer. Many characters were unable to live normal lives because they were battling with this disease.
The climax of the book occurs when Hazel and Gus are in Amsterdam. Their visit with Peter Van Houten didn't go as planned, so the trip was a total waste. In addition to this, Gus tells Hazel that his cancer has returned aggressively.
Two cancer patients meet at a support group. They become extremely close and fall in love. A trip around the world to meet an author turns sour. One of the character's cancer returns, and he dies.
The biggest zinger of the book is Gus's death. Hazel is constantly worried about dying and leaving Gus behind, but in the end, Gus is actually the one that dies.
I recommend this book to all teens. It's easy to relate to. Everyone has troubles, which can be modeled by the characters' battle with cancer. The element of romance between Hazel and Gus is just enough to be interesting, but not saccharine enough to appear sickening. The book also provides many lessons. Everyone dies, but this isn't a reason to live in morbidity and misery. Love and hope exist even in the darkest of times. John Green's writing style is also extremely eccentric and one-of-a-kind. Every aspect of the book comes together in a way that very few other stories do.
Pg. 12: "I fear [oblivion] like the proverbial blind man who's afraid of the dark."
Pg. 263: "I couldn't get my breath and it felt like my chest was on fire, flames licking the inside of my ribs fighting for a way to burn out of my body."
An important lesson that I learned from 'The Fault in Our Stars' is that humor lightens the mood. Both Hazel and Gus manage to joke about their conditions. For example, Hazel named her oxygen tank Phillip. If one offers a bit of humor, then he/she is able to rise above the situation.
'The Fault in Our Stars' is told from Hazel's perspective. This is effective because the reader gets to see the world through Hazel's eyes. Her perspective is a key element for the reason that she is a bit angsty and feels that none of her family is aware of what she is going through.
"For No One" by the Beatles would be a reminder of Isaac because his girlfriend leaves him.
"New Slang" by the Shins is super edgy and creative. This song would be perfect for Hazel.
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"Cristofori's Dream" by David Lanz is an extremely beautiful piano piece. Hazel would enjoy this song because she learns to appreciate the beauty in the world.
"First Day of my Life" by Bright Eyes is relevant to Hazel's life because it's extremely sweet. It sounds like a song that Augustus would like.
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"The Luckiest" by Ben Folds is another love song that Hazel would listen to with Gus in mind.
Hazel mourns the death of Augustus. She finds comfort by talking to Peter Van Houten, discovering something Gus wrote, and by concluding that Peter Van Houten is just hurt because his own daughter died of cancer.
If anyone in the book experiences Xenophobia, it's Peter Van Houten. He lived as a drunken hermit, and refused to be pleasant when Hazel and Gus visited from another country.
Instead of Gus dying from cancer, both Hazel and Gus could have died due to a plane crash. This would have been ironic because both of them are cancer patients. They're so worried about the disease that they never accounted for any outside forces.
In the exposition, Hazel establishes what it's like to be a teenager with an illness. The author, John Green, does this by taking Hazel to a support group with other teenage cancer patients.
Hazel is a spunky, intellectual teenage girl who suffers from cancer. She tends to be a bit morbid at times, but August brings out the best in her.
Augustus is a charismatic teenage boy who is also suffering from cancer. Though he can be extremely charming, Gus manages to retain many boyish aspects.
Among the things that motivate the characters is the body's natural fight to live. Once diagnosed with cancer, a patient receives various treatments. The patient endures great amounts of pain with hopes of getting better. Also, Hazel mentions that cancer patients try to always take the stairs instead of the elevator because it shows that they're fighting to recover. Taking the extra effort to go up the stairs is a big deal for someone that is physically ill. In the last months before Gus died, his condition deteriorated, regardless of his treatment. His death shows that sometimes a natural will just isn't enough.
In memory of: Hazel Grace Lancaster, 17. She lived a short, but meaningful life. She went down fighting cancer.
Dear Hazel,
You really shouldn't be pushing Augustus away. I realize that you're worried about hurting him, but you also need to make yourself happy. Both of you realize that your time is limited. Why not make the most out of it? If any boy understood what you're going through, it would be Gus. He's sweet and charming. Plus, he obviously likes you. Instead of focusing on dying, try succumbing to a normal teenage life. It's not like you have anything to lose.
Good luck!
Hazel has a great love for 'An Imperial Affliction', and I'm quite fond of 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'. I always try to share my copy with my friends, and I've read the book six times.
Hazel Talks about spending her Wish on going to Disney World and having a great time. I, personally, love Disney World. I think that was a Wish well spent.
The protagonists in the story are Hazel and Augustus. They both suffer from cancer, but continue fighting.
Pg. 99: "I'm like a grenade, mom. I'm a grenade and at some point I'm going to blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties, okay?"
This quote offers a lot of impact because Hazel compares herself to a grenade. She doesn't want her death to affect everyone in her life.
Why is Hazel so obsessed with 'An Imperial Affliction'?
Does Isaac's girlfriend really love him?
Do the other attendees of the support group find the leader just as obnoxious as Hazel does?
Why does Peter Van Houten's assistant go out of her way to be kind to Hazel and Gus?
How do you think Gus's parents reacted to the shattered trophies?
Why did Peter Van Houten attend Gus's funeral?
Why did Gus consider Hazel's Wish of going to Disney a waste?
How would the story be different if it were told from Augustus's perspective?
Did Hazel actually grow fond of Gus's calling her "Hazel Grace"?
What does it say about Hazel when she spent all of that time researching Gus's ex-girlfriend?
See provided drawing.
Born in Indianapolis and then moved to Orlando
Refers to his wife, Sarah, as "the Yeti"
Has two children
I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Fault in Our Stars'. John Green is such an inspiration.
I specifically admire his vernacular. In all of his writings, he manages to utilize certain words and phrases in a manor that seems so natural.
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