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The Fault in Our Stars
Transcript of The Fault in Our Stars
By John Green
Hazel Grace Lancaster has terminal cancer.Thyroid with mets in her lungs and she
knows she's going to die soon. Hazel has been attached to an oxygen tank since
she was 13, when the cancer was first detected, living off of a miracle drug
can only make her life last a little longer. Thinking Hazel's hopelessly depressed,
her mother sends her to a support group for cancer kids.
This is where Hazel
meets the gorgeous and clever 17 year old Augustus Waters. Augustus, like
everyone else at the support group, has cancer. Augustus suffers from
osteosarcoma (bone cancer) and he's even had a leg amputated. Hazel and
Augustus immediately become friends and begin bonding over books. Thought it's
very obvious Augustus
wants to be more than friends with Hazel, Hazel tries to
not get emotionally attached to Augustus so she doesn't hurt him when she
inevitably dies. Later on, Augustus finds out that
Hazel has been wanting to find
out about an ending to one of her favorite books, An Imperial Affliction, but
was never able to contact the author. Augustus does some researching and begins
e-mailing the author. A couple of days later, Augustus has already arranged a trip
to Amsterdam, where the author lives. Though Hazel gets hospitalized a little
before the trip, she's still able to go. This is where two very important things
happen; Hazel finally admits she's in love with Augustus, and Augustus reveals to
Hazel that his health has worsened. Augustus and Hazel still get together and
Augustus promises Hazel he's going to fight his cancer as hard as he can.
Unfortunately, Augustus's health deteriorates rapidly. 80% of people survive the
type of cancer that Augustus has. Augustus isn't in the 80%. He dies soon after
returning from Amsterdam, leaving Hazel grief stricken.
The time for "The Fault in Our Stars is present time.
The book doesn't mention a specific year, but you know it's
present because the technology the book has.
"The next morning I woke up early and checked my email
first thing." (TFIOS 77)
The story takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana.
At one point the main characters were in Amsterdam,but
later returned to Indiana.
"Okay. Name some things that you never see in Indianapolis."
Point of View: First person
The narrator of the entire book is Hazel.
Hazel made the entire book very funny
and enjoyable but serious when needed.
"Augustus asked if I wanted to go with him
to Support group, but I was really tired from
my busy day of Having Cancer, so I passed."
There's two main problems going on in the book.
The first one is that Hazel refuses to let herself fall
in love with Augustus. Hazel knows she has terminal
cancer and she doesn't want to get close to him so
she won't hurt him when she dies. Hazel sees herself
as a grenade that's about to cause a lot damage.
"I'm not going on dates," I said. "I don't want to go on
dates with anyone. It's a terrible idea and a huge waste of
"Honey," my mom said. "What's wrong?"
"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
The second problem happens later on in the book
when Augustus found out his cancer had worsened
after getting a PET scan when he began to feel an
ache in his hip. At this point, Hazel had already grown
very close to him. Augustus still promises Hazel he's
going to fight his cancer.
"I lit up like a Christmas tree, Hazel Grace. The lining of
my chest, my left hip, my liver, everywhere"
Hazel Grace Lancaster
The book tells us Hazel has short brown hair,
she's thin because of all the cancer treatments
she's received, she's 16, and she has terminal
Hazel continually describes Augustus as "hot"
and "gorgeous" throughout the book. He's 17 and
has osteosarcoma which is bone cancer. He's had
one of his legs amputated. He has an 80%
chance of survival.
Though Isaac is not a main character he was
still important to the story.Isaac had eye cancer
and was now blind because of it. He is one of
Augustus and Hazel's closest friends. He's 17 years
Though it seems unlikely, The Fault in Our Stars was
filled with humor. The author really tried to make you
laugh or just lighten the mood a little when things got
“It's just that most really good-looking people are stupid, so I exceed expectations."
"'Right, it's primarily his hotness,'" I said.
'"It can be sort of blinding," he said.
'"It actually did blind our friend Isaac," I said.
"Terrible tragedy, that. But can I help my own deadly beauty?"
"It is my burden, this beautiful face."
"Not to mention your body."
"Seriously, don't even get me started on my hot bod. You don't want to see me naked, Dave. Seeing me naked actually took Hazel Grace's breath away," he said, nodding toward the oxygen tank.
The Author's Purpose: Entertain
The author seemed set on making the reader do two
things; laugh or cry/get depressed.
When things had not gotten so bad in the book, the
author could make you smile or laugh with ease. Even
when the situation did get bad, he STILL made you
laugh, but there was still depressing moments.
"We are literally in the heart of Jesus," he said. "I
thought we were in a church basement, but we are
literally in the heart of Jesus."
"Someone should tell Jesus," I said. "I mean, it's gotta
be dangerous, storing children with cancer in your
Hope and Grief
Hope is a good theme for the book because even though
the chances are slim, all the characters hope for their
cancers to go away.
Grief is a good theme for the book because of all the pain
the characters have to endure when someone dies.
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I would personally give the book
a 5 star rating. I would only
recommend it if you like humorous
and depressing books though. It
isn't really action packed or filled