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The Fault in our Stars

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lauren kadesh

on 20 October 2012

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Transcript of The Fault in our Stars

The Fault in our Stars By John Green The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is about a girl named Hazel who has a terminal case of cancer. She goes to a cancer support group every week, and one day meets a boy named Augustus, who also struggles with cancer and has a prosthetic leg. Before Hazel meets Augustus, she is very depressed and spends every minute thinking about death. Agustus helps Hazel see a more positive side of her life. They work together to survive their many struggles. Summary Main Characters Hazel: Gus: Isaac: Hazel's mom: Peter Van Houten: Hazel Literary Devices GOOD WRITING Hazel is the main character who has a terminal case of cancer and she falls in love with Gus. Gus is the boy Hazel meets in her cancer support group. He also has cancer and has a prosthetic leg. Isaac is also in the support group. He is best friends with Gus. He also has cancer and he lost his vision. Hazel's mom takes care of her and goes everywhere with her to carry her oxygen tank. Peter Van Houten is the author of a book called the "An Imperial Affliction" which Hazel and Gus have read millions of times. They meet him on Gus's 'Make a Wish' trip to find out what happens to all the characters. At the beginning of the book, Hazel is very negative which is understandable considering all her struggles. She meets Gus which is her first crush and instantly likes him. She is surprised that even with cancer someone would be interested in her. Knowing she won't live forever, she feels guilty about dating Gus because she doesn't want to die and leave him feeling alone and devastated. When she finds out Gus has had a relapse in his cancer they fight together to overcome their many challenges. Simile: "The support group, of course, was depressing as hell" (4). Flashback: " I has a surgery called Radical Neck Disection, which is about as pleasant as it sounds. Then radiation. Then they tried chemo for my lung cancer..." (24). Onomatopoeia: " Huzzah" (25) Metaphor: " You're such a Debbie Downer" (27). Personification: " We made a wheels-screeching turn into a subdivision" (26). " Much of my life has been devoted to trying not to cry front of people who loved me, so I knew what Augustus was doing. You clenched your teeth. You look up. You tell yourself that if they see you cry, it will hurt them, and you will be nothing by A Sadness in their lives, and you must not become a mere sadness, so you will not cry, and you say all of this to yourself while looking up at the ceiling, and then you swallow even though your throat does not want to close and you look at the person who loves you and smile" (214). Recommendation I would definitely recommend this book because it was very compelling to read her story and to understand the struggles she is going through. This realistic story kept you wanting to read more to see what would happen next. I really enjoyed that John Green wrote "The Fault in our Stars" in the first person because the reader feels they share her private thoughts and experiences.
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