John Green: The Faults in Our Stars

The Faults in our Stars

by: John Green

Summary:

Hazel Grace Lancaster is a young girl living with cancer. Her mother believes she is depressed so Hazel attends a cancer support group in the basement of a church. Hazel is delighted to see a handsome named Augustus Waters. Augustus has lost one of his legs to a form of cancer called osteosarcoma, but his cancer is now in remission. He is there to support his friend, Isaac who has lost an eye to a rare form of eye cancer and now must get the other eye removed.

After the meeting, August approaches Hazel and tells her she looks like Natalie Portman from V for Vendetta. Hazel does not believe him because she carries an oxygen tank and her cancer treatment has made her cheeks red and puffy, but they continue to flirt.. Their house is loaded with sayings embroidered on different objects. While hanging out, Hazel tells Augustus that she has thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs, but she has been spared some time through a cutting edge treatment that has not been effective with many other people. Before leaving, Hazel tells him about a book she is obsessed with called An Imperial Affliction. She tells that the novel is about a young girl with cancer. She loves the book because of its honesty regarding the realities of dying. The novel ends midsentence, which Hazel thinks is genius, as it portrays the realities of death. She tells Augustus about her desire to contact the novels author, Peter Van Houten, to find out what happens after the book ends.
While Hazel is the one that is doomed to die, Augustus ends up telling Hazel that at his recent scan, the doctors discovered that his entire body is filled with cancer. Hazel spends the last months of Augustus’s life caring for him and loving him.

 

Quotes:

“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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“Without pain, how could we know joy?’ This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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“You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

 

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“I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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“I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

 

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“Without Pain, How Could We Know Joy?”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

 

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“That’s the thing about pain. It demands to be felt”
— John Green (The Fault in Our Stars)

 

 

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