The Fault in Our Stars

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The Fault in Our Stars

Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old with thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs, attends a cancer patient support group at her mother's behest. During the support meeting, Hazel meets a 17-year-old boy named Augustus Waters, whose osteosarcoma caused him to lose his leg.A week later, Augustus reveals to Hazel that he has tracked down Van Houten's assistant, Lidewij, and, through her, has managed to start an e-mail correspondence with Van Houten. He eventually replies, explaining that he can only answer Hazel's questions in person. At a picnic, Augustus surprises Hazel with tickets to Amsterdam to meet Van Houten.While in Amsterdam, Augustus confesses his love for Hazel. Hazel and Augustus finally meet Van Houten but are shocked to find that he is a mean-spirited drunk.Augustus confesses that his health is not as good as Hazel had been led to believe. The two affirm their love and support for each other. Augustus' health worsens and he ends up in the ICU for a few days. An extremely sick Augustus died soon after. After this traumatic event, Van Houten shows up at Augustus' funeral to apologize to Hazel.Hazel learns that Augustus was writing a sequel to "An Imperial Affliction. Hazel reads Augustus' words. He says getting hurt in this world is inevitable, but we do get to choose who we allow to hurt us, and that he is happy with his choice, and hopes she likes her choice too. The book closes with Hazel stating that she does.

Green stated that the first inspiration for The Fault in Our Stars came from when he worked as a student chaplain at a kids' hospital. He found the children to be as human as healthy people, and wanted to capture the feeling that "the stories that I was reading sort of oversimplified and sometimes even dehumanized them. And I think generally we have a habit of imagining the very sick or the dying as being kind of fundamentally other. I guess I wanted to argue for their humanity, their complete humanity." He was initially intimidated by the idea and knew that it was not his story to tell, but said he has received positive comments from sick children.

Augustus "Gus" Waters was born on March 14, 1994 and is a main character and the male love interest in The Fault in Our Stars. Hazel Grace Lancaster was born on September 29th 1996. She is aged seventeen, has no siblings and is the daughter to Mr. Lancaster and Mrs. Lancaster


On December 21, 2011, Barnes & Noble accidentally shipped 1500 copies of The Fault in Our Stars before the release date to people who had pre-ordered the book.The Fault in Our Stars debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list for Children's Chapter Books.

AUTHORJohn Green

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