The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
Everything is a side effect of dying
After Augustus reads Hazel's favorite book, An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten, he decides to take Hazel on an adventure of a life-time, one that changes them both forever.
While Hazel's battle with cancer seems like the central conflict in the book, the real conflict is Hazel working through her fear of attachment and living what little life she has left.
Hazel's outburst during support group shows everyone her perspective, especially Augustus, who is attending the group for the first time that Hazel knows of. Throughout the book, Hazel always recognizes the shortness of life, even shorter for some than for others, and seems to accept that her life will end. It is through her experiences with Augustus, however, that she learns to see things a little bit differently.
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