The Fault in Our Stars
By: John Green
Summary By: CyLee Tyson
Hazel is in Support Group one day when a new boy catches her eye. Well, they catch one another's eyes. Soon enough, she and Augustus (The new boy) are flirtatious friends and talk to each other about everything. Hazel shares her favorite book, An Imperial Affliction, with Augustus, and together they obsess about the unsolved ending. Augustus manages to somehow get through to the author, Peter Van Houten and when Hazel emails him, he invites her to come to Amsterdam to discuss the ending of the book.
In the meantime, Augustus and Hazel's good friend Isaac is losing his eye (the only one he has left) so that he can be cancer-free at last. In the process though, he loses his girlfriend Monica, who can't "deal" with having a blind boyfriend as well.
So Augustus surprises Hazel by telling her that he still has his wish (the "Wish" that they grant to dying children) from when he had cancer and lost his leg, and he'd happily use it to take her to Amsterdam to meet Peter Van Houten, the author of An Imperial Affliction Hazel of course, is over the moon about the whole idea, but first she has to convince her fluctuate, worried parents and her skeptical doctors.
Eventually, they manage to get their trip in order and take off into the great unknown with Hazel's mother. They go to Amsterdam and have beautiful and romantic times, but when they meet Peter Van Houten, it doesn't exactly go as planned. First of all, he's a rude drunk, as well as a very harsh person. He's just a hateful drunk and doesn't answer any of Hazel's questions. Hazel is angry, but Peter's assistant Lidewij takes her and Augustus out to explore Amsterdam. They see Anne Frank's house, where things start to pay off, because she and Augustus finally kiss. They go back to the hotel room and even more intense things happen.
Augustus then tells her harsh news: his cancer has returned. When they return to Indianapolis, it's clear that Augustus's health is deteriorating and he might not have much time left. In a heartbreaking scene, Hazel and Isaac even share the eulogies that they wrote for him. Throughout it all, Hazel is there with Augustus, until the very end.
When he dies, Hazel is shocked and filled with grief. At his funeral, though, she gives a different eulogy than the one she had written him. Why? Well, she realizes that she needs to deliver something that has a more neat appearance to his parents, who are now suffering.
At the funeral, she's shocked to see that Peter Van Houten is there. She talks to him and realizes that he wrote An Imperial Affliction because he had a daughter who died of cancer. She's no closer to liking Van Houten as a person, but she understands a little more why he's so tortured and grouchy. She also learns from Isaac that Augustus was writing something for her before he died. She proceeds to go on a kind of crazy search for what he's written, which she thinks might be the alternate ending to An Imperial Affliction that she wanted so badly. She also learns that her mother is taking classes to become a Support Group leader, and is relieved that there will be life for her parents after she dies.
At the very end, she learns from Lidewij that Augustus wrote her a eulogy that he sent to Van Houten. The book ends with her reading the eulogy, which states that he hopes that she's happy with the choices she made.
Hazel says that yes, she is happy.
Things I like about this book:
- I like that their is a twist in this story
Things I didn't like about this:
- I don't like that the story doesn't go on to say what Hazel goes on to do after the funeral.
I would recommend this book and author to others.