Book Project #6

Amanda Sherman (6th period)

The Fault In Our Stars vs Looking For Alaska

How were they similar?

The two books had many similarities, but the biggest one is that they were both written by John Green. Both books were written about young teenagers and their daily lives with friends and families. In TFIOS Augustus and Hazel travel to Amsterdam, Miles also travels in Looking For Alaska, to his boarding school in Alabama. The last big similarity is in both books the two main characters are a boy and girl couple.

How were they different?

The texts not only had similarities, but they also had differences. In TFIOS Hazel and Augustus had both been diagnosed with cancer at one point in their lives where as in Looking For Alaska nobody had any diseases that were discussed. Another difference is that in one book both characters live at home and in the other book both characters live at a boarding school, away from home.

Whick book did I enjoy more? Why?

Although both books were very well written, I would have to say that TFIOS was the book I enjoyed more. I related more to TFIOS because of the religious aspect, and the fact that the main characters were both young teenagers. John Greene also made Looking For Alaska about young teenagers, but i felt more connected to Hazel and Augustus's lifestyle. TFIOS drew you in to the love life of the two young teenagers better than Looking For Alaska. These few things made me enjoy The Fault In Our Stars more.

Which characters did you relate to better? Why?

I related to Hazel a lot more than I did to Miles (Pudge) in Looking For Alaska. Not just because we are both girls, but because she had a mushy gushy love story that I can relate too. Hazel also had a very supporting family, just as I did when dealing with a critical disability I was diagnosed with, which made me relate more to her lifestyle. All together, Hazel and I had a lot of similarities when it came to treatment and hospitalizations. Pudge and I didn't have much in common, so I couldn't relate to him as I did with Hazel Grace.

Summary of The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars is about a young teenage girl, Hazel, who has been diagnosed with lung cancer and attends a cancer support group. Hazel is 16 and reluctantly goes to a support group at her mom’s request, but soon realizes that it was a good idea. Hazel meets a young boy named Augustus Waters. He is charming and witty. Augustus had osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, but has recently been diagnosed as cancer free. Hazel and Augustus embark on a roller coaster of emotions ranging from complete happiness to utter despair, while searching for the author of their favorite book. Augustus decides to use his wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, to travel to Amsterdam in search of Peter Van Houten the author of An Imperial Affliction, a book about a girl also diagnosed with cancer, to learn of the book’s ending. While on their trip, Augustus discloses some heartbreaking news to Hazel about his cancer no longer being in remission, which causes both of their worlds to fall apart around them.

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Summary of Looking For Alaska

Miles Halter, a sixteen-year-old, has a fascination for last word. He begins his scholastic adventure at Culver Creek boarding school in Alabama with an introduction to his roommate Chip "Colonel" Martin. Chip nicknames Miles "Pudge" and introduces him to Alaska Young, a beautiful, literate and intellectually gifted teenager with a head full of elaborate pranks. Because of his new friends, unfortunately Miles learns to drink, smoke, and escape punishment. A few days following a major, adrenaline-pumping prank, Alaska drives insanely drunk, causing her to crash her car and die on impact.
Miles and Chip, both grieving for their lost friend, wonder if she committed suicide or was killed accidentally. They decide to go on a quest to search for evidence of the reasons behind her death. They begin to feel guilty though because they were the last people to see her alive and did not stop her from driving drunk. From his experiences with this loss, Miles learns valuable lessons about loyalty, friendship, and life.

(The story is broken into two parts, before and after. After being, the aftermath of Alaska’s accident)

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