The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
Hazel discusses Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs: "According to Maslow, I was stuck on the second level of the pyramid, unable to feel secure in my health and therefore unable to reach for love and respect and art and whatever else, which is, of course, utter horseshit: The urge to make art or contemplate philosophy does not go away when you are sick. Those urges just become transfigured by illness." Discuss this statement, and whether you agree with Maslow or Hazel.
Even though The Fault in Our Stars deals with timeless questions, it has many markers of the year it was written -- from Facebook pages to text messages and TV show references. Do you think these things will affect its ability to endure over the years or do the concrete references enhance its appeal?
What affect does the mingling of normal teenage problems (break ups, coming of age) with a terminal diagnosis create in the novel? For instance, do you think it is realistic that Isaac would care more about his break up with Monica than his blindness?
Were you satisfied with the ending?