I know these are not important literary questions and that your book is full of important literary questions, but I would just really like to know. And of course, if you. Full text of "The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - extract" left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently. The Fault in Our Stars book. Published January 10th by Dutton Books My biggest mess involved two boys in particular who were so incredibly full of.
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He's so sweet-seeming discuss, and Hazel thinks more and more about it at the end of the book. He often sacrifices his life while playing video games with Isac for the sake of saving others. Is this a good or bad thing to want in life? I mean, is this something any of us can ever control anyway?
Augustus seems to be disappointed that his life will not mean something more. But does life ever mean more? I think for me, watching Augustus and Hazel discuss and wrestle with this idea reminded me that I ought to always work to take whatever is in front of me and maximize those experiences. As much as any of us might wish for a grander life, we will only get one life the one we are living now , and we just have to make it the very best it can be.
But perhaps that's too easy for me to say, since I don't have cancer and don't have to face death today like Augustus did. Did you love it?
Did you hate it? I thought it was an annoying little quirk at first. Apparently I'm kind of a jerk. He was denying death and its power every time he held a cigarette in his mouth but didn't light it. One day we feel we have it, and the next day we don't. For Augustus, I guess he probably felt he lost it once he drove late that night to download cigarettes but then had to call Hazel and later an ambulance to help him because he wasn't strong enough to accomplish this task on his own due to his sickness.
I cried when Hazel gave him a pack of cigarettes at his funeral. You do NOT have to discuss these ideas. It's just a jumping-off point. Let us know: Did you like the book? Hate the book? Get bored with the book? Cry your eyes out with the book?
Are we all making plans to see the movie together??? Thanks for joining me this month! And don't forget that in March we'll be reading The Lowland. Though after seeing and shedding a few tears the trailer, I have this feeling that the movie version will affect me more than the book did. I have to admit, this was the first book in a long time that I devoured in just under 24 hours.
I just could not put it down! Never the less, this might encourage some readers, inspired by this book, to make a change to their lives to fulfill such wishes. I chose the audio book version and listened to it in the car while running errands and found I had to shut it off several times to avoid accidents because of the blurry vision the tears gave my eyes.
I loved this book! One of my new faves, so much that I sent a copy to my friend across the country. Maybe this book could be looked at as a way for readers to be more conscientious of their impact on the people around us every day. I read it in bed, on the school bus, during breaks, at the bus stop on the way home… And cried at all these places too. I was 16 at the time so I felt strongly connected to Hazel and Gus, and all the topics the book is about hit home.
The very thought of living a meaningless life makes me want to go to bed immediately and sleep the sick feeling away! Even though the characters and their relationship were extremely poetic when I prefer actual, real people and conversations, with things left unsaid and misunderstandings and no super romantic confessions, I was still deeply touched by this book and I will keep my copy forever to hopefully pass it on to my children and grandchildren as I believe it could open their minds to important questions.
Am I the only one that thought the book was just fine? At 29, I felt too old to read and sympathize with this book—it all felt really predictable to me. Anyone else? I am definitely NOT a teenager! Even people whose lives will be shorter than average are entitled to love, joy, romance and all the other emotions that come with deep human connection.
Augustus knew that, and taught Hazel that. John Green is amazing!!!! I read this book in a day or two because I literally could not put it down. The story was wonderful, the characters were so loveable, and John did a fantastic job making the reader really care about them. I am so excited for the movie to come out, because judging by the trailer they did an amazing job.
And kept crying. I think I cried for six straight hours until the end of the book. My husband thought I was nuts. Discussion questions: At first I found this annoying and somewhat contrived. In a similar way he tried to live for the benefit of others; like giving his wish to Hazel or sacrificing himself in the video games for Isaac. It would be very difficult to make new friends. As Hazel described, the kids in the cancer group were pretty dissimilar, except that they all had cancer.
It makes sense to me that she would withdraw into her own small world of people she knew were safe and try not to make new friends or foster relationships. I like it but I think it is not that spectacular. Although it made me cry, but I was really affected to the live eulogy delivered by Isaac.
Really breaks my heart! I think this will be a great movie!!! I love the way Hazel and Gus contradick each other. Gus wanting to live a big inprint on the wold and Hazel wanting to shield her friends form the pain her death will cause.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. Oh gosh! I probably would have had this problem too if I were listening. I loved this book. I wrote a little blurb on my blog post today about my Feb. I cried ugly sobs at the end of this book, also when she gave him the pack of cigarettes. Something I took from this book was really about caring for the dying until the very end.
The end for Augustus got lonely, with some good days, and bad days like anger, wanting to be alone, etc. I just thought every bit of that part of the story was so real and raw. I also love books with other booky references, so I got a kick out of the same thing.
The quote about the stars, where the title comes from… ugh, just love that. Sarah M. A great review. I wrote a little mini one myself, over on my blog: I have to say, throughout most of the book I was just worried that the last page would end without a proper ending, like in Imperial Affliction. It would have been as devastating as the story itself and I really wanted to know what happens to Hazel. The trailer for the film has also really impressed me.
Yes, I agree. Oh, I love your story. So many of the Harry Potter books were like that for me growing up. I also love that you made your whole family read it and they all had different perspectives on it. Although I loved the book.
I thought this book was great. It was so genuine and believable. The part that got me more than anything is when Hazel was talking about how every time she went to the doctor, they asked her how bad her pain was and even when it was at its worst, she said 9. Augustus was her That k. Absolutely did not see any signs that Augustus would die first, up until I read your notes!
So, thanks Emma! I think he does achieve something in the end — when he gets Hazel closer to the end of the story…and makes her realize she lived fully during their time together. Despite the tragic subject, one of my favorite aspects of this book is the omnipresent, brilliant sense of humor. Thanks for sharing! Your English is excellent.
I only know one language so I am always SO impressed by people who know more. The story was sad but because I raced through it I found that it affected me a lot less than other teary reads. As a new mum, I found the passages between Hazel and her mum by far the saddest. First of all, I loved it. I knew it would hit me hard which is why I mentally prepared myself to read it…nothing can prepare you for love lost and death. And its ok. I think the universe wanting to be noticed hurt my heart.
It just hurt. But it made me cry. We had a family friend die last year of cancer. It happened too much and was cheesy to me. One small thing that bugged me. My husband likes to jokingly make fun of me when I cry during books. New video in our blog! Yes, I saw the trailer a little before finishing the book and it kind of messed with me. As I had my own imaginative ideas about what the characters and world looked like.
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While I was reading the part about Gus at the gas station, I got a call saying my Grandfather died. Loss is the worst pain. But then the story just grabs you in and it becomes sooooo much more than that and I loved that it made me think about life and death in a way that I never had before.
Towards the end, I cried more times than I care to admit, but it was so hard not to!! It got me thinking one day, that I will probably never have a Wikipedia page dedicated to my life. I may not do anything in my life that will affect the entire world, but I most definitely will do something that will affect the people close in my life. John Green has amazing talent. Hazel and Augustus were such well developed characters and the story line was great. Did anyone else want to know how long she lived??
It meant so much to him to have a little bit of control over his life and health-even if it was an illusion. Ugh, I want to go back and read the book all over again!
I completely agree. A friend of mine read it a few weeks ago and she agreed with me when I asked her opinion we are both However, I find myself really looking forward to the movie. Like someone said above I feel like that will affect me more than the book and I think Shailene Woodley is great. I usually end up disappointed. However, I was pleasantly surprised to read a new take on the way teens deal with cancer.
I felt like there was a good chance that the characters would be immensely scared or angry the whole time. The book had a fair amount of humor as well, which made the story line less depressing, although sadness is meant to be a key element.
And you know how cigarettes are filtered? I really enjoyed how their friendship progresses and all the ways he shows her he cares.
I just posted a little review to my blog, as well! I thought the book was a good read, but nothing special. I think what made it special is the topic and the viewpoints of life from teenagers who are dying. I felt the exact same! The trailer though! Oh, that had me experiencing all of the feels. Sometimes people want to get after teenagers for thinking they know everything or that they are invincible, but in reality as adults we can miss some really obvious ideas and thoughts by becoming bogged down with life.
I love reading YA books every once in a while, it reminds me to be thoughtful and that I can still be figuring out what I want from life. I thought this book was great! I think the author did a brilliant job of referencing other literary works, like you said.
I want to talk some about Peter van Houten…. I think he was a brilliant character and I love that he and his book were completely made up, yet so impactful on both Hazel and Augustus.
But I was entirely surprised about his reaction to Hazel and Augustus. I feel like the goodness in him is what made him respond to their letters initially, and then his brokenness is what led him to behave like a complete jerk to a dying teenager sidenote: Anyway, I would have liked for the author to go into a bit more detail about exactly how broken Peter Van Houten was by the loss of his daughter, and the fact that Hazel dressing up like her actually caused him pain as opposed to making him happy that his character had such an impact on a reader.
I feel like it was mentioned only briefly, when it had to have meant so much more to Hazel than was narrated because of the way she could relate to the cancer as well as her fear of how her parents would cope when she was gone. Sorry it was mega scattered. Final thoughts: I started reading this with only a vague idea of what that book would be about.
I try to start a book with low expectations and little to no idea of the plot. Often I choose a book based on the title and one or two lines from the back cover. So this book was a delightful surprise. I really liked how the book touched on loss. Hazel assumed because of her diagnosis that she would be the one causing people to feel loss and pain, so I think she was unprepared even though she knew it was coming with Gus to experience loss.
I found that to be the most compelling part of the book. I thought it was wonderfully written with memorable characters and quite a lot of scenes in which I cried so hard. I love to read, but lately it has taken me weeks or months to finish a book. I read this book in one afternoon, it was so good! Some of my favorite parts are the ones with Isaac and how Hazel and Gus try to support him and remain good friends with him even through all of their difficult days. As for how Gus views death and living for a heroic life, I can relate to that.
I think we all want to do something great with our life and fear wasting the precious days we have left. Although I do not have some life-threating illness, I have been in two major car accidents and that really puts life into perspective. After the most recent accident just a couple months ago , I had a really tough time dealing with the thought that life can end so suddenly. What if she lived for several more years and just hid herself in her room?
Sure, she would minimize the hurt, but I also feel she would waste her last precious years. By sharing my story with others, I hope to encourage them and help them through their tough time. I think my absolute favorite part of the book though was how Gus always tried to do so much for Hazel. He gave up his wish for her and even wrote her eulogy. To me he did live a heroic life.
Yes, Hazel was deeply hurt when he died, but I think he did make life better for her when he was alive. Also, every person will have to face losing someone they love. I keep wondering: Would I want to have a facebook memorial wall or would I want someone to delete my profile? Is that stupid?
Does anyone else think about things like that? I personally loved the characters in the book. On the other hand, I think that Gus was just as brave to let himself fall for Hazel. It would be pretty hard to let someone outside your own family see you in the state he was in, but he did it anyway because he wanted to be happy in his last days. Something that van Houten said about his daughter really stuck out to me: He said she suffered beautifully.
Like I said, I really enjoyed this book. I agree with a previous poster that you should read Looking for Alaska as well, it is a beautiful book.
All this! This was the biggest take away for me. Even with it being classified as a YA book, there is no denying that the theme of being the change where you to whomever is around you is a big deal and it applies to those of all ages.
Looking forward to the movie! I read this book for only several hours. That book made me reminiscent on my high school days, the 4 characters really had strong impact, I cried on the middle of the book and so much more. I recommend you read it too. I thought that the cigarette thing was the perfect type of affectation a teenager would pick up. Augustus definitely had a persona built up around him. When he was going to download a pack and failed , it showed his human weakness, and how something that may have started out as a way to be clever had turned into an emotional trigger, even a crutch.
I feel the same as a few comments above say that the story was kind of predictable, somehow I knew how it was going to end. I really liked this book, it was a quick and easy read that sparked big emotions. Also, I am loving this book club. I also listened to it as an audio book on my way to and from classes this month. What a tear-jerker! At the end of the story, when it shared his history and explained a bit more about why he is the way he is, I still disliked him.
Thanks, Emma! Most of the younger books are too kiddie and the teen section ranges from 13yo appropriate to high school material. I prefer books like Mr. But I ended up loving this one.
And hating it. But the hate came because I loved it so much and it made me cry so much — I bawled my eyes out after it was over and burst in to happy, grateful tears any time anything good happened in my life for the rest of the day. I felt so stupid. I think that Hazel was afraid to be a grenade because, not only was she highly aware that people who befriend her would have to pick up the pieces of their life after she was gone, but because it hurts so incredibly much to be experiencing something wonderful and then to realize it has to end.
When Augustus came in to the picture, Hazel had figured out how to be as small a grenade as possible, but befriending him opened up a whole different world of possibilities. There was the risk of becoming more than just friends — which she fought for quite a while. It was tragic, yet it made complete sense and was probably better than actually watching the rest of her decline. I just want to thank you for organizing this virtual book club. I often struggle with reading for pleasure, as I find it difficult to find books that hook me in right from the start.
So thanks for the boost in my self esteem! Those of us who are blamed when old for reading childish books were blamed when children for reading books too old for us. No reader worth his salt trots along in obedience to a time-table. I read this book a few months back and loved it even though I was crying throughout.
It does deal with really tough topics, but it also has so many laugh out loud moments. It cracked me up when they were writing the ad for the swingset. There were so many sweet, heartbreaking moments.
For me, the best part of the book was just spending time with these characters. It was worth the tears to struggle along with them through the good and bad. First of all I have to thank you, Emma. This is really awesome!
I just joined this month and ordered already the next book. I especially loved all those witty dialogues. I loved reading and re-reading them because there always was a hidden deeper meaning to them. They also embraced the English language with all those plays on words which was really nice I think. Great choice! There were a couple nights my husband asked if we were going to have dinner or not as I was too worried about what was going to happen on the next page to stop reading.
I loved how Gus made fun of her for using her wish on Disney World, like so may others. I liked that Hazel corrected them when they called her his special friend before speaking at his funeral… Girlfriend, I was his girlfriend. I was sad for this book to end but really does make you think about the impact you want to leave when our time in this world is up. Great choice Emma! Great point, Sarah! I think both Hazel and Augustus had important perspectives.
Hazel first: Think about it, do we want to hurt the ones we love? Even if the hurt is out of our control ie. I know I would try to protect those close to me. And, I think it would be really hard letting new even old friends people in, when you knew your time left was short.
Personally, I do believe most people live and die for a greater good whether they are conscience of it or not. That greater good could be big or small. I know my greater good is raising my 3 kids to be moral, hardworking adults.
And I want to help people and different causes anyway I can. I think Augustus helps us to think about that. She warned me that cancer was romanticized in the novel. Their vulnerability, the way they went through life and how they loved Hazel, ah..
This is the first book I have read in less then 3 days…. I could not put it down. Young reader or night I enjoyed every second.
The relationship with Hazel and Augustus is what really got me. Sick or not it was every teenager wants at that age and how easily it came to them made it even more exciting for me. I felt they were soul mates even if it was for a short time. Their sense of humor also kept me intrigued. I was surprised that Augustus was the one that was going to die first…and yes I cried like a baby through out that part.
Could not help myself. Of course through out the whole book I kept hoping for a miracle and that would be together forever. I understood why Hazel wanted to protect him from getting too attached to her to save him from heart break…but I all I wanted was for them to be together.
Such a wonderful book and I have been recommending to everyone.
Thanks for a wonderful choice. Right, I completely agree with Tabea! John Green tackled BIG issues with grace and clarity. His main characters were very well-developed admittedly, they were a bit beyond their years, but perhaps that sort of internal growth happens when facing such existential crises. The symbolism and imagery were spot on. The playground of bones where children would learn to navigate a world where death is ever-present?
So good. Just the familiarity that Gus and Hazel have to have with death is incredible. It is a reality for them. There was so much to think about! I read a lot: I love the dialogue. My favorite line: I read it on the recommendation of some of my older students, and as I am unable to EVER remove my teacher head, I read it a lot through their eyes. I thought it was provoking and profound. Plus, I love a witty teen female character, always a good role model.
One teensy little thing- I thought Augustus was a bit soppy… That might be just my taste though! Thanks for that, Liz! My favourite part, and the one that I teared up a bit, was when Hazel finds out that her mom had been studying. To me, the whole reason why she wanted to know the end of IA so badly was because she wanted to know what would happen to her mom after her death.
Which is why, when she found out that her mom was studying, it was such an emotional point for me. I absolutely loved that! I feel the same way. I kept expecting deep revelations at this point in the novel and the eulogies really just felt shallow and obvious.
I understand her point that funerals are for the living, but i had hoped her eulogy would bring me closer to both her and Gus by shedding a deeper light on their relationship. Overall i enjoyed the book, but did not LOVE it. A good, quick read with both witty and tragic parts. I really enjoyed the fact that it was a true example of how a teenager with fatal cancer would live the rest of her life.
It was just what it would be. Though the book was sad, it was also inspiring to live life to the fullest even when there are obstacles in your way. I also must thank you for starting this book club, as it has gotten me back into reading! The Fault In Our Stars was a quick, enjoyable read. I must admit that Isaac was my favorite character. For me the saddest and most true part of the story was the fact that the characters with cancer would forever be treated as cancer patients except by other cancer patients.
What secrets do we keep to avoid being treated differently? I have a terminal illness?
My husband is cheating on me? I have tons of debt? He may not deserve our friendship but he does deserve our compassion. Sorry, that got long. Having a grand time reading, thank you ABM. So… In my opnion this is a great book, but not an amazing one. In regards to the discussion topics: The fact that Augustus is disapointed because he wants to have a great purpose, and be heroic is one of the very few things that indentifies him as a teenager… sometimes trough the book I feel that they are so much older than they really are..
I think Green wanted so much to expose the pain that is to have such a treacherous disease that he used the age of the characters to appeal to our emotions and the characters many times does not act and behave as if they really are teenagers.
I will say I loved this book — teenager lit or not. I thought it was a sweet love story that reminded me of my first love. I am a mom, so reading this as a mom was a bit hard. With regards to the first question — Hazels grenade effect — I can see her point of view. Why form connections when you risk being hurt, as she did by Gus, and your risk hurting.
I think it is normal to have that fear and worry about what will happen to your family after you die and to some extent you can distance yourself and maybe make it less painful for others.
However, looking at the relationship between Gus and Hazel, I think if we were able to ask Hazel she would share with us that she very much valued her relationship with Gus and the risk of the grenade was well worth it. I think this statement highlighted for Hazel that her death is not necessarily a grenade but rather her life is an opportunity to be loved. Interesting interpretation of the characters age.
I agree they did not act their age but I more interpreted that to be due to their illness. Cancer or staring death in the face will quickly cause someone to grow emotionally quickly. I felt it fit the characters well to act a bit more grown up. The reality is they are not living a life where they can plan for prom or apply to going away for collge.
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Their reality is marked by a limited life span and limited options. Or at least this is what I imagined as I read the book. I think I would have been much more absorbed in the characters were I 13 instead of Some of my favorite quotes:.
I love how whimsical and immediate? Gus was. He did anything he could think of the first thing he thought of, it seemed to make other people happy. When Isaac got dumped, he encouraged him to break the trophies and just let loose so to speak. Just dropped everything and came over.
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Same concept with the egging of the car: The book was brilliant and very touching. Im glad I read your different aspect on the book. I havent caught such a deep subtext. I saw the new trailer for the movie and I cannot wait to watch it!!
Anyway the movie seems to be a bit different though. I probably need to take a huge pack of tissues to wipe tears and blow my nose. I dont want to expect a lot though since movies are usually not as good as books and high expectations bring disappointment.
I agree with you on the book, I mean, I cried a lot reading it, but I was also annoyed at times. I thought the book was a good read too, but not amazing. Loved the ending though. That made me cry for sure. I read the book in less than 24 hours as well. I really enjoyed reading it and cried a lot as well , but, as many of you already stated, it is kind of childish writing. But I think that does not matter, it made me think in a lot of really -I like to think- mature things.
I know it seems stupid, but I thought it was intelligent. Like, you want to feel that you have some control over your life and at least doing that, you feel in a way you can.
I also found really interesting when Gus says his afraid of oblivion, but not of dying. I thought the characters in general were human and real.
I like the idea of a really sensitive guy, but I thought it was way too much exaggerated. And then, while he is getting sicker and sicker, you can see the most real and human part of himself, and so you start to like him even more.
I loved the book! I am however frustrated with Hazels point of view on it. I wanted more, I wanted her to express herself more. I also want to know if she lived through her cancer.
Honestly I want to know more about Hazel. Did she live a long life? Did she die? Does she move on? I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone. Also, reading through this discussion has definitely made me appreciate the story and the depth of the author WAY more than if i had just analyzed my own response to it.
I love that! BTW, forgot to say in my other comment. But this one felt a bit different. Even though some moments I wish the dialogues were so much more down to earth, some quotes are also great. Things I did not see that way before or just a different point of view. I lost my father this last year to ALS and everything Hazel went through watching someone you love die I went through. The kids eat them up. They really speak to the younger soul.
This is my most favourite book ever! I really want to read the book a second time because I love it so much! I read the whole book in one night, and cried in my room for hours! I think so many YA books get a bad rep these days. There are so many great YA authors out there John Green included that most people are missing out on well written and engaging stories. I personally think we need to reclassify modern literature….
I too read this book on a plane and tried so hard not to cry! My favorite character was Isaac. I thought it was interesting he focused so much on his ex girlfriend and took that pain so deeply while he was going blind. I loved it and recommended it to several people and have even started rereading it already.
She is so worried with how they will deal with her death and seems to feel guilty for even being alive. Later we find out that he lost a child to cancer and sees his daughter in Hazel. She tells him to deal with his stuff and spread what good he had left to the world.
That her life is a gift to them no matter how short. I loved so much about this book but I think this made the biggest impression on me. Thank you for getting me to finally read it! I loved it! It was such a beautiful story. I read it in one night, and was holding an apple cinnamon waffle my boyfriend brought me and just sobbing on the couch.
It definitely affected me. Do I think it was the greatest book ever? No, but it definitely resited my love for literature, and I look forward to reading it again at a slower pace to pick up all the nuances and on the relationship between them. The idea of being different from those around you, not only in regards to cancer, but also in regards to their intelligence and love for literature and just general life experience as teenagers was central to this book for me.
The idea of many infinities resonated, that there is an infinity of numbers between 0 and 1 but also between 0 and 2 and 0 and 5. There are an infinity of moments no matter how long you know or love somebody.
The references to shakespeare and poetry made me fall back in love with literature again. I also really like what you pointed out about there being so many signs that Gus would go first. I assumed he would, because I think we all expected Hazel to die due to the terminal cancer, versus his higher chance of survival. The universe wants to be noticed. However, upon reading it again, I found it rather arrogant that the characters were too high and mighty and that it was too simply thought of.
Then, last month, I reread it, and I found it wonderful once again. I dunno, something changed in how I perceived the characters. I could relate to them more, so you I think that you are right in the age bit.
Yes, there are those that turn their noses up at young adult books which frankly, to me, seems ignorant! Amber Lovely Notions. I have been overly in many cases emotionally attached to characters in the past.
But this book was something else. The book was on the floor and I was sobbing uncontrollably thank god no one was home I was so emotionally exhausted by the end of the book. But also knew I had just experienced exactly what john green probably set out to achieve. It was a brilliant but awful feeling. Brilliant but awful. I think that Hazel put up a strong exterior, but in the inside she was afraid, afraid of letting on in, especially a guy that she was falling for.
She kept fighting, but there were times when I felt like she was giving up. She had a condition that had a time limit for her.
Hazel knows she is dying of cancer, and even when she makes an instant connection with survivor Augustus Waters at a youth support group, she is determined not to start a romance with him "I'm a grenade and at some point I'm going to blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties, okay?
Even so, when he uses his Wish to take her to Amsterdam to meet a reclusive author she loves, it is impossible to deny that he loves her -- and she loves him. And though she soon learns that Gus has a painful secret, Hazel learns that loving others is worth it, even when it leaves a "scar. Be prepared: This is a tearjerker dealing with dying -- and surviving the death of a loved one. Parents who read this book along with their teens will be particularly moved by Hazel's parents, who soothe her anxiety by telling her about their plans for after she has died "Even when you die, I will still be your mom, Hazel Green wrote this book after making a friendship with a teen with cancer, and his attention to detail is remarkable, from descriptions of equipment to what it feels like to be stared at by well-meaning strangers.
Readers may be perplexed about an alcoholic author who begins making appearances in Hazel's life, and may be unsure if he is really there or just a symbol. This decision seems a bit out of step with what is otherwise a realistic and emotionally harrowing book about love and loss. But Hazel's honest narration and her strength to love despite the consequences will capture teens' attention most. In the end, this is a painful book, but well worth it. Families can talk about what it would be like to know you are dying.
Would you do anything differently? Why does Hazel say she feels like a "grenade" and tell her parents she wants to "minimize the casualties" by staying away from people?
Also, the author's other books, such as Looking for Alaska , are often called edgy. What makes a book "Young Adult," and when does it crossover into being an adult story?
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But my friends and I will be reading Looking for Alaska next hopefully they would be as great as this one. After Augustus finishes reading her book, he is frustrated upon learning that the novel ends abruptly without a conclusion.
I re-read some chapters along the way. Kaui Hart Hemmings.