The Fault in Our Stars

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Hazel is dying.  She’s at peace with her fate, there’s nothing wrong with death.  She was actually expecting to have died last week, but one of the plethora of treatments had worked to shrink her cancerous tumor, giving her a little more time.

Not wanting to be the poor dying girl, Hazel joins a Cancer Kid Support group at her local hospital.  She likes it there, everyone is in the same boat, there’s no misplaced pity.  And then one day a strange boy strides through the double doors, looks into her eyes and tells her the one thing she never expected to hear.

Her life is a dream.  Possibly even a dream within a dream!

The world melts away, as he takes her on a journey to find a way to wake up.

They start at the very beginning.  Hazel was born 12 years ago, in that same hospital.  There they are, standing in the corner as Hazel’s mother cradles her newborn baby.  Hazel knows from the story that it will just be a few minutes before the doctor comes in to tell her parents that their child is doomed to die.  But that’s a lie, that’s a dream, and Hazel and August rush to the corridor to find the crooked doctor.   Sure enough, a crazy looking man with an enormous handlebar moustache is stealing a lab coat from a closet, laughing maniacally.

August pulls out a sword, and so does the non-doctor.  They parry and thrust their way down the corridor, into the elevator, onto the street, and in a feat of impressive swordsmanship August forces him into the back of a police car.

Hazel is thrilled with the turn of events, she can now do everything that a normal girl does.

August goes along with her as they have tea parties that Disney princesses actually attend, play Barbie with the neighbors, go to camp, play soccer, and race each other her school’s staircase.  Hazel recognizes something is a bit strange when she’s plucked out of a shopping trip to be an extra in the newest Harry Potter film, but just assumes that her life truly is spectacular.  At the top, there’s a door Hazel has never seen and she knows that something important is behind it.  She opens the door, and walks into her hospital room.

It’s the day the doctor came in to tell her that a miracle had occurred, one of the treatments had worked, she had more time left.

But he doesn’t.  Instead all he does is sadly shake his head.  Hazel turns to Augustus, who won’t meet her eyes.  She drifts towards the sobbing girl on the bed, folding into the frail body.  Hazel fights hard to free herself, pushing against the invisible bonds with all her might.

And it’s there that Hazel opens her eyes, and sees her family huddled around her tombstone.  Augustus was only half right; her entire life wasn’t a dream, just the part where her tumor was shrunk.  She was dead.

Hazel looks over at Augustus, who does seem a bit blurred, now that she’s really looking.  Truth be told, so does she.  But that’s okay, and as he turns away, Hazel follows him.  It’s time to fight some dragons.


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