The Fault in Our Stars

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Hazel Grace Lancaster Character Analysis

The novel’s narrator and protagonist, Hazel is a 16-year-old girl living with a terminal form of thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs. Because of her cancer she is forced to carry an oxygen tank. A precocious and conscientious girl, Hazel thinks deeply about her life and death, deciding to keep those around her at a distance because she believes her death will damage them. Through falling in love with Augustus, however, she develops a new perspective on life and death, and comes to terms with her impermanence and the effect it will have on others.

Hazel Grace Lancaster Quotes in The Fault in Our Stars

The The Fault in Our Stars quotes below are all either spoken by Hazel Grace Lancaster or refer to Hazel Grace Lancaster. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Books edition of The Fault in Our Stars published in 2014.
Chapter 1 Quotes

Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time thinking about death.

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker), Mrs. Lancaster
Page Number: 3
Explanation and Analysis:

Hazel's mother becomes worried about her daughter, who seems increasingly despondent as of late. Mrs. Lancaster urges Hazel, who has terminal cancer, to see a doctor about treatment, since depression can be a side effect of a cancer diagnosis. In this quote, Hazel refutes her mother's logic, saying that depression is actually a side effect of dying rather than of cancer.

This opening to the novel shows the reader how Hazel typically spends her time: resting, reading, and thinking about her own impending mortality. It does seem that she has depressive symptoms, which is understandable given her terminal cancer. This passage has a certain resigned, even sarcastic tone to it, suggesting that though Hazel's rumination on the topic of death is not exactly healthy for her mental state, her diagnosis is something she has accepted. It also shows that her parents are frequently concerned about her, and devote much of their time to caring for their daughter. We can also surmise that Hazel likely does not interact with many teenagers her age, since she rarely leaves the house for fun. 

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There is only one thing in this world shittier than biting it from cancer when you are sixteen, and that’s having a kid who bites it from cancer.

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker)
Page Number: 8
Explanation and Analysis:

After attending the support group for several weeks, Hazel no longer wants to go since she does not find it helpful, but continues to attend according to her mother's wishes. In this quote, Hazel acknowledges that whatever she is going through, her parents are going through an equal amount of emotional pain, if not worse. 

Throughout the novel, Hazel shows that she frequently does things not for her own sake, but for the wishes of her parents. Her parents' whole lives revolve around Hazel's medical care, and she is grateful for their love and attention. She considers her mother her best friend, and as much as she despises the support group, she is willing to put up with more sessions as long as it makes her mother happy. This shows that Hazel, despite thinking sometimes that she is a selfish teenager, is really very sensitive to her loved ones' emotions and needs, and is usually willing to put aside her desires to fulfill those of her parents. 

There was a time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be a time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker)
Page Number: 13
Explanation and Analysis:

In the support group one day, a boy tells the group that his greatest fear is oblivion: that no one will remember him after he is gone. In this quote, Hazel, who finds the anxiety around death and mortality to be exhausting, expresses her nihilistic views by pointing out that oblivion is not only likely, but certain. 

While many people, like Augustus's parents, cope with hardships using religion and encouraging words, Hazel chooses the exact opposite: she chooses to believe that death and oblivion are inevitable. By embracing nihilism, and choosing not to believe in anything at all, Hazel imagines the worst possible outcome so she cannot be scared or disappointed by what is to come. Though this concept of total oblivion after death comforts her in its absolutism, it also leads to circular preoccupations where all she can do is read the same book and think about the same things as she, in her mind, hurtles mindlessly towards death. In this quote, she takes a bitter tone in asserting that most people ignore their own oblivion--something that perhaps, she wishes she, too, could do. 

“Why are you looking at me like that?”
Augustus half smiled. “Because you’re beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence…I mean, particularly given that, as you so deliciously pointed out, all of this will end in oblivion and everything.”

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker), Augustus Waters (speaker)
Page Number: 16
Explanation and Analysis:

Augustus, the boy who spoke of oblivion in the support group, approaches Hazel after the session and begins to flirt with her. In this quote, he tells Hazel that he is staring at her because he finds her beautiful. 

Hazel, who does not regard herself as physically attractive due to low self-esteem and steroid-induced swelling from cancer treatments, would never assume that Augustus is staring at her because he finds her attractive. She assumes it's because he finds her to be an oddity, and prepares herself to be offended by his answers. As someone who does not spend a lot of time around teenage boys, she is shocked but allured by Augustus's sense of confidence and eloquence. His confidence and honesty shows Hazel that he has more experience in flirting than she does, but also that he is not afraid to tell her that he likes her on sight. Hazel, who spends most of her time with doting parents, is not used to being addressed and refuted like the way Augustus does in their first conversation. Though she is somewhat offended, she is more so intrigued, leading her to head to his house after the session. 

Chapter 2 Quotes

Cancer perks are the little things cancer kids get that regular kids don't: basketballs signed by sports heroes, free passes on late homework, unearned drivers licenses, etc.

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker)
Page Number: 23
Explanation and Analysis:

Augustus is a horrible driver, and Hazel is shocked that he even has a license. Augustus says that he failed his test four times, but on the fifth, the instructor told him his driving was unpleasant, but not technically unsafe. Hazel, getting into the swing of Augustus's flirty banter, tells him his license is probably a cancer perk. In this quote, Hazel explains that "cancer perks" are ways in which kids with the disease get certain things in life due to their illness. 

At this point in the novel, Hazel is much sicker than Augustus is, but "cancer perks" are something that they both share as teenagers with the disease. Augustus's driving is unsafe due to his difficulty driving with his left leg since he has a prosthetic right leg. Hazel, who takes an oxygen tank with her everywhere she goes, can commiserate with getting special treatment. Though the perks are nice, both Hazel and Augustus would agree that they would rather be healthy than get things they don't really deserve for free. Though Hazel still retains some friends from middle school, she has a hard time relating with them due to her situation, and finds comfort in being able to talk to Augustus about what it is like to be a teen with cancer. 

Chapter 3 Quotes

I liked my mom, but her perpetual nearness sometimes made me feel weirdly nervous. And I liked Kaitlyn, too. I really did. But three years removed from proper full-time schoolic exposure to my peers, I felt a certain unbridgeable distance between us.

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker), Mrs. Lancaster, Kaitlyn
Page Number: 45
Explanation and Analysis:

Hazel goes to the mall with her friend Kaitlyn, who attends the high school Hazel would have gone to if she did not have to leave school for cancer treatment. However, she cuts their time together short, claiming she is tired. In this quote, Hazel admits that while she loves her mother and her friends, their constant hovering sensitivity about her health makes her feel an "unbridgeable distance" between herself and others. 

Unlike Augustus, whose only outward sign of cancer is a limp due to his prosthetic leg, Hazel's health is unmistakably poor: her hair is short due to recent chemo treatments, and she carts an oxygen tank with her everywhere she goes. Everyone she interacts with is constantly reminded of her fragile mortality, and treats her with much more delicacy than she wishes. Though Hazel is weak in body she is strong in nature, and she finds it hard to interact constantly with people who act like she will break at any moment. This is why she spends much of her time alone, reading the one book that she feels truly understands what she is going through. 

Any attempts to feign normal social interactions were just depressing because it was so glaringly obvious that everyone I spoke to for the rest of my life would feel awkward and self-conscious around me, except maybe kids like Jackie who just didn’t know any better.

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker)
Page Number: 47
Explanation and Analysis:

A little girl at the mall approaches Hazel and asks her what is in her nose. Though the girl's mother reproaches the girl for bothering Hazel, Hazel doesn't mind and lets the girl try on the cannulas. In this quote, Hazel feels depressed at how brazenly the little girl, Jackie, asks her about her medical gear, in a way that no teenager or adult would dare approach her illness. 

Due to Hazel's medical gear, it makes it nearly impossible for friends, and even her own family members, to forget she is ill and treat her normally. This lack of basic social interaction pushes Hazel further and further away from her peers, and even her parents, and further into her world of books and circular thoughts about her own mortality. She and Augustus immediately hit it off because they both know what it is like to desperately want human interaction, but to feel constantly unsatisfied with the way they are treated due to their illness. 

Chapter 4 Quotes

Cancer kids are essentially side effects of the relentless mutation that made the diversity of life on earth possible.

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker)
Page Number: 49
Explanation and Analysis:

Hazel reads An Imperial Affliction for the umpteenth time, and reflects on how closely it aligns with her personal philosophy. In this quote, the character Anna notes that children who have cancer--a disease where a person's cells multiply uncontrollably, impairing the functions of organs--are simply a "side effect" of the cell mutation that accounts for the diversity of life on earth. 

Hazel has no tolerance for platitudes about cancer, which place the sick on a pedestal and laud them for being brave and heroic for fighting the disease. Hazel sees nothing heroic about her struggle, which consists of going through treatments that she and her parents hope will prolong her life--something anyone, brave or not, would go through. She appreciates the frankness of An Imperial Affliction, and feels comfort in the notion that her illness is just a biological product of the nature of life on planet earth. Unlike people who turn to religion to reason why someone got an illness and how they will be cured of it, Hazel prefers to turn to cold, hard logic and reason to tell herself that her terminal illness is not fate, but rather a statistical expectation of science. Her cancer has nothing to do with who she is, but rather the basic biology of her body. 

Chapter 5 Quotes

“Oh,” he said. “Caroline is no longer suffering from personhood.”
“Oh,” I said.
“Yeah,” he said.
“I’m sorry,” I said. I’d known plenty of dead people, of course. But I’d never dated one. I couldn't even imagine it, really.
“Not your fault, Hazel Grace. We’re all just side effects, right?”
“Barnacles on the container ship of consciousness,” I said, quoting AIA.

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker), Augustus Waters (speaker), Caroline Mathers
Page Number: 72
Explanation and Analysis:

Hazel asks Augustus about his ex-girlfriend, Caroline. In this quote, Augustus tells her that she is "no longer suffering from personhood," meaning that she died of cancer. Hazel is shocked at the notion of having had someone you dated die, and to cope with the awkwardness, they quote a book that they both now love, An Imperial Affliction.

Hazel's greatest fear as a terminal cancer patient is that her death will cause pain to the people she loves, namely her parents. Augustus brushes off any unintended pain Hazel might have caused by quoting AIA, which Hazel responds to with another quote. When Hazel begins to have feelings for Augustus, and it becomes clear that he is falling for her, her immediate thought is not to give in to what she wants, but rather to ensure that Augustus, who at the time appears to be healthier than she is, is not caused pain by losing another girlfriend to cancer. These are issues that most sixteen-and seventeen-year-olds don't have to deal with, but that Augustus and Hazel understand of each other in a way that no one else in their lives does. 

Chapter 6 Quotes

“I’m like. Like. I’m like a grenade, Mom. I’m a grenade and at some point I’m going to blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties, Okay…I just want to stay away from people and read books and think and be with you guys because there is nothing I can do about hurting you; you’re too invested, so just please let me do that, okay?”

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker), Mrs. Lancaster
Related Symbols: Grenade
Page Number: 99
Explanation and Analysis:

After realizing that she looks very similar to Augustus's deceased girlfriend Caroline, and seeing all of the condolence messages left on Caroline's Facebook wall, Hazel has a hard time interacting with her parents at dinner. Her mother accuses her of acting very "teenagery," and in this quote, Hazel tells her mom that she stays away from people because she is a "grenade" who could "blow up" (die) and unintentionally hurt those closest to her. 

After seeing that Caroline looks very similar to her, Hazel resolves to not engage in a relationship with Augustus, and Hazel becomes angry when her mother suggests she's been "going on dates." Hazel consciously stays away from people her own age, and particularly shies away from romantic relationships, so that she does not hurt people who may become attached to a girl with terminal cancer. She doesn't mind remaining close to her parents, because she knows their pain is inevitable. Hazel's metaphor of being a "grenade" is something that will guide many of her personal decisions towards Augustus throughout the novel. 

“You are not a grenade Hazel, not to us. Thinking about you dying makes us sad, Hazel, but you are not a grenade. You are amazing. You can’t know, sweetie, because you’ve never had a baby become a brilliant young reader with a side interest in horrible television shows, but the joy you bring us is so much greater than the sadness we feel about your illness.”

Related Characters: Mr. Lancaster (speaker), Hazel Grace Lancaster
Related Symbols: Grenade
Page Number: 103
Explanation and Analysis:

After Hazel's parents insinuate that she is dating Augustus, Hazel vehemently refutes this, stating that she is a "grenade" who could blow up (die) and hurt the people closest to her at any moment. In this quote, Hazel's father tells her that she is far from a grenade--she is the best part of his and Hazel's mother's life, and they wouldn't trade her for the world. 

Much of Hazel's worry about hurting Augustus stems from the pain she can see she is putting her parents through. Similar to Hazel's reasoning for her vegetarianism--she wants to minimize the number of deaths she is responsible for--Hazel wants to minimize the number of people she hurts when she loses her battle to cancer. In this quote, her father tells her that she causes them much more joy than her cancer causes her (or them) pain. This is Hazel's first step towards understanding that depriving oneself of love in the hopes of mitigating pain is not worth the struggle, and that she deserves to live her life to the fullest, without worry about what will happen after she is gone. 

Chapter 7 Quotes

Mom and Dad left us alone, which felt awkward. I worked hard to meet his eyes, even though they were the kind of pretty that’s hard to look at. “I missed you,” Augustus said.

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker), Augustus Waters (speaker)
Page Number: 110
Explanation and Analysis:

Hazel is hospitalized due to a buildup of fluid in her lungs. While she is being treated, she is told that Augustus is waiting to see her, but she only wants to see her parents while she is so disheveled from her illness. In this quote, as she is being discharged, her parents leave her and Augustus alone to talk. 

Though Hazel is determined to keep Augustus at an arm's distance, her attraction to his eyes and the awkwardness she feels alone with him points to the fact that she likes him as more than just a friend. Augustus, though respectful of the distance that Hazel seeks to place between them, cannot help being totally honest with his feelings towards her, and tells her that he missed her while she was in the hospital. Still, determined that she will not hurt him anymore than she already will if she dies, Hazel insists that they remain just friends. 

Everyone in this tale has a rock-solid hamartia: hers, that she is so sick; yours, that you are so well. Were she better or you sicker, then the stars would not be so terribly crossed, but it is the nature of stars to cross, and never was Shakespeare more wrong than when he had Cassius note, “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars/But in our selves.”

Related Characters: Peter Van Houten (speaker), Hazel Grace Lancaster, Augustus Waters
Page Number: 111
Explanation and Analysis:

Augustus gives Hazel a letter that Van Houten sent, and she reads it when she gets home. In this letter, Van Houten replies to what appears to be a letter that Augustus wrote him, asking for advice on what to do with Hazel, whom he wants to date but who wants to keep him away to protect Augustus from her death. In this quote, Van Houten points out that perhaps Hazel is right to protect Augustus's feelings, since they both have hamartia (fatal flaws) due to their conflicting health prognoses. He then gives the title to the novel with a Shakespeare quote from Julius Caesar, in which Cassius notes that fault is not in fate, but in people. 

Van Houten's flowery prose is a foreshadowing of the pretentiousness with which he will greet Hazel and Augustus in Amsterdam. Hazel is touched that Augustus wrote to her favorite author asking for love advice about her, and changes her mind about wanting to go to Amsterdam after reading it. This passage is particularly heartbreaking in the context of the novel because as it will soon turn out, Augustus is actually sicker than Hazel; they are still star-crossed lovers, but not for the reasons they first appeared to be. Augustus, unlike Hazel, Van Houten, and Cassius, does believe that there is some "fault in their stars," and that he and Hazel deserve to spend time together despite what their prognoses might say. But for the time being, he respects Hazel's wish to remain apart. 

Chapter 8 Quotes

It’s not like I had some utterly poignant, well-lit memory of a healthy father pushing a healthy child and the child saying higher higher higher or some other metaphorically resonant moment. The swing set was just sitting there, abandoned, the two little swings hanging still and sad from a greyed plank of wood, the outline of the seats like a kid’s drawing of a smile.

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker)
Page Number: 122
Explanation and Analysis:

After writing the letter to Van Houten, Hazel feels depressed about her circumstances. She goes into the backyard, where she sees the childhood swing set her father built for her. In this quote, Hazel notes how the sad old swing set serves to remind her of her younger, healthier days, which further depresses her. 

Hazel's family has likely kept the swing set due to the fact that Hazel is no longer very active and they did not need to remove the set to make way for other outdoor activities as she grew into a teenager. No one goes on it anymore, and it reminds her of older, happier days when she was healthy and could play with her parents (although she doesn't have the kind of cliched nostalgic memory that she feels like she should). Though Hazel tries to maintain a stiff upper lip about her terminal illness, there is something about this tangible memory of her healthier days that makes her mortality suddenly feel unbearable. 

Chapter 10 Quotes

I could feel everyone watching us, wondering what was wrong with us, and whether it would kill us, and how heroic my mom must be, and everything else. That was the worst part about having cancer, sometimes: The physical evidence of disease separates you from other people.

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker), Augustus Waters
Page Number: 144
Explanation and Analysis:

Hazel and Augustus are allowed to board the plane to Amsterdam before other passengers because they need "a little extra help." In this quote, Hazel expresses that she feels exposed and vulnerable being watched by the other passengers due to the clear evidence of her illness.

Hazel often feels uncomfortable with her interactions with people who do not have cancer or who are outside of her family because they treat her as if she is a fragile invalid. She hates the feeling that the other passengers are feeling sorry for her and her mother, or that she is particularly brave just because there is physical evidence that she has a disease. More than anything, Hazel wants to live with her illness in peace, and the gawking, stares, and awkwardness from others turn her inward and cause her to isolate herself from most people her own age. It is this sense of isolation that both brings her closer to and pushes her away from Augustus: he understands what she is going through, but she doesn't want to pull him into her circle of sickness. 

You could glance at Augustus and never know he was sick, but I carried my disease with me on the outside, which is part of why I’d become such a homebody in the first place.

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker), Augustus Waters
Page Number: 146
Explanation and Analysis:

Hazel is embarrassed by the looks that she, her mother, and Augustus are cast as they are helped onto the airplane due to her oxygen tank. In this quote, Hazel thinks about the fact that someone could look at Augustus and surmise that he is any normal seventeen-year-old boy, but she is clearly ill. It is for this reason that she has retreated into herself and often stays at home. 

Much of Hazel's dislike for living with cancer stems from the fact that people treat her differently due to her clear illness. If she was like Augustus, and had a cancer that no one could see, she would perhaps be more outgoing and be able to balance being a teenager and being a cancer patient much better. However, she cannot stand the pity in people's eyes and how fragile they seem to think she is. Though weak in body she has a strong spirit, which no one seems to notice--besides Augustus. It is only due to their immediate bond and shared understanding of living with cancer that she first begins to break out of her shell to get to know, and come to love him. 

“I’m in love with you,” he said quietly.
“Augustus,” I said.
“I am,” he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasures of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have and I am in love with you.”

Related Characters: Augustus Waters (speaker), Hazel Grace Lancaster
Page Number: 153
Explanation and Analysis:

After Mrs. Lancaster falls asleep on the flight to Amsterdam, Hazel and Augustus remain awake. Hazel reads and recites some poetry aloud to Augustus. Abruptly, he then tells her that he is in love with her, and that he doesn't care about oblivion or future pain, but only cares about being with her. 

In this quote, Augustus speaks as beautifully to Hazel as if he himself were reciting a poem. Though he is eloquent and confident, and frequently speaks in clever, flowery language, it is clear that he has thought about these words for a very long time. Though Hazel is preoccupied about how her potential death will affect Augustus, in this quote he tells her that he doesn't care about any potential pain, since, according to their shared beliefs, everyone is doomed anyway. Since many of Hazel's friends have fallen away since she left school, she is shocked at Augustus's pursuit of her time and affection. At this point Hazel doesn't know that Augustus has received a diagnosis of cancer even more grim than hers. Like Augustus once told Hazel when they first met, he wants to spend all his time absorbing beautiful things, and what he wants for his last few months alive is to spend them with Hazel. 

Chapter 11 Quotes

It looked like an old painting, but real—everything achingly idyllic in the morning light—and I thought about how wonderfully strange it would be to live in a place where almost everything had been built by the dead.

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker)
Page Number: 156
Explanation and Analysis:

Hazel, Augustus, and Mrs. Lancaster marvel at the old-world beauty of Amsterdam when they arrive. In this quote, Hazel notes that everything feels as if it has come out of a painting, and thinks about how wonderful and strange it would be to live in a city "where almost everything had been built by the dead."

Hazel and Augustus often wax poetic about the nature of dying and the nature of oblivion--Augustus fears being forgotten after death, and Hazel has come to accept it, saying that oblivion is an inevitable part of living and dying. Hazel is entranced by the idea that people who died long ago are still alive in the architecture and beauty that they created in Amsterdam. Here, Hazel realizes that memories of the dead can come in a lot of different ways, even if specific names and events are not remembered. It is this concept that will lead her to profess her own love to Augustus, since she now realizes that in its own way, their shared existence will be remembered. 

Chapter 12 Quotes

Van Houten pursed his lips. “I regret that I cannot indulge your childish whims, but I refuse to pity you in the manner to which you are well accustomed.”
“I don’t want your pity,” I said.
“Like all sick children,” he answered dispassionately, “you say you don’t want pity but your very existence depends on it…sick children inevitably become arrested: You are fated to live out your days as the child you were before you were diagnosed, the child who believes there is life after a novel ends.”

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker), Peter Van Houten (speaker)
Page Number: 192
Explanation and Analysis:

When Hazel and Augustus finally greet Van Houten at his home, they are shocked and disappointed to see what a cruel man he is. He refuses to tell them what happens at the end of An Imperial Affliction, saying that it is ridiculous to think that an author knows what happens to characters after the end of a novel. In return, Hazel refuses to believe that he doesn't know. In this quote, Van Houten nastily replies that Hazel's refusal is due to her stunted growth, which is caused by pity from her parents and others because of her status as a "cancer kid."

While Van Houten says a number of horribly offensive things to both Augustus and Hazel, this quote might be the worst. By refusing to indulge in what he dubs Hazel's "childish whims"--her desire to know what happens at the end of the book--and saying that she is the product of the very pity that keeps cancer kids alive, Van Houten is essentially saying that without pity Hazel would be dead, and by refusing to "indulge" in that pity, he is saying she doesn't deserve to live. He says that she will be an immature child until the day she dies--which he implies will be soon--and yet refuses to grant what he essentially brands to be her dying wish. This shows that Van Houten is not just a cruel man to Augustus and Hazel but also a pessimistic person who all but states he doesn't think it is worth spending the resources to keep children with cancer alive.

Chapter 13 Quotes

“You get to battle cancer,” I said. “That’s your battle. And you’ll keep fighting,” I told him.

“Some war,” he said dismissively. “What am I at war with? My cancer. And what is my cancer? My cancer is me. The tumors are made of me. They’re made of me as surely as my brain and my heart are made of me. It is a civil war, Hazel Grace, with a predetermined winner.”

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker), Augustus Waters (speaker)
Page Number: 216
Explanation and Analysis:

Hazel and Augustus go back to Augustus's hotel room in Amsterdam after meeting Mrs. Lancaster at a cafe. There, Augustus reveals to Hazel that his cancer has returned, and has in fact metastasized throughout his body. In this quote, Hazel attempts to comfort Augustus by telling him he can fight it, but Augustus feels that he's already lost the battle.

Though Hazel is vehemently against the usual cancer platitudes, they are all she can think to repeat when Augustus tells her his cancer has returned. Throughout the whole time they have known each other, Hazel has always believed that she was the sicker one, and that she needed to keep Augustus at an arm's length to ensure that he wouldn't get hurt if she died. Now, it seems that Augustus is the one who is suddenly sicker, and who cannot be consoled with any "encouragements." Hazel now has a taste of what her parents are going through, when they realize that their daughter is fighting a battle they cannot help her fight. 

Chapter 20 Quotes

I took a few breaths and went back to the page. “I can’t talk about our love story, so I will talk about math. I am not a mathematician, but I know this: There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million… There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn't trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker), Augustus Waters
Page Number: 260
Explanation and Analysis:

On Augustus's "Last Good Day" shortly before he dies, he has Isaac and Hazel deliver him eulogies. In Hazel's speech here, she makes a play on "Zeno's paradox" that Van Houten rambled at them about, using it to tell Augustus that the short time they had together might as well have been an infinity. 

As terminal cancer patients, Hazel and Augustus are constantly and acutely aware of how little time left they have on earth, compared to other people their own age. Though Hazel resisted Augustus' advances at first to ensure he avoided her as a "grenade," once they both decide their love is worth getting hurt over if one of them dies, they are able to enjoy their time together and glean comfort from the other person, particularly as Augustus's cancer rapidly progresses. Instead of being preoccupied by the quantitative time they have together, as many people are regarding their time on earth, they instead focus on savoring whatever time they do have, accepting that everything is relative.

Chapter 24 Quotes

“Would you like to share a memory of Augustus with the group?”
“I wish I would just die, Patrick. Do you ever wish you would just die?”
“Yes,” Patrick said, without his usual pause. “Yes, of course. So why don't you?”
I thought about it. My old stock answer was that I wanted to stay alive for my parents, because they would be all gutted and childless in the wake of me, and that was still true kind of, but that wasn't it, exactly. “I don’t know.”

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker), Patrick (speaker), Augustus Waters
Page Number: 294
Explanation and Analysis:

When Hazel attends the support group after Augustus' death, she is asked to share a memory of Augustus, and tells the group leader that she wishes she would die. In response, he asks Hazel why she doesn't. In this quote, Hazel realizes that her previous reasons for staying alive--keeping her parents happy--have changed dramatically.

Before Hazel met Augustus, she mostly kept to herself, read, and hung out with her parents. She didn't really believe there was a purpose to her life, since she was destined to die young. Essentially, she was waiting to die, living only to make her parents happy and to avoid making too many others unhappy in the process. When she met Augustus, however, she saw the beauty of interpersonal relationships and began to appreciate the simple act of living itself. As seen by how stumped she is in response to Patrick's question, she is surprised by how much her outlook on life--and death--has changed. 

Chapter 25 Quotes

I missed the future…I would probably never again see the ocean from thirty thousand feet above, so far up that you can’t make out the waves or any boats, so that the ocean is a great and endless monolith. I could imagine it. I could remember it. But I could never see it again, and it occurred to me that the voracious ambition of humans is never sated by dreams coming true, because there is always the thought that everything might be done better and again.

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker)
Related Symbols: Water
Page Number: 305
Explanation and Analysis:

As Hazel waits for Lidewij to respond about whether or not Augustus sent Van Houten drafts of a sequel before he died, Hazel thinks about all the things she will never do in life, thinking that she already "misses the future." However, she figures that this is only human, since humans always are fated to dream bigger than what they have experienced.

As Hazel begins to think of the permanence of Augustus's death, and all the things that he will not be able to do (like finish a sequel), she begins to think of all the things that she herself will never do, or never do again. However, she realizes that she is grateful for the experiences she has been able to have in her life, like seeing the ocean from an airplane, and realizes that these ambitions and wishes might have the same veracity even if she was healthy and able to do as she pleased. She feels more connected to human nature, a natural part of the cycle of life and death, and less like a "side effect" of mutation. 

You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.
I do, Augustus.
I do.

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker), Augustus Waters (speaker)
Page Number: 313
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Hazel receives the letter Augustus wrote to Van Houten, in which he tells Van Houten that pain in life is unavoidable and that one of the best ways to be remembered is to leave scars in the form of love lost. In this quote, he writes that he likes his choices, and hopes that Hazel likes hers. In response, Hazel replies in her mind, "I do, Augustus. I do." 

Though Hazel spent so much of the novel resisting her attraction to Augustus because she was afraid of hurting him, in this letter, Augustus writes brazenly that he was not afraid, or regretful, of hurting Hazel with his own death. Though he was previously scared of oblivion, his love of Hazel made him realize that the love and pain she would continue to carry with her was his own small but important mark on the world. Through this realization, Hazel also comes to see that she should not feel guilty for being a "grenade," for as her parents tell her over and over again, they value and love her presence much more than they are in pain over her cancer. By reading this letter, Hazel is able to have closure over her relationship with Augustus, which, though "star-crossed," was an important part of the universe, and not just a "shout into the void." 

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Hazel Grace Lancaster Character Timeline in The Fault in Our Stars

The timeline below shows where the character Hazel Grace Lancaster appears in The Fault in Our Stars. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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In the winter of Hazel Grace Lancaster’s seventeenth year, her mother asks her to go to a cancer support group... (full context)
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...life story for the thousandth time, about the way his cancer had taken his testicles. Hazel speaks sarcastically about how Patrick tells the group he is grateful, although he has lost... (full context)
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After going to the support group for a few weeks, Hazel comes to dread going. One Wednesday during a twelve-hour America’s Next Top Model marathon, Hazel... (full context)
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When Hazel arrives at the support group, she notices a new attendee at the group staring at... (full context)
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The group continues with the attendees sharing their battles and victories. Hazel equates this part of group to a circle jerk of support. Eventually, Patrick asks Augustus... (full context)
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...end of the prayer he mentions the names of the group members who have died. Hazel keeps her eyes closed, thinking about the day her name will be added to the... (full context)
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After the mantra, Augustus approaches Hazel and asks what her name is. Isaac arrives and tells them about his trip to... (full context)
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...Isaac leaves to go meet his girlfriend Monica in the parking lot, Augustus turns to Hazel and says that they are “literally in the heart of Jesus”. Hazel jokes that it... (full context)
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In the parking lot outside, Hazel is surprised that her mother is not there yet. She sees Isaac aggressively kissing Monica... (full context)
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Just then, Augustus pulls out a cigarette and places it in his mouth. Hazel is taken aback by the cigarette and angrily accuses Augustus of ruining his chances with... (full context)
Chapter 2
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On the way to Augustus’ house, he drives horrifically because of his prosthetic leg. Hazel explains that she should have been nervous about going home with a boy, but she... (full context)
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Before arriving at Augustus’ house, Hazel tells Augustus they make hand controls for people who don't have legs to drive with.... (full context)
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Hazel goes on to tell Augustus about her diagnosis and treatment. She was diagnosed at thirteen,... (full context)
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They arrive at Augustus’ house. Upon entering, Hazel notices that the house is laden with encouraging sayings embroidered into pillows and hung in... (full context)
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Augustus’ mom and dad are in the kitchen making enchiladas. Augustus introduces Hazel as Hazel Grace, but she quickly corrects him it is just Hazel. She notices that... (full context)
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Augustus’ parents ask Hazel if she will be staying for dinner. Hazel agrees, but tells them she doesn't eat... (full context)
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Before dinner Augustus shows Hazel the basement. A shelf runs the whole circumference of the basement, packed with basketball trophies.... (full context)
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As Hazel listens to Augustus talk, she explains that she is really into him. She asks whether... (full context)
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...grabs a book from his bookshelf titled The Price of Dawn and hands it to Hazel. Augustus tells Hazel it is based on his favorite video game. As he hands her... (full context)
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They watch V for Vendetta, which Hazel doesn't really like because it is a “boy movie”, but agrees is great to make... (full context)
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Hazel drives Augustus car home. As they drive, she wonders what his prosthetic leg looks like.... (full context)
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Hazel’s mother wakes her up at 10am. She tells her mother that sleep fights cancer, and... (full context)
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After class, Hazel’s mother drives her to the mall. Before meeting Kaitlyn, she goes to the bookstore and... (full context)
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At 3:32 Kaitlyn shows up. She greets Hazel enthusiastically in a British accent, saying, “Darling…How are you?” She is wearing big sunglasses, and... (full context)
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Hazel and Kaitlyn then go shoe shopping. Kaitlyn is particularly picky about shoes, and Hazel notes... (full context)
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Hazel calls her mother and tells her to pick her up at six. She notes that... (full context)
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Hazel finds a bench and sits down to read The Price of Dawn. The main character... (full context)
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As Hazel finishes the book, a young girl comes up to her and asks her what is... (full context)
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That night, Hazel gets into bed and begins reading An Imperial Affliction. She explains that the novel is... (full context)
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...Just as Anna is about to start a crazy treatment, the book ends mid sentence. Hazel likes this ending, but wonders what happens to the characters that are left behind. She... (full context)
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As Hazel reads An Imperial Affliction, she wonders what Augustus had thought of it. She texts him,... (full context)
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After school the next day, Hazel’s mother picks her up and they see a movie together. During the movie, Augustus texts... (full context)
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When Hazel gets home she calls Augustus. As they talk, she hears sobbing in the background. Augustus... (full context)
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...it, sacrificing himself to save the children. Augustus is happy to have saved the children. Hazel reminds him that he has only temporarily saved them, but Augustus replies that all salvation... (full context)
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...up with him after he was blind. Isaac says she couldn't handle being with him. Hazel reminds Isaac that she doesn't have to “handle it” the same way that Isaac does.... (full context)
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...pillows. Augustus encourages him to lash out in anger. During Isaac’s freak out, Augustus asks Hazel about An Imperial Affliction. Hazel reveals that Van Houten is living in Amsterdam, and she... (full context)
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A week goes by without a call from Augustus. Hazel goes on with her life, visiting with Kaitlyn and her boyfriend, going to class, taking... (full context)
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While eating, Hazel feels out of breath, which reminds her that she has a PET scan scheduled in... (full context)
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After being excused from dinner, Hazel goes into the back yard to call Augustus. They talk about An Imperial Affliction, and... (full context)
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Hazel tells Augustus to continue reading her the email. The email is sincere and warm, but... (full context)
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Hazel spends the next two hours writing an email to Van Houten. She writes that she... (full context)
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After sending the email, Hazel calls Augustus back and they talk about An Imperial Affliction and The Price of Dawn.... (full context)
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They pause on the phone before hanging up. Augustus says, “okay,” and Hazel echoes his “okay” with her own. They repeat the word once more each, and Augustus... (full context)
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Two weeks later, Van Houten has still not replied to Hazel’s email. On Wednesday during class, Hazel gets a text from Augustus telling her that Isaac... (full context)
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Hazel goes to visit Isaac at the hospital. When she walks in she says hello, but... (full context)
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Hazel goes down stairs to the gift shop and buys some flowers for Isaac. When she... (full context)
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The next morning Hazel wakes up and finds an email from Van Houten. In the email he tells Hazel... (full context)
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Hazel calls Augustus and reads him the letter. He asks if she has used her “wish”... (full context)
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On Saturday, Hazel is with her mother at a farmers’ market when her phone rings and Augustus tells... (full context)
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When Hazel comes back from her room, her parents are talking to Augustus about his recovery from... (full context)
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...because he wants their destination to be a surprise. As he jolts on the breaks, Hazel feels the tightness in her lungs and can’t help but think of the PET scan... (full context)
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...a skeleton. There are kids climbing on it, jumping from bone to bone. Augustus tells Hazel it is called Funky Bones, created by Joep Van Leishout. Hazel notes that the name... (full context)
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They eat their sandwiches, watching the kids play on the sculpture. Hazel begins to suspect that Augustus has something up his sleeve that involves Amsterdam, but she... (full context)
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Hazel is elated, but as Augustus reaches out to touch her face, her body tenses and... (full context)
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When Hazel gets home from the picnic, she explains that the Dutch themed date had led up... (full context)
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Dr. Maria says that the only way Hazel can go is if an adult goes with her. Hazel asks her mother to go,... (full context)
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At home, Hazel goes upstairs to lie down. As she rests, she thinks about the picnic with Augustus,... (full context)
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Her parents call her down for dinner, and at the table Hazel begins feeling pain in her shoulder and head. She tries to focus on the moment,... (full context)
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Hazel’s parents notice that something is not right with her and begin to ask if she... (full context)
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...parents and goes back to Caroline Mathers’ tribute page. The comments on the page make Hazel worry that after she dies she will only be remembered for her heroic fight against... (full context)
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Hazel returns once again to the moment in the park with Augustus. She realizes that she... (full context)
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Hazel sends a text to Augustus apologizing because she can’t kiss him. He texts back “okay”... (full context)
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Later, as Hazel tries to go to sleep her parents come into her room. Her mother grabs Bluie... (full context)
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Hazel screams to awaken her parents. They burst into her room and rush her to the... (full context)
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Hazel wakes up alone in ICU. She hears a wailing cry in the hall, and notes... (full context)
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...asks Mr. and Mrs. Lancaster to leave because they pose an infection risk. She feeds Hazel crushed ice and tells her she was out for a couple of days. Hazel praises... (full context)
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Over the next few days, the doctors keep a close eye on Hazel. One doctor comes in with a group of medical students, who practice taking Hazel’s chest... (full context)
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Before leaving the hospital, Augustus comes into the room to visit Hazel. Her parents leave, and Augustus sits beside her. He tells her that he missed her.... (full context)
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Hazel does not read it until she gets home. Sitting on her bed, she opens it.... (full context)
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A couple of days later Hazel and her parents meet with her cancer team to talk about her cancer. Dr. Maria... (full context)
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During the cancer meeting, Hazel remembers a time just before the Phalanxifor began working. She was in the ICU and... (full context)
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Before the meeting ends, Hazel asks if she can still go to Amsterdam. One of the doctors laughs at the... (full context)
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After dinner that night, Augustus calls. Hazel picks up and says, “bad news.” She tells Augustus she can’t go to Amsterdam. Augustus... (full context)
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The next morning Hazel wakes up and begins writing a letter to Van Houten about how she will not... (full context)
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After writing the letter Hazel goes into her backyard and calls Augustus. While the phone rings she looks at her... (full context)
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Hazel tells Augustus she is crying because she wants to go to Amsterdam to find out... (full context)
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Hazel and Augustus go inside and post an add on a website where people give things... (full context)
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When Hazel wakes up she finds a number of emails from people who want the swing set,... (full context)
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Hazel takes another nap, and when she wakes up she finds a letter from Lidewij saying... (full context)
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The day before leaving for Amsterdam, Hazel goes to support group for the first time since she met Augustus. She finds out... (full context)
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Patrick starts the group. Hazel zones out as they go around until one of the group members, Lida, says Hazel’s... (full context)
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...is where Augustus always goes wrong by insisting on saving the prisoner. Isaac asks if Hazel wants to hook up with Augustus. She says its complicated, to which Isaac replies he... (full context)
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Hazel and her mother are only able to bring one suitcase to Amsterdam, so they pack... (full context)
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Mrs. Lancaster wakes Hazel up five thirty, even though the plane does not leave until noon. She spends all... (full context)
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Before they drive to the airport, Mr. Lancaster begins crying and tells Hazel that he loves her and is proud of her. Hazel wonders what he is proud... (full context)
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When Hazel and her mother arrive at Augustus’ house, they get out of the car and go... (full context)
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At the airport they go through security. Hazel chooses to go through the metal detector, as opposed to getting searched by hand, and... (full context)
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...a particularly punctual person. She tells Augustus that she isn’t very busy, so that helps. Hazel chimes in saying that she is busy, and quickly realizes that most of her mother’s... (full context)
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Augustus leaves to grab a burger. Before he leaves, Hazel notes that she is glad that he does not want scrambled eggs, which are the... (full context)
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...in his hand, saying that the line was super long. As they enter the plane, Hazel can feel everyone looking at them. She feels like they are wondering what is wrong... (full context)
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As the plane takes off, Augustus grabs the armrest and clenches his jaw. Hazel asks if he is scared to fly. Augustus tells her that he will let her... (full context)
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Hazel and Augustus stay awake while Mrs. Lancaster falls asleep. They admire the beauty of the... (full context)
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They decide to watch 300, but the movie on Augustus’ screen starts before Hazel’s. She leans her head on his shoulder and watches the movie on her screen. Hazel... (full context)
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Hazel asks Augustus how many dead people he thinks there are. He happens to know the... (full context)
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Hazel asks if Augustus wants to read. Hazel is reading Allen Ginsburg’s Howl for school, and... (full context)
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As the plane lands, Hazel looks out the window and notes that the Netherlands seems sunk into the ocean with... (full context)
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They take a cab into Amsterdam. Hazel notices the differences of Amsterdam compared to Indianapolis. The row houses lean precariously toward the... (full context)
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They get out at the Hotel Filosoof. Hazel explains that the hotel rooms are named after Filosoofers (philosophers) and that she will be... (full context)
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Hazel decides to take a nap, but tells her mother to go enjoy the Vondelpark (a... (full context)
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Hazel notes that it might seem crazy that her mother would let her go out into... (full context)
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Hazel puts on a sundress and does her hair until she looks like mid-2000’s Natalie Portman.... (full context)
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While they wait for the tram, Hazel asks Augustus if the suit is one that he wears to funerals. He says no,... (full context)
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When Hazel and Augustus arrive at the restaurant, the waitress greets them excitedly, calling them “Mr. and... (full context)
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...the stars tonight. The trees continue dropping “confetti” and the waiter brushes one off of Hazels shoulder, frustrated. Augustus can’t understand how the beautiful falling seeds could perturb anyone. Hazel notes... (full context)
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Hazel thanks Augustus for the trip, but immediately thinks that she doesn't want to be a... (full context)
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After dinner, Hazel notes how everything is perfect, but it doesn't feel right. She knows that the trip... (full context)
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Augustus asks Hazel if she believes in the afterlife. Hazel says that she doesn't. Augustus responds by saying... (full context)
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After leaving the restaurant, Hazel and Augustus take a walk. They talk about An Imperial Affliction, and Hazel is surprised... (full context)
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Hazel asks Augustus about Caroline Mathers. Augustus puts a cigarette in his mouth and tells her... (full context)
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Hazel wakes up early the next morning too excited to meet Van Houten to go back... (full context)
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In the living room, Hazel sees two trash bags behind the couch. Van Houten reveals that it is eighteen years... (full context)
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Hazel asks Van Houten if he remembers the questions she’d asked in her email, which he... (full context)
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Hazel pushes herself to her feet and refuses to believe Van Houten’s explanation. Van Houten tells... (full context)
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Lidewij begins crying and quits her job, but Hazel is not harmed. She reveals that she has spent plenty of time in hospital beds... (full context)
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...Augustus apologizes and tells her that he will write her an epilogue himself. He pulls Hazel into him and lets her cry into his shirt. Hazel feels guilty that she spent... (full context)
When Lidewij catches up to Hazel and Augustus, they notice her mascara is running down her face. She invites them to... (full context)
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...Van Houten is very sick. She says that she thought his meeting with Augustus and Hazel would help him. She tells them that Van Houten is rich because of a family... (full context)
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Inside the Anne Frank House, Hazel struggles to climb the stairs, but perseveres, making it to the attic. As she makes... (full context)
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...out, but finally arrives in the place where Anne Frank spent years hiding. Lidewij tells Hazel that the only member of the family who survived was Anne’s father, Otto. Hazel thinks... (full context)
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Hazel goes with Augustus into a room with a video of Otto Frank playing in it.... (full context)
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...arrive back at the hotel, they go to Augustus’ room together. Before undressing, Augustus warns Hazel about the scar on his leg. She tells him to get over himself, and they... (full context)
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Hazel notes that the experience was not what she’d thought it would be. It wasn't particularly... (full context)
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...abruptly, saying that she is going to give them some time to talk. She tells Hazel she loves her three times and walks away. Hazel senses something is not right. Augustus... (full context)
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On the way to the hotel, Hazel thinks about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, which states that as long as one’s basic needs... (full context)
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When Augustus and Hazel get back to the hotel room, Augustus takes a seat in a chair and puts... (full context)
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Hazel moves over and places her head on Augustus’ lap. He apologizes for not telling her.... (full context)
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Hazel and August lay in bed for a while. He tells her that he stopped the... (full context)
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While laying in bed, Hazel asks Augustus if he is in pain. He says no, but says that he likes... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...When the stewardess comes by they order champagne and have a toast. Eventually, Augustus tells Hazel everything Van Houten said was true. He immediately begins to feel pain in his chest,... (full context)
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...they get off the plane with a sign that says, “My beautiful family (and Gus).” Hazel hugs her father when she sees him, and he starts crying. When they get home,... (full context)
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The next afternoon, Hazel goes to Augustus’ house and tells them about Amsterdam while Augustus naps. Augustus’ parents tell... (full context)
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When the parents go downstairs, Isaac and Hazel sit upstairs with Augustus. Augustus asks how Monica is doing, and Isaac replies that he... (full context)
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...then the car with an egg. Afterward, he hits the trunk three times. Augustus tells Hazel to take a picture of them, which she does. Just as she snaps it, Monica’s... (full context)
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A few days after egging Monica’s car, Hazel and her parents go to dinner at Augustus’ house. Augustus and Hazel reminisce about the... (full context)
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A week after the dinner, Augustus ends up in the emergency room with chest pains. Hazel notes that the hospital is not brightly colored or full of paintings like children’s hospital... (full context)
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Two seeks later, Hazel takes Augustus back to the park where they’d had their Dutch themed picnic. They bring... (full context)
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Hazel explains a typical day with Augustus in the late stages of his cancer. She goes... (full context)
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Augustus tells Hazel he wants to write her a sequel to An Imperial Affliction, but he is too... (full context)
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After lunch, Hazel and Augustus go into the back yard. Augustus says he wishes he had Hazel’s childhood... (full context)
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...boy playing basketball. Augustus asks to go downstairs, and his parents bring him down there. Hazel and Augustus lay in bed together listening to music. Eventually they fall asleep in an... (full context)
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When Hazel and Augustus wake up, they play video games together. Hazel notes that she sucks at... (full context)
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One morning, a month after their trip to Amsterdam, Hazel visits Augustus. Augustus’ parents tell her he is sleeping, so she makes her way into... (full context)
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When Augustus is awake and cleaned up, Hazel goes back into the basement and the play videogames. Augustus is so out of it... (full context)
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Augustus tells Hazel that he used to think his name would be in all of the newspapers when... (full context)
Chapter 18
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One night, Hazel wakes up to her phone ringing. She notices that it is 2:35am and she immediately... (full context)
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As Hazel drives to the gas station she wonders why Augustus had gone there in the first... (full context)
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While she waits for the ambulance, Hazel looks down at Augustus, noticing that a “desperate humiliated creature” had replaced the boy she... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...must sleep upstairs in a hospital bed by the living room window. One day while Hazel is with him, he points to the laundry basket and tells her that he can... (full context)
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The next day Hazel visits. She does not ring the doorbell, but walks right in to find Augustus’ family.... (full context)
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...she enters the living room, she finds the family sitting with Augustus. His sisters hug Hazel. One of his sisters is sitting beside Augustus talking to him as if he were... (full context)
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...with compliments and questions. When one of his sisters tells Augustus how smart he is, Hazel says that he’s not smart; he’s just good looking. They go back and forth, joking... (full context)
Chapter 20
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Hazel states that one of the worst clichés about cancer is that every cancer kid gets... (full context)
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Hazel takes a day off from visiting Augustus because she is not feeling well herself. Augustus... (full context)
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Hazel eventually goes to her room and writes Augustus’ eulogy. She struggles to find the right... (full context)
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At the church, Hazel waits for the elevator. When she reaches the bottom floor, she finds the support group... (full context)
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Then Hazel takes her turn at the lectern. She says that she will not share their love... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Eight days after the pre-funeral Augustus dies. His mom calls Hazel at 3:30 am to tell her Augustus is gone. Her parents come in and hold... (full context)
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Hazel remembers the nurses in the hospital asking her to rate her pain on a scale... (full context)
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...of the people who posted wrote, “I bet you are already playing ball in heaven.” Hazel imagines Augustus’ witty responses to the post, and notes that the posts say more about... (full context)
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Augustus’ parents call Hazel to tell her the funeral will be in five days. She doesn't want to go... (full context)
Chapter 22
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When Hazel arrives at the Literal Heart of Jesus Church for Augustus’ funeral, she sits in back... (full context)
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When Augustus’ parents notice Hazel, they shuffle over and both give her a big hug. She notices they both look... (full context)
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As she approaches the coffin, Hazel pulls the oxygen tube off and hands it to Mr. Lancaster. As she walks to... (full context)
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Hazel kneels beside his coffin and places her hand on Augustus’ chest. She says, “I love... (full context)
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...the room. When the minister says, “in heaven, Augustus will finally be healed and whole,” Hazel lets out a sigh of disgust. Immediately afterward, she hears a voice behind her say,... (full context)
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...friend talks about how Augustus was a great basketball player and teammate, the minister calls Hazel up to speak. He says, “now we will hear a few words from Augustus’ special... (full context)
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When the speakers finish, the congregation says a prayer for Augustus. While they pray, Hazel remembers their conversations in Amsterdam when Augustus had told her that he didn't believe in... (full context)
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They leave the church and head toward the cemetery to bury Augustus. Hazel tries to talk her way out of going; she doesn't want to see Augustus parents... (full context)
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After the burial is over, Van Houten approaches Hazel and asks if he can hitch a ride out of the cemetery. Inside the car... (full context)
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Van Houten tells Hazel that he and Augustus corresponded after their trip. He says that Augustus demanded he come... (full context)
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After the funeral, Hazel goes home with her parents and eats dinner in bed. She sleeps for a while... (full context)
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Mr. Lancaster knocks on the door and comes into the bathroom. He hugs Hazel and tells her that he is sorry Augustus died. He says that it was a... (full context)
Chapter 23
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A couple of days later, Hazel goes to Isaac’s house. They play the voice commanded video game, navigating their characters through... (full context)
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They talk about Augustus for a while after putting the game down. Hazel remembers the first support group they attended together when Augustus shared his fear of oblivion.... (full context)
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When Hazel gets into the car to drive to Augustus’ house, she turns it on and hip-hop... (full context)
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Hazel begins driving. She asks Van Houten if he was married. He tells her, that he... (full context)
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At Augustus’ house, his parents are happy to see Hazel. Hazel is uncomfortable in the house. They sit down to eat, and Hazel wants Augustus’... (full context)
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Hazel goes into the basement and checks Augustus’ computer. She doesn’t find anything on the computer,... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Three days later, on the eleventh day AG (after Gus), Augustus’ father calls Hazel. He leaves a voicemail telling Hazel he found a moleskin notebook in the magazine rack... (full context)
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Hazel tries to think of where he would leave the pages. She thinks maybe they are... (full context)
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When the group starts, Patrick asks Hazel if she would like to share anything about Augustus. She says she wishes she would... (full context)
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When Hazel gets home from the support group she argues with her mother about eating. Mrs. Lancaster... (full context)
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The conversation continues and Hazel tells them that she is worried that her parents will not have a life after... (full context)
Chapter 25
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The next morning, Hazel wakes up in a panic because she had a dream in which she was without... (full context)
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...to Lidewij, asking her if any writing from Augustus had arrived. Lidewij writes back, telling Hazel that she will be going to Van Houten’s house in the morning to look for... (full context)
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As Hazel waits for Lidewij to respond, she thinks about Amsterdam and misses the future she knew... (full context)
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While Hazel is pondering these ideas, Mrs. Lancaster comes into the room and tells her that it’s... (full context)
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The day is beautiful, and Hazel and Mrs. Lancaster meet Mr. Lancaster at the park. They sit beside “the ruins”, a... (full context)
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After lunch they go visit Augustus’ grave. Hazel notes that she still doesn't feel like Augustus is present, but she takes a French... (full context)
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That evening, Lidewij emails Hazel. She tells Hazel that they found a letter from Augustus, and she convinced Van Houten... (full context)
When Hazel opens the attachment, she realizes by Augustus’ handwriting and the changing color of the ink... (full context)
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Augustus then writes that Hazel is different; she does not care about being remembered. What’s important is that she was... (full context)