The Fault in Our Stars

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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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
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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
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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
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“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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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“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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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“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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 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.
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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)
Chapter 5
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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)
Chapter 6
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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)
Chapter 7
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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)
Chapter 8
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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)
Chapter 9
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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)
Chapter 10
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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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The following day, Hazel, Mrs. Lancaster, and Augustus go to a café where Hazel and Augustus reenact their incident... (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)
Chapter 15
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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)
Chapter 16
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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)
Chapter 17
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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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...friends 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)