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1. Introduction

This GFS is a book review about “The fault in our stars” by John Green. While I was reading the book, I asked myself many times how the characters deal with their problems. So, I wrote this GFS to answer this question.

First, I start with writing the basics about the author and the story of the book. Then I am writing a short version of the book with the main highlights and continue with the characters. Firstly, I start with the protagonists and their relationships, and secondly with the minor characters. In the end, I am answering the question how the characters deal with their problems from the beginning.


2. The author John Green

2.1 The biography

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John Michael Green was born on the 24 August 1977 in Indianapolis (Indiana)., and is an American author, writer, producer, actor …etc. He is writing Books in the Genre of young Adult fiction and romance.


After his graduation from college, he spent five months working at a Children’s Hospital in Ohio. His experiences of working there with “[…] children suffering from life-threatening illness inspired him […]” to become a writer and to author the fault in our stars.

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His book the fault in our stars (TFIOS) was launched in January 2012 and has a personal importance for him. Besides, he also played a role in the eponymous film, as the father of a little girl who wanted to try on Hazel’s cannula. But this scene can only be seen on the “Extended version” on the DVD.

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3. The Story

3.1 Leading in

It all begins with Hazel Grace Lancaster mother, which sends her to a support group who should cure her depression. There she met the nearly blind Isaac with his friend August (Gus) and soon become friends with them. They meet after the support group and talked about it.

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Everything seems to go well until Augustus puts a cigarette between his lips. Hazel is getting very angry and disgusted by this and started to yell at him. “[…] even though you HAD FREAKING CANCER you give money to a company in exchange for the chance to acquire YET MORE CANCER.” 1After she calms down, Augustus explained her that the cigarette is only a metaphor. “[…] see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you do not give it the power to do its killing.”2 Shortly after Hazel tells him her cancer-story and they watched a movie called V for Vendetta at Augustus house.

On the very same day they both decided to read each other’s favorite book.

3.2 Principle part

A few days after their first date, Augustus send her a text message: “Tell me my copy is missing the last twenty pages or something.”3 They have a short telephone call where Augustus tells her that Isaac was dumped by his Girlfriend Monica and if she could come over. As Hazel arrived they both tried to encourage Isaac. Within a week, Gus wrote an email to, Peter Van Houtens assistant, Lidewij Vligenthart.

He read the email to Hazel while their having a telephone call and she freaks out, because she was so happy. Hazel wrote a long email to Peter and after a few days she got an invitation to visit him in Amsterdam. Augustus and she tried to figure out how she could go to there, but both did not find a way.

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She has “a pageboy haircut with dark brown hair and green eyes”5 and wears converse shoes every time, like the Protagonist in her favorite novel.

Hazel already has her GED, so she is attending lectures in literature. Her favorite hobby is to read poems or her favorite novel “An Imperial Affliction” by Peter Van Houten. Literature plays an important role in her life and relationship with Gus. There are hidden hints, for example, the title of the book is a cited from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.”6 Or when she is wearing the shirt with a quote by René Magritte.

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The Relationship with her Parents is very close. Hazel loves them very much and does not want to hurt them. But sometimes she thinks that her Mum does not understand her situation or her feelings. Her Dad, Mr. Lancaster, is according to Hazel very emotional and over-protective, but he has the same understanding about her ailment like she does. She cares deeply about her parents and does not want that they suffer to much after her death.

Therefor Hazel was delighted when she finds out that her mother has been studying to become a social worker.

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Her Relationship with Augustus is amicable at first, because she tries to suspend her feelings for him by reason that she is “[…] a grenade and at some point [she is] going to blow up […].”7 But as they sold the swing, she “[…]fell in love like you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”8 Hazel falls for his smile and his clear blue eyes. Their love grows when they go to Amsterdam to search Peter van Houten.

After they kissed in the Anne Frank House, they make love for the first and only time.

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The relationship with his parents is not mentioned that often, but it seems that they get along very well. Mr. and Mrs. Waters are kind and hopeful people. When he got sick, they found hope in motivational slogans that hung on the wall.

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Augustus and Isaac had a very close friendship and were friends before the Support Group. Gus had attended the Group to support him before having surgery and going blind. They loved playing video games together.


4.1 Protagonists – Isaac

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Isaac is the other main protagonist and the best friend of Gus. He had an eye cancer called retinoblastoma and one glass eye. Before he had the surgery, that blinded him forever, his girlfriend Monica broke up.

Hazel described him as a cool, skinny guy with long blond hair and thick glasses. In the movie he is not blond but dark-haired.

His relationship with Monica was very close and they were together for fourteen months. She dumped him because she did not want to date a blind a person and did not know how to deal with it. After the breakup, Isaac continues to talk about how much he loved Monica. It was a long way before he was over her. One day he took revenge by throwing eggs at Monica’s car, with Hazel and Gus.

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His brotherly relationship with his ten-year-old brother Graham seems to be normal. Graham is a typical ten years old – mischievous, energetic and wiry. As Hazel played a videogame with Isaac, he came in and shouted “[…] in a really good imitation of Isaac’s voice, ‘KILL MYSELF’.” 10

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Lidewji Vligenthart was Peter’s assistant until one day, he totally overacts and she realize how cold-hearted he was. She was also the one who answered Hazel and Augustus emails to Van Houten and guided them through Amsterdam.

While she was working for him, she wanted him to recover from being alcoholic. Therefore, she invited Hazel and Gus in the hope that Peter changes and starts writing again.


5. Conclusion

Last but no least, how the characters deal with their problems?

Let’s start with Hazel. She wants to hurt as few people as possible by her death and therefore has almost no social contacts. The most important people in her life are her parents, and later, Augustus. That shows that she more cares about others, than about herself.

Augustus is the complete opposite of her. He considers time too precious and therefore has a lot social contacts with others. Gus wants to enjoy the time he has left, living a normal life and do something so that he will never forget.

Isaac needs other people who support and encourage him. He hates being alone and can not deal with his life if a person leaves him. If he has his friends and fami.....

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