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Little Words, Big Ideas

Family

The kids in The Fault in Our Stars aren't wasting away in sterile incubators. No, they have parents who love them and are terrified for them. Their parents hover over them at every turn and stitch...

Isolation

We bet most of the teenagers you know don't have cancer, right? We can thank our lucky stars for that, but for Hazel, Augustus, and Isaac in The Fault in Our Stars, that means a whole lot of isolat...

Love

Ah, l'amore! While reading, we get to witness the sweet charms of young love as Hazel and Augustus flirt their way towards getting to know each other. Their attraction is undoubted, their compatibi...

Religion

Despite the name, Hazel Grace definitely isn't the religious type. But for many people, religion goes hand-in-hand with dying. Augustus's parents take real comfort in their belief in God; Patrick,...

Courage

Maybe the characters in The Fault in Our Stars don't have to face down space aliens or drug cartel leaders, but living through cancer takes a daily dose of major courage. These kids (and families)...

Identity

"Who am I?" This is a critical question for just about anyone, but it's especially important to the narrator of The Fault in Our Stars, Hazel Lancaster. After all, Hazel has the added complication...

Life, Consciousness and Existence

Yowza. We told you The Fault in Our Stars would tackle some pretty heady themes, so here's one for the books. Hazel and Augustus are pretty cerebral kids, and they're constantly going over philosop...

Mortality

We're all going to die, yes. But it's going to happen to Hazel and Augustus much sooner. Death follows these kids wherever they go. Even as they go through the usual teenage activities like playing...

Coming of Age

In true YA lit form, The Fault in Our Stars portrays the main character, Hazel, as she takes her first steps toward adulthood—or something like it. Throughout her relationship with Augustus, we r...
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