The Fault in Our Stars | Study Guide

John Green

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The Fault in Our Stars | Chapter 17 | Summary



One month after Amsterdam, Hazel goes to the Waters house to find he has wet the bed, as his condition continues to fall apart. He is exhausted and mortified the whole day. He again raises with Hazel his constant existential problem that he doesn't feel as if he accomplished anything meaningful in his life. He morosely comments he wishes his obituary would be noteworthy.

In return Hazel snaps at him. She argues that even so, the fact that he is meaningful to her should mean something.


There is no way to avoid the changes that inevitable death caused by cancer will bring. After Gus wets the bed, Hazel tries to brush it off, but he snaps, retorting that "you used to call me Augustus" rather than Gus, the name his parents used. Even though it is obvious Hazel still loves him, in his weakened state there is less of a romantic feeling between them and more of a caring friendship, plus the inevitable stress of the situation.

Hazel, having been patient with him for so long, finally snaps when he starts morosely commenting about his obituary. Hazel says she doesn't need the whole world to read her obituary, but she would just like Gus to write it. She is asking him why her love can't be enough for him; he doesn't apologize but recognizes her frustrations as valid.

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