The Fault in Our Stars | Study Guide

John Green

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The Fault in Our Stars | Chapter 19 | Summary



At the beginning of the chapter, Augustus comments that his last shred of dignity is almost gone. His death is imminent, a fact made clear as during the next few days, Gus's older sisters, their husbands, and children join the household. Despite the influx of new family members, Gus continues to ask for Hazel. His nephews and nieces comment on his impending death while his sisters treat him as if he is a different person now that he is sick. Gus wants neither reaction. In contrast, Hazel continues to joke with him and treat him as she did when he was healthy. Gus's father thanks her for continuing to bring happiness to Gus's life.


Despite the breakdown of his body and spirit, Gus clings to Hazel in part because of the sense of normality she brings to him. The arrival of his family does nothing but cement the fact he is dying. His sister's children comment on his impending death, and they are unsure how to speak to him. Even his parents are preoccupied with his death. Hazel appears to be the only person able to treat him with some semblance of normalcy, which is the only thing Augustus wants at the moment. With her beside him he can take his mind off his dying, a fact that the arrival of his extended family makes all too clear. Augustus's dad is also too aware of Augustus's impending death, as is made clear when he thanks Hazel for being around. Augustus's dad recognizes Hazel is integral to Augustus's happiness, not just as his girlfriend but because of how she interacts with him despite his illness. Hazel's interaction with Gus when compared to Gus's interactions with his family highlights how most people, when confronted with a serious illness, are unsure of how to react.

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