The Fault in Our Stars | Study Guide

John Green

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The Fault in Our Stars | Chapter 21 | Summary



Gus dies eight days later, and his mother calls Hazel to notify her. Hazel drowns in pain and anger. She calls Isaac, but when she hangs up there is no one left to talk to. She turns to the seemingly well-meant but practically insincere messages left online for Gus by people who didn't spend time with him in his final days. In an attempt to cut through the waves of people who didn't truly know him, she posts a message on how Augustus did not die from cancer, but rather after a battle from human consciousness. Her message is lost in the comments that follow hers, and she leaves the site. Instead of trying to find comfort by verbally attacking people she will never meet, she turns to her parents. They hug for hours in an attempt to comfort each other.


Hazel is angry when she sees the messages on Facebook after Gus's death because it is the kind of recognition Gus always wanted but felt he never received during his life: "You get all these friends just when you don't need friends anymore." He is recognized more in death than he was in life. In an attempt to feel better, she tries to post a message to explain the truth about Gus, but it is lost in the void of other messages. Instead she turns to her parents. While they can't help her in any direct way, they are there to offer her support through her pain.

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