The novel "The Fault in Our Stars" consists of 313 pages and is divided into 25 chapters of varying length. The shortest chapter contains only three pages, while the longest consists of 35 pages. The individual chapters have no headings.
The narrative can be divided into three parts. Each of the three parts ends with a turning point. The first is happy, the other two are tragic and connected with sorrow and suffering:
- Part 1: Augustus gives Hazel his wish and organizes a trip to Amsterdam.
- Part 2: Augustus tells Hazel that his cancer has returned.
- Part 3. Augustus dies.
- First part (Chapters 1-9)
- Second part (Chapter 10-13)
- Third part (Chapter 14-25)
First part (Chapters 1-9)
Getting to know the characters (Chapters 1-4)
The novel begins in medias res, jumping right into Hazel's life. From the second paragraph, we already know Hazel is suffering from terminal cancer. The action is set in motion immediately, setting the stage for Hazel to attend the support group. It also becomes clear from the beginning that Hazel treats her situation with a very ironic sarcastic detachment.
The first part of the story introduces the character Hazel and describes how she meets Augustus in the support group. The reader learns a lot about Hazel’s life, but also about her preferences, such as music, literature, sports, or the simple video games that Augustus likes to play. The development of their friendship or love relationship is then described. Hazel learns about the time of Augustus' leg amputation and his time with his seriously ill girlfriend, who dies of a brain tumor. The book An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten is also introduced and we learn immediately how important it is for Hazel. Hazel and Augustus' friendship with Isaac, who will lose his sight after his second eye is removed, and Isaac’s importance as a companion are also already introduced here.
Turning Point and Delay (Chapters 5-9)
The relationship between Hazel and Augustus has grown stronger, and Augustus gives Hazel his wish, which he received from the Genie Foundation, and organizes a trip to Amsterdam (Chapter 5, 86-99%). This marks a turning point in the story. The travel preparations begin.
Hazel’s illness worsens and the trip to Amsterdam becomes uncertain. She realizes in an outburst of fear that she feels she is a time bomb. She therefore keeps Augustus at a distance (Chapter 6, 71%). The tone of the story changes and the mood becomes more serious and sad. Up to this point, except for brief expressions of fear and worry, Hazel always speaks with sarcasm about her illness and the fact that she will soon die. Now she shows her real deep worries and fears. She also openly addresses her thoughts to Augustus in a text message (Chapter 6, 74%)
This is followed by Hazel's hospitalization, during which water is pumped from her lungs (Chapter 7). After much uncertainty, Hazel finally receives permission to fly to Amsterdam. She remains hesitant about a love relationship with Augustus, even though Augustus says she cannot use her hesitation to prevent his feelings, and she admits to herself that she has f...