The reason I started reading this book was different from the reasons for the other books. This book was actually a book that several of my friends have suggested to me. As I was reading, I could see the world from Hazel’s view, where everyone is staring at her wherever she goes, and it make me reflect on my attitudes towards people with disabilities. I think the most emotional part of this book was when Hazel was telling Augustus that she will love him no matter what and that she will not trade the short time they have left for anything left. This part was the favorite part of the story, because it made me realize that love is a beautiful thing that will give the strongest courage to anyone. I think this book is perfect for eighth graders to read. I would rate this book as ten out of ten, because it was one of the best books I have ever read.
STUDY QUESTIONS AND VOCABULARY:
1. What is the diagnosis of Hazel?
1a. Hazel is diagnosed to stage four Thyroid cancer with metastasis forming in her lungs.
2. Why did Augustus lend the book to Hazel?
2a. He lends the book to Hazel because he wanted to give his phone number to Hazel.
3. Why is Hazel a vegetarian?
3a. Hazel is vegetarian, because she wants to minimize the number of deaths.
4. When and where was the support group held?
4a. The support group was held every Wednesday at the basement of the church
5. Why was Augustus at the Support group?
5a. Augustus was at the support group due to his friend Isaac’s request.
redeeming (pg. 6)
acquaintance (pg. 15)
arouse (pg. 19)
keenly (pg. 22)
premunition (pg. 96)
6. Why did Hazel want to go to Amsterdam?
6a. It was because she wanted to ask Peter Van Houten about what was going to happen after the end of the book.
7. Why did Hazel cry?
7a. She cried because she couldn’t fly to Amsterdam to meet Peter Van Houten and hear the ending of the story
8. Where does Isaac live?
8a. He lives in a small ranch house in Meridian Hills next to a fancy private school.
9. Why did Augustus think that they needed to get the swing removed?
9a. He thought that way, because the swing made Hazel feel depressed and gloomy.
10. Why didn’t Hazel’s mom tell Hazel that she was going to Amsterdam?
10a. It was because she wanted to make it a surprise.
vital (pg. 108)
inexorable (pg. 116)
poignant (pg. 122)
perennial (pg. 129)
irreconcilable (pg. 144)
11. On the plane, did they have champagne? If yes, how?
11a. Yes they had Champagne. They told the lady that they will let their mom know about this later since she was sleeping
12. Why did Hazel call 911 for Augustus?
12a. It was because Augustus had something wrong with his G-tube
13. Why didn’t Hazel’s parents let Hazel see Augustus?
13a. Because they felt like Hazel doesn’t spend enough time with them anymore and spends too much time with Augustus
14. Where and when did Augustus die?
14a. He died at the Memorial in ICY eight days after his pre funeral.
15. What did Hazel do in Augustus’s room after he died?
15a. She smelled the blankets so she could smell him.
hunkered (pg. 213)
sinewy (pg. 215)
ludicrous (pg. 218)
nostalgic (pg. 231)
narcotics (pg. 235)