Chapter by Chapter: The Fault In Our Stars – Guest Post by Emma

With the nearing release of The Fault in Our Stars movie, it seemed like an interesting idea to account someone’s first reaction to the best-selling book by John Green. Emma is a close friend and fellow Boilermaker who was up to the task, so her chapter-by-chapter thoughts follow. Naturally, there are some spoilers, so beware if you don’t yet know what happens. 


[May 11th, 2014. 7:33 p.m. Before I start.]

So it’s Sunday evening and I’m bored, so I figure its time. I’ve known about this book since it first came out because my sister is a huge John Green fan, and I have put off reading it until now, less than one month away from the premier of the movie. I have until June 6th to finish it, but everyone says I’ll finish in a day or two. Also everyone says I’ll cry even though I know what happens (thanks Taylor). My plan is to write a little update after every chapter, but no promises because knowing me, I’ll get to into reading and forget. Also if you haven’t already figured this out, spoilers ahead.

[May 11th, 2014. 7:58 p.m. Chapter 1.]

Just finished reading Chapter 1, and I’m already a fan. Hazel and Augustus seem perfect. I now truly understand all the ‘it’s a metaphor’ posts on Tumblr.

[May 11th, 2014. 8:14 p.m. Chapter 2.]

Gus and Hazel go to Gus’s house and watch V for Vendetta. I imagine Gus’s driving is much like my friend Kelsey’s. Also, Gus is quite wonderful, and his parents seem very nice, though maybe a little overbearing with all the encouragement.

[May 11th, 2014. 8:28 p.m. Chapter 3.]

Hazel goes to the mall with her friend Kaitlyn who is 16 but acts like a British socialite. It’s weird to me that I’ve been to the mall where this story is set. I’ve never read a book that’s been set in a place that I’ve been to multiple times and know really well. I want to keep reading but there is food downstairs….so I’ll be back.

[May 11th, 2014. 8:50 p.m. Chapter 4.]

I liked the chapter. It’s all about Isaac and him going through the pain of losing his girlfriend because he’s about to lose his eyesight. I also really liked how Hazel said that he couldn’t handle it but he had to deal with it, while his ex-girlfriend couldn’t handle it but didn’t have to deal with it.

[May 11th, 2014. 9:19 p.m. Chapter 5 and 6.]

I forgot to stop and write between chapters already. I’m too invested. I can tell that I’m going to stay up until 4 in the morning crying over this book. Gus is perfect. Hazel is perfect. This is going to hurt.

[May 11th, 2014. 9:28 p.m. Chapter 7.]

Hazel was in the hospital, but luckily she’s okay. Gus went to visit her, and he gave her a letter from her favorite author that kind of explains where John Green got the title for the book. I almost didn’t stop to write again.

[May 11th, 2014. 9:41 p.m. Chapter 8.]

This book is perfect. God bless John Green.

[May 11th, 2014. 9:50 p.m. Chapter 8.]

I really liked this chapter despite Gus not really being in it. I like Hazel and Isaac becoming friends and playing video games and talking about life.

[May 11th, 2014. 10:29 p.m. Chapter 9, 10, and 11.]

I forgot to write again. Now Hazel, Gus, and Hazel’s mom are in Amsterdam and it’s perfect. All of it is perfect. It’s going to be a privilege to have my heart broken by this book.

[May 11th, 2014. 10:52 p.m. Chapter 12.]

Peter Van Houten is a douche. Also I’m hungry again and I know I’m soon approaching a sad part, so I’m going to take a quick break to get some cereal and change clothes.

[May 11th, 2014. 11:12 p.m. Chapter 13.]

Gus lit up like a Christmas tree. He and Hazel are both grenades and I am wildly unprepared for what is to come. I apologize in advance if I forget to write.

[May 11th, 2014. 11:22 p.m. Chapter 14.]

She never took another picture of him.

[May 11th, 2014. 11:59 p.m. Chapter 23.]

I’ve quit crying long enough to remember that I’m supposed to be writing but all I have to say is this: God damn you John Green.

[May 12th, 2014. 12:14 p.m. Done.]

I’m sobbing. I can barely see what I’m writing. I’ve never cried so much over a book.

[May 12th, 2014. 12:40 p.m. The End.]

Well now that I’ve had time to stop crying and take it all in, I have to say that TFiOS is now already one of my favorite books that I’ve ever read. I also now feel the need to read the rest of John Green’s books. I’m going to sob at the movie. Everyone is really, but I hardly cry at movies so I guess that’s saying something for how wonderful this book is. This is, of course, assuming that they don’t screw up the movie, but I have faith. I’m also sitting here having an existential crisis about my life, which never happens to me. That was just such a beautifully written book. It makes me want to be a writer, while at the same time it makes me realize that I will never write anything so extraordinary. I hope that someone will one day write a eulogy for me that was as perfect as the ones Gus and Hazel wrote for each other. I hope someday I can go to Amsterdam and see the sights they did. I hope cancer is cured someday soon so that stories like these can forever be fictional. In conclusion, I think I’ll leave you with a sentence from the second to last page that sparked my current existential life crisis.

“We’re as likely to hurt the universe as we are to help it, and we’re not likely to do either.”  -Augustus Waters, The Fault in Our Stars


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