full title · The Fault In Our Stars
author · John Green
type of work · Novel
genre · Young Adult
language · English
time and place written · 2002-2012; America and Amsterdam
date of first publication · 2012
publisher · Dutton Books
narrator · Hazel Grace Lancaster
point of view · Hazel narrates the story in the first person, giving the reader access to her thoughts but also limiting the reader’s perspective to what she sees.
tone · The tone is generally direct, as Hazel tells her story in a straightforward manner, but is also often introspective and philosophical as Hazel considers existential questions.
tense · Past tense, with the exception of the last sentence.
setting (time) · The year is never explicitly mentioned, but based on context clues such as physical setting and technology the story takes place presumably anytime between 2008 and 2012.
setting (place) · Indianapolis and Amsterdam
protagonist · Hazel Grace Lancaster
major conflict · Hazel struggles to figure out how to live her life and find meaning in it as first she and then more urgently boy she loves face terminal cancer.
rising action · Hazel meets Augustus Waters and quickly falls in love with him as they bond and travel to Amsterdam, but soon they discover that Augustus’s cancer has returned.
climax · Hazel rushes to the gas station where Augustus, his health badly deteriorated, finds himself stuck and helpless.
falling action · Augustus passes away, and Hazel realizes that as much as the pain of losing Augustus hurts, she still thinks the pain was worth it.
themes · The Necessity of Suffering; Fear of Oblivion; The Insensitivity of the Universe; The Realities of Terminal Cancer; The Importance of Fiction
motifs · Drowning; Metaphors; Existentialism
symbols · Water; Augustus’s cigarettes; Grenade; An Imperial Affliction
foreshadowing · Augustus begins writing to Van Houten; Augustus frequently sacrifices himself in the video games he plays; Augustus argues with his parents before leaving on the trip to Amsterdam.