The Fault in Our Stars


Chapters 16—18

Summary Chapters 16—18

One could argue that the novel's author, John Green, also offers his take on what makes a life valuable, and this commentary ties into the theme of the importance of fiction. Augustus wishes he had a “story worth telling” since he believes that would mean his life was valuable. The irony is that we hear him say this because John Green is telling Augustus's story. In doing so Green uses his novel to suggest that even those who are not famous and may not have accomplished something that will be memorialized in newspapers have value. They, too, are special, even if only a few people know it. The fact that Augustus is fictional carries its own implications. Though Augustus isn’t real, Green makes it clear that his story still matters. He's important because he represents all the real people who worry how meaningful their lives are if they haven't done something extraordinary, and fiction is valuable for precisely this reason: It allows us to use made-up characters like Augustus to tell stories that give attention to issues people face in real life, and that might go untold otherwise.