Life is horrible without Augutus Waters

Hazel went over to Isaac’s house and they played blind-guy video games while sitting on the couch. After having contact with Kaitlyn, Hazel hung up and emailed Lidewij and said “I believe Augustus Waters sent a few pages from a notebook to Peter Van Houten shortly before he (Augustus) died. It is very important to me that someone reads these pages. I want to read them, of course, but maybe they weren’t written for me. Regardless, they must be read. They must be. Can you help? (303). That afternoon Lidewij responded and said “I did not know that Augustus had dies. I am very sad to hear this news. He was such a very charismatic young man. I am so sorry, and so sad. I have not spoken to Peter since I resigned that day we met.. It is very late at night here, but I am going over to his house first thing in the morning to find this letter and force him to read it. Mornings were his best time, usually” (303-304). The next email was saying that she had found the letter but Van Houten refused to read it. But an attachment that was from Augustus telling Van Houten to write a eulogy for Hazel before Augustus died. Because he loved her and didn’t want her to die, but didn’t want to tell her that he was going to die.

Let Us God Pray for Mr. Augustus Waters

Augustus had called Hazel Grace at five that night and asked her if she could come at eight to the Support Group. So Hazel told him she could. So he told her to write a eulogy about him and his life. She when she was at the Support Group Center Augustus was in the center circle and Isaac was off to the side. Augustus wanted her to come to her prefuneral.  Hazel spoke about Augustus. And it went something like this: “My name is Hazel. Augustus Waters was the star-crossed love of my life. Ours was an epic love story, and I won’t be able to get more that a sentence into it without disappearing into a puddle of tears. Gus knew. Gus knows. I will not tell you our love story, because—like all real love stories—it will die with us, as it should I’d hoped that he’d be eulogizing me, because there’s no one I’d rather have…” (259-260). “Augustus Waters died eight days after his prefuneral, at Memorial, in the ICU, when the cancer, which also made of him, finally stopped his heart, which was also made of him” (261). Gus’ mom called Hazel and told her that he died. “I called Isaac, who cursed life and the universe and God Himself and who said where the goddamned trophies to break when you need them, and I realized there was no one else to, call which was the saddest thing” (262). Peter Van Houten was at the funeral and whispered to Hazel “We gotta fake pray”, and bowed his head (271).

Isaac with the egg throwing game and Gus at the Gas station

After getting off the plane Hazel’s dad had a sign saying “MY BEAUTIFUL FAMILY, it read, and then underneath that (AND GUS)” (221). A few days after the flight home the Lancaster’s and the Water’s had a dinner together and talked about the trip to Amsterdam. She the next day Augustus, Issac and Hazel talked about Isaac’s ex-girlfriend, and if she texted him of anything, and he said no. So Augustus’, Isaac, and Hazel bought a dozen eggs. Augustus’s great idea was drive and throw eggs at “Monica’s bright green 1990s Pontiac Firebird sat fat-wheeled in the driveway” (227). So Isaac and Augustus left the car and Isaac started to throw eggs at the car. Middle-aged women asked what was happening outside. And Augustus response by saying “Ma’am, your daughter’s car has just been deservedly egged by a blind man. Please close the door and go back inside or we’ll be forced to call the police” (229). So they rushed out of the neighborhood like they committed a crime. Hazel woke up at 2:35 by Augustus saying he’s at the gas station, and something’s wrong and she needs to come now. He was at “The Speedway at Eighty-sixth and Ditch. I did something wrong with the G-tube and I can’t figure it out and—“(243). So Hazel was smart and made a note saying “Went to check on Gus. It’s important. Sorry. Love, H” (243).  When Hazel got there so ran around to the driver’s side and seen Augustus was covered in his own vomit. “The skin of his abdomen was warm and bright red” (244). So Hazel told Augustus that she is going to call the police to get an ambulance. “Gus, I think something’s infected. I can’t fix this…” (244). So the ambulance came and they took Augustus to the hospital.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Pyramid

maslow_hierarchy1  “So there is this thing called Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Basically, this guy Abraham Maslow became famous for this theory that certain needs must be  met before you can even have other kinds of needs. It looks like this:” (211-212).”Once your needs for food and water are fulfilled, you move up to the next set of needs, security, and then the next and the next, but the important thing is that, according to Maslow, until your physiological needs are satisfied, you can’t even worry about security or social needs, let alone “self-actualization,” which is when you start to, like, make art and think about morality and quantum physics and stuff” (212).

Peter Van Houten and the Trip to Anne Frank’s House

Hazel and Augustus got ready for the meeting with Peter Van Houten that morning. After entering the house of Peter Van Houten’s house, Hazel asked about Anne’s mom, the Dutch Tulip Man, Sisyphus the Hamster. Van Houten begins with “The hamster. The hamster gets adopted by Christine-who was one of Anna’s presickness friends” (190). Then Hazel asked about the Dutch Tulip Man. His response was “Nothing happens to the Dutch Tulip Man. He isn’t a con man or not a con man; he’s God. He’s an obvious and unambiguous metaphorical representation of God, and asking what becomes of him is the intellectual equivalent of asking what becomes of the disembodied eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg in Gatsby” (191). Hazel felt that she wasn’t getting what she deserve and been promised of. Van Houten continued by saying “You are a side effect, of an evolutionary process that cares little for individual lives. You are a failed experiment in mutation” (192-193). And Lidewij shouted that she resigns. This meant she had enough. Lidewij invited Hazel and Augustus to go to Anne Frank Huis. They learned about how Otto Frank was the only survivor of the Holocaust. So the next day Augustus and Hazel were talking about the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs pyramid. Then they walked back to Hazel’ room and Augustus told Hazel that “Just before you went into he ICU, I started to feel this ache in my hip” (213). And she began to cry. And now they both have something to fight about with cancer.

Amsterdam here we come!!

Mrs. Lancaster woke up Hazel a little early that morning. “Our flight didn’t leave until noon, but Mom woke me up at five thirty, turning on the light and shouting, “AMSTERDAM!”” (137). Their car was packed by six fifteen. At the breakfast table Hazel asked some of the stupid and silly questions. Like “Why are breakfast food breakfast foods?” (137). Mrs. Lancaster drove to Augustus’s house after they were done eating breakfast. When they approached the door they heard the voice that was definitely a twisted version of his say, “BECAUSE IT IS MY LIFE, MOM. IT BELONGS TO ME” (139). Hazel’s mother told her to walk back to the vehicle because she doesn’t want to eavesdrop. When they got to the airport, Hazel decided to go through the metal detector without her cart, her tank or her plastic nubbins in her nose. On the plane Hazel and Augustus watched movies together while Hazel’s mother went to sleep. After they got off the plane they plied into a taxi and headed to Amsterdam. Hazel asked the taxi driver if they were in Amsterdam and the taxi driver told her “Yes and no. Amsterdam is like the rings of a tree: It gets older as you get closer to the center” (156). Mrs. Lancaster asked the taxi driver if the houses are very old, and the taxi driver responded by saying “Many of the canal houses date from the Golden Age, seventeenth century. Our city has a rich history, even though many tourists are only wanting to see the Red Light District. Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin” (157).

Happy Birthday Hazel Grace

She got up the next morning around 10 o’clock because her mother woke her up and saying that it’s almost ten. “…one of the job requirements of Professional Sick Person is sleeping a lot, so I was king of confused at first when I jolted awake with her hands on my shoulders” (Green38). Her mother asked her if she was having an oblivion moment because see didn’t know what day it was at first and she it was Thursday, March twenty-ninth. She asked if who gave her the book and she said that Augustus gave it to her. So it was Hazel’s birthday and her mother yelled “HAZEL! IT’S YOUR THIRTY-THIRD HALF BIRTHDAY!” (Green40). Her mom was really supper into celebration maximization. And said it’s Arbor Day Christopher Columbus brought smallpox to the natives, occasion with a picnic. She replied and said happy thirty-third half birthday to me too. She wanted to come home from class and set the world record for most number of episodes watched consecutively of the Top Chief. She was in American Literature when her friend Kaitlyn texted her saying “Amesomesauce. Happy Half Birthday. Castleton at 3:32?” (Green41). She replied back saying “Sounds good. I’ll be at the food court” (Green 41). Her mother drove her directly from school to the bookstore attached to the mall.

Hazel Grace at WHOM’S house?

The next few pages were not a easy time for Hazel. Augustus asked Hazel if she had seen V for Vendetta, because she looks like Natalie Portman And she said that she haven’t seen it and she would look it up sometime but Augustus told her that she is not watching it later she is going to his house and right there and now. She stopped walking and said “I hardly know you, Augustus Water. You could be an ax murder” (Green17). “I’m going to a movie with Augustus Waters,” I said. “Please record the next several episodes of the ANTM marathon for me” (Green21). Augustus drove horrible. He failed the driving test three times (I only failed my driving test once, just saying). When they get to Augustus’s house his mom and dad called him Gus, and introduced Hazel Grace to his mother and father. So Augustus wanted to watch the V for Vendetta downstairs but his father said only in the living room. So “the movie was about this heroic guy in a mask who died heroically for Natalie Portman, who’s pretty BA and very hot and does not have anything approaching my puffy steroid face” (Green35). She just agreed with Augustus with telling him it was “pretty great”, although it wasn’t really.

The epic reading of Midnight Dawns and the little girl

She purchased both Midnight Dawns and Requiem for Mayhem, they’re the first two sequels to The Price of Dawn, and then she walked over to the huge food  court and bought a Diet Coke. And it was 3:21 at the time so she was a little early and you can do the math. They went shopping at a shoe store and she bought some flip-flops so that she had something to buy and something new. “Twenty Pages form the end of Midnight Dawns, things started to look pretty bleak for Mayhem when he was shot seventeen times while attempting to rescue a (blond American) hostage for the Enemy” (Green46).After she was about at the end of Midnight Dawns, a little girl named Jackie asked what she had in her nose. And Hazel called it a cannula. And while Jackie’s mother disapproved Jackie asked if she could try it, so Hazel let Jackie try it. And she thought she was breathing better. And Hazel said to Jackie “I wish I could give you my cannula but I kind of really need the help” (Green47).  Jackie thanked Hazel for letting her try it and Hazel went to back and continued to read the story again.