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The Fault in Our Stars: Chapters 9-11

In this popular novel, teenagers Hazel and Gus form an intense bond when they meet in a cancer support group.

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  1. reverie
    absentminded dreaming while awake
    The world went on, as it does, without my full participation, and I only woke up from the reverie when someone said my name.
  2. stout
    having rugged physical strength
    Blond, healthy, stout Lida, who swam on her high school swim team.
  3. litany
    a prayer led by clergy with responses from the congregation
    After the prayers for the living and the endless litany of the dead (with Michael tacked on to the end)...
  4. enamored
    marked by foolish or unreasoning fondness
    “He’s a bit too enamored with metaphor.”
  5. flummox
    be a mystery or bewildering to
    The stewardess was flummoxed for only a moment.
  6. marrow
    the most essential or vital part of some idea or experience
    Mom had this big plan that we would sleep for the last several hours of the flight, so when we landed at eight A.M., we’d hit the city ready to suck the marrow out of life or whatever.
  7. wield
    handle effectively
    300 featured a sizable collection of shirtless and well-oiled strapping young lads, so it was not particularly difficult on the eyes, but it was mostly a lot of sword wielding to no real effect.
  8. titan
    a person of exceptional importance and reputation
    And so it was with these titans clashing.
  9. gratuitous
    unnecessary and unwarranted
    I found the gore a bit gratuitous, so I looked away for a second, asking Augustus, “How many dead people do you think there are?”
  10. martyr
    one who voluntarily suffers death
    When the Persians attacked, they had to climb up the wall of death, and the Spartans were able to occupy the high ground atop the corpse mountain, and as the bodies piled up, the wall of martyrs only became higher and therefore harder to climb, and everybody swung swords/shot arrows, and the rivers of blood poured down Mount Death, etc.
  11. insidious
    working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way
    Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets, / The muttering retreats / Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels / And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells: / Streets that follow like a tedious argument / Of insidious intent / To lead you to an overwhelming question
  12. void
    an empty area or space
    I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void
  13. oblivion
    the state of being disregarded or forgotten
    and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.
  14. ubiquitous
    being present everywhere at once
    It happened all at once: We exited the highway and there were the row houses of my imagination leaning precariously toward canals, ubiquitous bicycles, and coffeeshops advertising LARGE SMOKING ROOM.
  15. idyllic
    charmingly simple and serene
    It looked like an old painting, but real—everything achingly idyllic in the morning light—and I thought about how wonderfully strange it would be to live
  16. paisley
    a fabric with a colorful swirled pattern of curved shapes
    Past the equipment, there was a dusty old paisley chair with a sagging seat, a desk, and a bookshelf above the bed containing the collected works of Soren Kierkegaard.
  17. devolve
    grow worse
    The food was so good that with each passing course, our conversation devolved further into fragmented celebrations of its deliciousness: “I want this dragon carrot risotto to become a person so I can take it to Las Vegas and marry it.”
  18. gnocchi
    small Italian dumplings made of potato or flour
    After green garlic gnocchi with red mustard leaves, the waiter said, “Dessert next.
  19. narcissist
    someone who is excessively self-centered
    Maybe I was a narcissist or something, but when I realized it there in that moment at Oranjee, it made me like him even more.
  20. guttural
    relating to or articulated in the throat
    The water lapped quietly at the stone canal walls beneath us; a group of friends biked past in a clump, shouting over each other in rapid-fire, guttural Dutch;
  21. anomaly
    a person who is unusual
    I was thinking a lot about how they’d made this place exist even though it should’ve been underwater, and how I was for Dr. Maria a kind of Amsterdam, a half-drowned anomaly, and that made me think about dying.
  22. malevolent
    having or exerting a malignant influence
    I wanted to not be a grenade, to not be a malevolent force in the lives of people I loved.
  23. trope
    language used in a nonliteral sense
    Like, you are familiar with the trope of the stoic and determined cancer victim who heroically fights her cancer with inhuman strength and never complains or stops smiling even at the very end, etcetera?”
  24. stoic
    seeming unaffected by pleasure or pain; impassive
    Like, you are familiar with the trope of the stoic and determined cancer victim who heroically fights her cancer with inhuman strength and never complains or stops smiling even at the very end, etcetera?”
  25. paragon
    a perfect embodiment of a concept
    So here’s this girl missing a fifth of her brain who’s just had a recurrence of the Asshole Tumor, and so she was not, you know, the paragon of stoic cancer-kid heroism.
Created on September 9, 2013 (updated April 17, 2018)

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