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The Fault in Our Stars: Chapters 19-25

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

Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1-4, Chapters 5-8, Chapters 9-11, Chapters 12-18, Chapters 19-25

Here are links to our lists for other books by John Green: Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Turtles All the Way Down
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  1. eulogy
    a formal expression of praise for someone who has died
    Also, if it’s not too much trouble, please prepare a eulogy.
  2. lectern
    desk or stand with a slanted top used to hold a text
    Isaac stood behind a little wooden lectern, clinging to it.
  3. self-aggrandizing
    exhibiting self-importance
    “Anyway, I know it’s a bit self-aggrandizing.”
  4. composure
    steadiness of mind under stress
    After he’d recovered his composure, he added, “I would cut the bit about seeing through girls’ shirts.”
  5. clarion
    loud and clear
    “You’ve reached the voice mail of Augustus Waters,” he said, the clarion voice I’d fallen for.
  6. terrestrial
    of or relating to or characteristic of the planet Earth
    I just wanted to go back to that secret post-terrestrial third space with him that we visited when we talked on the phone.
  7. extol
    praise, glorify, or honor
    In fact, almost all the wall posts, which arrived nearly as fast as I could read them, were written by people I’d never met and whom he’d never spoken about, people who were extolling his various virtues now that he was dead, even though I knew for a fact they hadn’t seen him in months and had made no effort to visit him.
  8. eradication
    the complete destruction of every trace of something
    We live in a universe devoted to the creation, and eradication, of awareness.
  9. sanctuary
    a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept
    When we first got there, I sat in the back of the visitation room, a little room of exposed stone walls off to the side of the sanctuary in the Literal Heart of Jesus church.
  10. rotundity
    the roundness of a 3-dimensional object
    Peter Van Houten wore a white linen suit, tailored to account for his rotundity, a powder-blue dress shirt, and a green tie.
  11. infernal
    characteristic of or resembling Hell
    “I used the infernal Internet of yours to follow the Indianapolis obituary notices.”
  12. precocious
    characterized by exceptionally early development
    I think you’re a pathetic alcoholic who says fancy things to get attention like a really precocious eleven-year-old and I feel super bad for you.
  13. tether
    tie with a rope
    Mom took me off the BiPAP, I tethered myself to a portable tank, and stumbled into my bathroom to brush my teeth.
  14. appraise
    consider in a comprehensive way
    Appraising myself in the mirror as I brushed my teeth, I kept thinking there were two kinds of adults
  15. labyrinthine
    resembling a maze in form or complexity
    So we sat there for a couple hours talking to the screen together, navigating this invisible labyrinthine cave without a single lumen of light.
  16. nihilism
    complete denial of established authority and institutions
    We just sat there quiet for a long time, which was fine, and I was thinking about way back in the very beginning in the Literal Heart of Jesus when Gus told us that he feared oblivion, and I told him that he was fearing something universal and inevitable, and how really, the problem is not suffering itself or oblivion itself but the depraved meaninglessness of these things, the absolutely inhuman nihilism of suffering.
  17. sentient
    endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness
    But what we want is to be noticed by the universe, to have the universe give a shit what happens to us—not the collective idea of sentient life but each of us, as individuals.
  18. lamentation
    a cry of sorrow and grief
    Van Houten was just another of the endless mourners who did not know him, another too-late lamentation on his wall.
  19. envelop
    enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering
    “Oh, Hazel,” she said, and kind of enveloped me, crying.
  20. monolith
    a single great stone, often in the form of a column
    I would probably never again see the ocean from thirty thousand feet above, so far up that you can’t make out the waves or any boats, so that the ocean is a great and endless monolith.
  21. voracious
    excessively greedy and grasping
    But I couldn’t see it again, and it occurred to me that the voracious ambition of humans is never sated by dreams coming true, because there is always the thought that everything might be done better and again.
  22. sate
    fill to contentment
    But I couldn’t see it again, and it occurred to me that the voracious ambition of humans is never sated by dreams coming true, because there is always the thought that everything might be done better and again.
  23. bequeath
    leave or give, especially by will after one's death
    Bequeathing a legacy.
  24. casualty
    someone injured or killed in a military engagement
    another unremembered casualty in the ancient and inglorious war against disease.
  25. incessant
    uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing
    It was brutal: the incessant mechanized haranguing of intensive care.
Created on September 9, 2013 (updated April 17, 2018)

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