The Rad Readalong: “The Fault in Our Stars” Chapter Seven

Posted: April 15, 2015 in Rad Readalong
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With a scream of pain Hazel wakes her parents and they rush her to the hospital. Calm down, do not panic, I mean, we are only a third of the way through the book. I would be surprised if the protagonist died already.
And I am right, it was fluid build-up in Hazel’s lungs that  caused the ragnarokian headache. Once she has been drained and hung up to dry for a bit, she is just fine.

A nurse lets Hazel know that Augie has been hanging around the waiting room, but all Hazel has the strength to ask, is whether he has seen her in her sick state. She seems satisfied that he has not. (Yeah she’s so over him!)
The two do however see each other briefly when Hazel is discharged. There is only time for a minimal amount of sarcasm and the handing over of another message from Van Houten. This time it is in old-school letter form.

The letter is addressed to Augie and it seems he has been complaining to Woody about how Hazel has decided to diminish her impact on Augie’s life. In response Woody tells Augie that he cannot change Hazel’s mind by force and that it would be wrong for him to try. Naturally Woody uses two Shakespeare quotes and a bunch of fancy words to get that message across, but all the same that is basically the message.

Hazel lets her parents know that she is intent on getting to Amsterdam and Woody. Even this whole lung-fluid ordeal cannot hold her back, but first she will have to get the A-OK from Doc Maria.

Will Doc Maria let Hazel go to Amsterdam? Will Woody beat his own high score of three Shakespeare references in one letter? Will Hazel’s fluid issue be a forewarning of a terrible flood in the Netherlands? On Wednesday we will know more!

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