Secondary Character Saturday: Augustus Waters — TFiOS


WHO: Augustus Water

FROM: The Fault  In Their Stars

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BY: John Green


PROS: Funny, confident, determined to squeeze every ounce of life  out of the time left to him Augustus is the perfect foil to the depressed, lonely, self-conscious Hazel. He’s creative, supportive, kind, and amazingly generous. He’s also just a guy, and Green takes pains not to make him into a saint.

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CONS: Not much to write in this category. Maybe his over indulgence in violent video games…

MOST SHINING MOMENT: Giving up his “Wish” to make Hazel’s come true.


  • “The world is not a wish granting factory.”
  • “I’m on a roller coaster ride that only goes up.”

WHY I CHOSE GUS: I was worried when Gus made his appearance on the “page” of my Kindle. He seemed too good to be true and I wondered if this beautifully written, dark story about an intelligent, sarcastic girl with cancer (Hazel) was about to grind into a Sweet Valley High wannabee  of girl-meets-hunk-teen-romance. Fortunately, Green made Augustus Waters a lot more than just a boy with dreamy good looks. In a book about teens living with and dyeing from various types of cancer one would expect a certain amount of melodrama but again Green manages to side step that. Where he could have poured on the sugary sweetness of young love he opted for tragic realism with a lopsided smile in Gus.

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Fox 2000 is making a film adaptation of the book in which Ansel Elgort is playing the role of Gus.


About ritalovestowrite

Freelance writer, graphic designer, musician, foodie and Jane Austen enthusiast in Northern Baltimore County, Maryland. As a writer I enjoy both fiction and non fiction (food, travel and local interest stories.) As an advocate for the ARTS, one of my biggest passions is helping young people find a voice in all the performing arts. To that end it has been my honor to give one-on-one lessons to elementary, middle and high school students in graphic design and music. And as JANE-O I currently serve as the regional coordinator for JASNA Maryland and am working on a Regency/Federal cooking project. View all posts by ritalovestowrite

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