A Storyteller’s Choices

TFIOSHere is my favorite two-page spread in John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, a novel my students and I are reading in first-year composition.

It’s my favorite not only because of the awesome Venn diagram on the left, but also because of the line Hazel, the narrator, is at this point able to say, there on the right:

“You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories,…”

Given the novel’s topic, this is also clearly John Green speaking. ¬†And boy, does Chapter 13 (yes, 13) get sad fast.