Hazel goes to support group.
Hazel doesn't want to do anything or go anywhere, because she is terminally ill with lung cancer. She sits in her room all day and reads most of the time. Her mom wants to get her out of the house so she makes Hazel go to a cancer support group at their church.
Hazel meets Augustus.
One of the times Hazel is at support group, her friend Isaac, who has eye cancer, brings a friend with him. The boy will not stop staring at Hazel throughout the whole meeting. After it's over, Hazel confronts him. They talk for a while and Augustus invites Hazel over to his house to watch a movie. She accepts.
Hazel goes to Augustus's house.
Hazel goes to Augustus's house. The watch a movie and he suggests a book for her to read. Hazel tells Augustus that she will read it if he reads her favorite book, An Imperial Affliction. They both agree to read the books.
Augustus reads An Imperial Affliction.
The book ends in the middle of a sentence, and leaves a lot of cliffhangers. Augustus calls Hazel and keeps asking her questions about how the book ends, and what happens after it ends. Hazel tells Augustus that she doesn't know, and no one knows, because the author, Peter Van Houten, never wrote a sequel, or an epilogue, or anything.
Augustus and Hazel e-mail Peter Van Houten.
Hazel has tried to contact Peter Van Houten many times, asking questions about the end of the book. She could never get a hold of him. Augustus found an e-mail that Peter Van Houten's assistant replied to. He tells Hazel the e-mail address and she sends a message telling her story, and how she wants to know how the book ends.
Peter Van Houten replies.
After a while, Hazel gets an e-mail from Peter Van Houten's assistant, Lidewij. She says that Peter would love to tell her the ending, but it cant be over e-mail or phone, or anything that Hazel might be able to record. Lidewij says that the only way that they would be able to tell her would be for her to come to Amsterdam.
Augustus uses his wish.
There is an organization that helps cancer kids dreams come true. They grant each patient one wish. However, Hazel has already used hers on a trip to Disneyland. Augustus says that Hazel can use his wish, since he didn't use it yet. Also, Augustus wants to go and find out the ending too.
They fly to Amsterdam.
Hazel, Augustus, and Hazel's mom all fly to Amsterdam. The wish granting organization pays for all the expenses throughout their entire trip.
Hazel and Augustus eat at a fancy restaurant.
The two get all dressed up to go and eat at a very expensive restaurant. Augustus wears the tuxedo he had picked out to wear at his funeral, back when he thought he was going to die. They drink champagne and have a good time overall.
Hazel and Augustus find out the truth about Peter Van Houten.
After a day in Amsterdam, it is finally time for Hazel and Augustus to meet Peter Van Houten, and they are super excited. When they get to Peter's house, before letting them inside, Peter opens the door to see who it is, then closes it and goes to complain to Lidewij. They hear the whole conversation. It turns out Peter Van Houten had no intention of actually telling them what happened. He didn't think that they would actually come to Amsterdam. Hazel keeps questioning Peter about the ending of the book, but he just makes rude replies, and sometimes even ignores the question completely. Also, Peter drinks a lot of alcohol, even though it is morning. Shocked and disgusted at Peter's rudeness to Hazel and Augustus, Lidewij quits her job as Peter's assistant.
Augustus tells Hazel.
After the whole thing with Peter Van Houten, Augustus tells Hazel some devastating news. His cancer is back. It gets worse and worse every day. The doctors told him he doesn't have very much time left. Hazel is really upset.
They go home.
Hazel, Hazel's mom, and Augustus all fly back home from Amsterdam.
After a few weeks of Augustus getting more and more sick, Augustus dies. Hazel is devastated and she cries and closes herself in her room for a few days. Hazel has to speak at the funeral and it is really hard for her. Peter Van Houten shows up at the funeral and Hazel is offended. Peter says that Augustus had sent him a letter and told him to come to the funeral before he had died. Hazel pushes him away. A few days later, Peter shows up randomly in the back of Hazel's car and she flips out and calls him many hurtful names. after seeing Peter's reaction to some of the things she said, she realizes that he must've had a kid who died of cancer. The main character in the book he wrote had cancer, and Hazel reminded him of her.
Hazel reads Augustus's letter.
Isaac told Hazel that Augustus had said that he was writing something for her a few weeks before he died. Hazel searched everywhere for it and had no luck in finding it. Finally, she realized that it was the letter that Peter Van Houten had from Augustus. Hazel e-mails Lidewij and asks her if she can go and get the letter for her. Lidewij is happy to help and she sends what the pages said to Hazel over e-mail after retrieving the letter from Peter's house. The letter is asking Peter Van Houten to write a eulogy for Hazel. The book ends after Hazel reads the last line of Augustus's letter."