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According to the author, he got inspired to write this novel while he was working as a student chaplain at a children's hospital. He said that the children were as human as healthy people. The author said that he did not see the sick or dying people as different from the healthy people. They were as human as others. Having received several positive comments from the sick children in that hospital he decided to write the story though he was initially intimidated by the idea. Green was friends with a girl named Esther Earl. She died at the age of sixteen. She died of thyroid cancer. She also has her influence on the present novel. Green admits that she inspired him to write the book. He says that Esther Earl showed him how a brief life could also be a full life. Ready Reference Treatise: The Fault In Our Stars Copyright Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Plot Overview Chapter Three: Characters Chapter Four: Complete Summary Chapter Five: Critical Analysis