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The Fault in Our Stars | Characters

Character Description
Hazel Grace Lancaster Hazel is a teenager with thyroid cancer who wants to live the rest of her life fully, not solely defined by her fight against cancer. Read More
Augustus "Gus" Waters Gus is a teenager with osteosarcoma (a bone cancer) who falls in love with Hazel and subsequently breaks her heart with his death after a recurrence of the cancer. Read More
Isaac Isaac is a teenager with retinoblastoma (eye cancer) who becomes blind during the course of the book. Read More
Mrs. Lancaster Mrs. Lancaster is a constant figure of strength throughout the novel. She consistently supports Hazel and wants her to live her life as unaffected by cancer as possible. Read More
Peter Van Houten Peter Van Houten is the author of Hazel's favorite book, An Imperial Affliction. He's almost God-like to Hazel until he reveals himself to be an unpleasant, angry old man who lost his daughter to cancer. Read More
Anna Anna is the main character of An Imperial Affliction. Van Houten based the character on his own daughter who died from leukemia.
Jackie Jackie unabashedly asks Hazel about the thin tubes inserted in her nose to help administer oxygen. Hazel wishes more people would interact with her like Jackie, as if her illness is a fact of her life, not the defining trait of her personality.
Jackie's mother Jackie's mother hovers nervously around Hazel as she talks about aspects of her cancer. She's the kind of person Hazel likes to avoid.
Kaitlyn Kaitlyn is Hazel's last friend from high school and a reminder to Hazel of the awkwardness Hazel's illness causes in people, but she is also a reminder that Hazel cannot let cancer completely overtake her life.
Mr. Lancaster Mr. Lancaster is Hazel's well-meaning father who tries to comfort her through her pain. He also struggles against the feeling she is causing them nothing but pain. He helps her realize living with the idea that oblivion and death are inevitable is not healthy and she needs to live her life as much as possible.
Lida A cancer survivor from the cancer support group, Lida admires Hazel for her strength.
Lidewij Vliegenthart Lidewij is Peter Van Houten's assistant who helps Hazel and Gus interact with the author. She brings them to the Anne Frank House Museum and later sends Hazel Gus's last words to her. She is a well-meaning adult, who is ultimately unsure of how to help.
Dr. Maria Dr. Maria is Hazel's favorite doctor; she recommends Hazel go to Amsterdam.
Caroline Mathers Gus's ex-girlfriend, Caroline Mathers, died from brain cancer. Hazel never meets her but feels connected to her, both because they are similar in appearance and also because she fears she will die and leave Gus in the same place he was after Caroline's death.
Monica Monica is Isaac's girlfriend who dumps him when she finds out he will be blind because of a recurrence of his cancer.
Patrick The leader of the support group Hazel attends who inspires Isaac, Gus, and Hazel to call the church basement they meet in the "Literal Heart of Jesus" because of Patrick's emphatic, if overused, message that as cancer survivors they exist in the sacred heart of Jesus.
Dr. Simons This is one of Hazel's doctors who does not believe she should go to Amsterdam.
Mark and Cindy Waters Gus's parents are loving and caring but are emotionally distant from Gus and Hazel. They are fans of Christian-inspired "encouragements" or phrases meant to encourage optimism, but they do not understand the emotional connection Gus and Hazel have for each other.
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