The Fault in Our Stars

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Hazel’s friend and schoolmate, Kaitlyn is the stereotypical teenage girl. She is obsessed with shopping, boys, and juicy gossip. Kaitlyn’s presence in Hazel’s life shows the way in which Hazel’s cancer has separated her from the world of normal teenagers. Although they are good friends, Kaitlyn’s character highlights the way in which health challenges create a disconnection between those who are healthy and those who are sick.

Kaitlyn Quotes in The Fault in Our Stars

The The Fault in Our Stars quotes below are all either spoken by Kaitlyn or refer to Kaitlyn . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Books edition of The Fault in Our Stars published in 2014.
Chapter 3 Quotes

I liked my mom, but her perpetual nearness sometimes made me feel weirdly nervous. And I liked Kaitlyn, too. I really did. But three years removed from proper full-time schoolic exposure to my peers, I felt a certain unbridgeable distance between us.

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker), Mrs. Lancaster, Kaitlyn
Page Number: 45
Explanation and Analysis:

Hazel goes to the mall with her friend Kaitlyn, who attends the high school Hazel would have gone to if she did not have to leave school for cancer treatment. However, she cuts their time together short, claiming she is tired. In this quote, Hazel admits that while she loves her mother and her friends, their constant hovering sensitivity about her health makes her feel an "unbridgeable distance" between herself and others. 

Unlike Augustus, whose only outward sign of cancer is a limp due to his prosthetic leg, Hazel's health is unmistakably poor: her hair is short due to recent chemo treatments, and she carts an oxygen tank with her everywhere she goes. Everyone she interacts with is constantly reminded of her fragile mortality, and treats her with much more delicacy than she wishes. Though Hazel is weak in body she is strong in nature, and she finds it hard to interact constantly with people who act like she will break at any moment. This is why she spends much of her time alone, reading the one book that she feels truly understands what she is going through. 

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Kaitlyn Character Timeline in The Fault in Our Stars

The timeline below shows where the character Kaitlyn appears in The Fault in Our Stars. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...asks her what she wants to do to celebrate. She decides to call her friend Kaitlyn and go to the mall. (full context)
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After class, Hazel’s mother drives her to the mall. Before meeting Kaitlyn, she goes to the bookstore and purchases the two sequels to the Price of Dawn.... (full context)
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At 3:32 Kaitlyn shows up. She greets Hazel enthusiastically in a British accent, saying, “Darling…How are you?” She... (full context)
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Hazel and Kaitlyn then go shoe shopping. Kaitlyn is particularly picky about shoes, and Hazel notes that she... (full context)
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...at six. She notes that her “perpetual nearness” makes her feel uncomfortable. Her relationship with Kaitlyn also makes her uncomfortable, like there is a distance between them. Hazel states that normal... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...goes by without a call from Augustus. Hazel goes on with her life, visiting with Kaitlyn and her boyfriend, going to class, taking her medication. One night she sits down with... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...a stranger, that he is easily her second best friend. When her mother asks is Kaitlyn is her first best friend, Hazel says that her mother is her first best friend.... (full context)
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...trip. She then realizes that his gesture was not even sexual. She decides to call Kaitlyn for advice. Kaitlyn remembers him and goes on about how gorgeous he is and how... (full context)
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After hanging up with Kaitlyn, she goes online and looks up Caroline Mathers. She realizes that Caroline looks like her.... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...a huge lake, surrounded by water. Her mother comes in with the phone, telling her Kaitlyn was on the other line. Kaitlyn apologizes to Hazel for her bad luck. Kaitlyn asks... (full context)