The novel’s narrator and protagonist, Hazel is a 16-year-old girl living with a terminal form of thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs. Because of her cancer she is forced to carry an oxygen… (read full character analysis)
Hazel’s boyfriend, Augustus is a seventeen-year-old who has lost his leg due to a form of bone cancer called, osteosarcoma. August falls for Hazel immediately, and is drawn to her after she comments in support… (read full character analysis)
is Hazel and Augustus’ mutual friend. A rare form of eye cancer blinds Isaac, and his situation leads him to cynicism and anger. After being blinded, his girlfriend, Monica, leaves him, which is… (read full character analysis)
Hazel’s mother, Mrs. Lancaster is dedicated and loving. She exerts most of her energy caring for Hazel and learning everything she can about Hazel’s cancer. Mrs. Lancaster wants her daughter to have a normal… (read full character analysis)
The author of An Imperial Affliction, a novel Hazel becomes obsessed with. Hazel and Augustus believe that Van Houten can give them insight into what will happen to their families after they succumb to… (read full character analysis)
Hazel’s primary cancer doctor, Dr. Maria works with Hazel and her family through her treatment. She is firm when she makes suggestions about Hazel’s treatment, but she wants Hazel to experience her life despite her… (read full character analysis)
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… (read full character analysis)
Augustus’s former girlfriend, Caroline Mathers died from brain cancer. Although Caroline does not appear in the novel, Augustus tells Hazel about Caroline’s decline and eventual passing. The details of her death shows the realities of… (read full character analysis)
Hazel’s father, Mr. Lancaster is constantly concerned about his daughter and often brought to tears over Hazel's condition. He does not research Hazel’s condition in the way Hazel’s mother does. Hazel feels guilty about the amount of time he spends working to pay for the expensive treatments.
is a Dutch woman who works as an assistant for Van Houten. Lidewij initiates the connection between Hazel, Augustus and Van Houten, believing the connection will be good for Van Houten. Lidewij is a kind woman, and grows angry when Van Houten treats Hazel and Augustus with disdain.
Isaac's girlfriend, who leaves him after he is blinded by his eye cancer.