Description of the main characters
Hazel Grace Lancaster:
The main character and narrator of The Fault in Our Stars. Hazel is 16 years old and has been dealing for three years with thyroid cancer that spread to her lungs. She meets Isaac and Gus at Support Group and becomes romantically involved with Gus until his death.
Augustus “Gus” Waters:
Augustus, 16 years old, meets Hazel at a support group for youths with cancer. Augustus lost part of his leg to osteosarcoma years before and is believed to be cancer-free, though he has a relapse midway through the book that leads to his death late in the book. He falls quickly for Hazel and they begin dating, though she is scared of hurting him through her illness. Gus is a witty character who loves metaphor, symbolism, grand romantic gestures, and he wishes to die with dignity for something larger than himself.
Isaac is another friend of Hazel and Gus’s from Support Group. He lost one eye to cancer before the book began, and loses another early in the book. He and a girl named Monica seem to be passionately in love when the book opens, but she dumps him shortly before he loses his second eye, which leads to great anger and sadness.
Frannie Lancaster, Hazel’s mother:
Frannie Lancaster obviously loves Hazel very much, but Hazel feels that she is limiting her mother because her mother has had to leave work and devote all of her attention to Hazel and her medical treatments.
Michael Lancaster, Hazel’s father:
Michael Lancaster is incredibly emotionally invested in Hazel’s survival, though he must continue working to support the family. Hazel’s father cries often, leading to more guilt on Hazel’s part that she is going to leave her family devastated when she dies.
Peter Van Houten:
Peter Van Houten is a witty, mean older man and an alcoholic, nothing like Hazel had imagined when reading the book so many times.
Lidewij Vliegenthart is Peter Van Houten’s secretary and, apparently, his caretaker. She arranges for Gus and Hazel’s trip to Amsterdam, leaving Van Houten largely in the dark: she hopes that his meeting fans whom his book has truly touched will distract him from his declining health and habits.
Patrick is the leader of the support group that Hazel, Gus, and Isaac attend. He is a survivor of testicular cancer and uses his story and his time to attempt to inspire other young people to continue fighting cancer and communicating about their progress and feelings with one another.
Kaitlyn is the only of Hazel’s school friends with whom she keeps in touch. Kaitlyn is boy-obsessed and shopping-obsessed, so it is hard for Hazel and Kaitlyn to truly relate to one another; but Kaitlyn keeps conversation with Hazel as light and normal as possible.
Dr. Maria is one of Hazel’s many doctors, one that Hazel especially likes for her honesty and care.