What begins to bother Hazel about Gus's obsession with being renowned by strangers?
Hazel resents the fact that she does not seem to be enough for Gus. His need to be validated by strangers is insulting, because it means that her validation is not good enough or meaningful enough. For her, it is enough that Gus and her parents love and witness her, and she wishes that the same were true in reverse.
Do you see any parallels between Gus's decline and that of his ex-girlfriend, Caroline?
Both Gus and Caroline subvert the expectations of the "cancer kid" genre. They behave selfishly, although Caroline is obviously more cruel and less charming than Gus. Gus stages...
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