How does Hazel try to empathize with Van Houten?
Hazel finds herself able to empathize with Van Houten once he tells her about his daughter. She puts herself in his shoes, imagining what it was like for him when she walked into his apartment dressed the way his daughter used to dress. She quickly realizes that An Imperial Affliction was not just a book for her and other kids with cancer, but a way for Van Houten to give his daughter the teenage life that she never had.
What is Hazel's attitude toward platitudes and "Encouragements" by the novel's end?
Hazel began the novel rolling her eyes at Gus's parents' Encouragements, dismissing them and many other cliched...
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