Discuss the role of love and death in the novel. How does love affect the character’s perceptions of death? How does death shape the characters’ love story?
How do Hazel’s relationships with Augustus and her father defy traditional gender roles?
What is the value of metafiction in the novel? Does it matter that some of the novel’s allusions are to real works, while others are not?
What are the various views in the novel about the afterlife? Does the novel suggest one view is correct?
What role do the relationships between the main characters and their parents play in the story? How do these relationships differ from those of more typical teenagers and their parents?