So much has been written about this amazing book by John Green. Okay. Okay — we all know Augustus and Hazel get almost all of the attention (deservedly so), but Isaac is also an amazing person. Like Augustus and Hazel Grace, he’s also a teen struggling with cancer. Despite his disease, Isaac provides much humor in this story. We can’t wait to see Nat Wolff (“Admission,” “New Year’s Eve”) play Isaac (see photo below, with Shailene Woodley’s Hazel and Ansel Elgort’s Augustus).
What he’s Like: Isaac is Augustus Waters’ best friend. and he attends the Cancer Support Group with Hazel. He’s skinny with straight blond hair swept over one eye. Isaac has eye cancer and as a result he has one fake eye and has to wear thick glasses. We discover early in the book that he is having surgery on the remaining eye which will leave him blind. Isaac loves to play video games and even plays after losing his sight.
Why him? Despite all the problems he’s facing himself, he’s a good friend to Gus and Hazel. In fact, he’s the reason that Hazel and Gus meet each other after he invites Gus to the support group. Later on, Hazel and Gus were there for him when he loses his sight and when his girlfriend breaks up with him. Isaac had a girlfriend named Monica for fourteen months, but she breaks up with him before the surgery that will blind him. Although this depresses him, his friendship with Gus and Hazel helps him through it. Isaac is also there for Hazel and Gus when they need his support. Bottom line is that Isaac knows how to be a true friend and these three friends have to deal with some of the worst situations that anyone could ever face.
Qualities of a Good Nurse: “1. Doesn’t pun on your disability,” Isaac said. 2. “Gets blood on the first try,” I said. “Seriously, that is huge. I mean is this my freaking arm or a dartboard? “3. No condescending voice.”…”Is my wittle fuffywump sickywicky?” he answered.
Thank you for explaining that my eye cancer isn’t going to make me deaf. I feel so fortunate than an intellectual giant like yourself would deign to operate on me.
Isaac told me there was a new girl in Support Group with a really hot voice and he needed me to go to tell him if she was actually hot.