Hazel Lancaster, a 16-year-old teenager with thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs, meets a 17-year-old teenage boy, Augustus Waters, who has osteosarcoma that caused him to lose his leg. They bond immediately and agree to read each other's favorite novel. After reading the novel An Imperial Affliction, a book about cancer written by Peter Van Houten, they arrange to travel to Amsterdam to meet the author. Although their meeting with Van Houten does not go well, the trip is memorable and allows them to bond further. Shortly after that, health issues start to catch up with them.
The emotion in this movie hit me like a freight train. This is a film that knows how to grab your heart and never let go. It is the kind of film that is willing to be honest and intelligent about cancer, but wrap all that in a sweet romance. In the beginning the movie claims that it is not going to be artificial or upbeat, but the film tries to be as upbeat that its sad little story will allow it to be.
It is one of the best movies of the year.
Rating: * * * *