The Fault in Our Stars is poised to win the summer. It's got everything going for it: 1) It's based on a best-selling young adult novel 2) written by Internet celebrity author John Green 3) and starring three teen heartthrobs, Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolff. Not to mention, it's written by the kings of YA adaptations, Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter, the duo behind (500) Days of Summer (2009) and The Spectacular Now (2014). They know how to write to your heart.
The story follows Hazel Grace Lancaster (Woodley) a cynical 16-year-old girl with thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs. She'd prefer to call herself grounded and realistic, but really, she's just silently angry at the world for her situation and for dragging her parents (Laura Dern and Sam Trammell) down with her. Everything changes, though, when she literally bumps into Augustus Waters (Elgort), an overly optimistic former jock who lost one of his legs to osteosarcoma. He's in remission now and is set on becoming a legend—though he hasn't figured out how yet. As Waters, a manic pixie dream boy of sorts, shows Lancaster that life isn't so awful, Lancaster shows Waters that he doesn't need to be a martyr to mean something to the world. It's sickly sweet, in the most literal sense.
The traditionally romantic film isn't for people who role their eyes at lines like, "I can't tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity," nor will it change the minds YA haters in general (watch The Perks of Being a Wallflower for that). Not that it needs those people anyway. The Fault in Our Stars has a rabid following that's already taking to Twitter to express their #feels—and they're not holding back.
Ultimately, The Fault in Our Stars is a sweet, familiar film that won't change the young adult genre, but for a generation of lost teenagers starving for hopeful stories about identity, love, and family, it could just change their lives.