Two teens meet and fall in love at a cancer support group. Hazel has thyroid cancer which has weakened her lungs, so she travels around with an oxygen-tank. She goes to a cancer support group where she meets Isaac, a guy who is partially blind, and Augustus, Isaac's friend who is in remission from bone cancer, Augustus has had his leg amputated. Augustus develops a crush on Hazel and starts to pursue her. Hazel is hesitant given her medical condition, she knows that any romance will not end well with her.
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However, the two become friends and they share their love of books. Hazel tells Augustus about a favorite book of hers which is also about a girl with cancer, however, the book's ending is quite unclear, and Hazel ponders on the author's intentions. This prompts Augustus to secretly contact the author's (Van Houten) office, to try to get his take on the matter. Van Houten is now living in Amsterdam.
Meanwhile, Hazel, Augustus, and Isaac hang out on occasion, and when Isaac wants to get revenge on his ex-gf, Hazel and Augustus join him in egging the girl's house to much humor, since Isaac has terrible aim.
Hazel suffers a medical crisis and stays at the hospital. Augustus never leaves her side. Hazel's feelings are deepening for him, but she is still holding back.
One day, Augustus surprises Hazel with a trip to Amsterdam to meet Van Houten. But meeting her favorite author becomes a big let-down since he is a bitter drunk. He denies Hazel the answers she seeks. Augustus and Hazel proceed to enjoy their trip instead, visiting Anne Frank's house, and having a romantic dinner wherein Augustus professes his love for Hazel. They have an intimate night together.
Augustus then confesses that his cancer has come back, crushing Hazel. Hazel supports him, as he slowly deteriorates, both mentally and physically. Augustus has a memorial for himself with his friends giving eulogies.
When Augustus dies, Hazel learns that he left her letters. Turns out, Van Houten had them since Augustus wanted his help in writing something. Van Houten talks to Hazel about his book, which was apparently a product of his grief over his cancer-stricken daughter. Hazel reads Augustus' letters and comes to terms with her boyfriend's death.
Best part of story, including ending:
What a tearjerker, and such a heartfelt performance from the leads. It was a simple and genuine love story.
Best scene in story:
Having dinner in Amsterdam, Gus tells her he loves her, and she cannot contain her emotions and she cries.
Opinion about the main character:
I love Hazel's laidback demeanor, her humanity, and vulnerability.