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                            THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

                         


                                  Written by

                      Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber

                         

                         
                             Based on the novel by

                                  John Green
                         

                         
                                                          May 1, 2012

                                                          FIRST DRAFT




          HAZEL GRACE LANCASTER (16) lies in the grass, staring up at
          the stars. We're CLOSE ON her FACE and we hear:

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           You have a choice in this world, I
           believe, about how to tell sad
           stories.

          CUT TO a SERIES OF QUICK IMAGES:
          - Hazel and the BOY we will come to know as AUGUSTUS "GUS"
          WATERS (17) at an outdoor restaurant in some magical place.
          [They look very much like the perfect Hollywood couple.]

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           On the one hand, you can sugar coat
           - the way they do in movies and
           romance novels.

          - "Perfect" Hazel and "Perfect" Gus sit on a BENCH
          overlooking an incredible seascape in some foreign country.
          She rests her head on his shoulder.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           Where villains are vanquished
           and... heroes are born and...
          - "Perfect" Hazel and "Perfect" Gus kiss in a dark room.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           ... beautiful people learn
           beautiful lessons...

          - "Perfect" Hazel and "Perfect" Gus fall onto a bed together.
          They look deep into one another's eyes.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           ... and nothing is too messed up
           that can't be fixed with an apology
           and a Peter Gabriel song.

          BACK TO Hazel on the grass, still watching the stars. Were
          those dreams or were they memories? Still unclear.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           I like that way as much as the next
           girl, believe me. It's just not the
           truth.

          Hazel closes her eyes.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           This is the truth.
          And EVERYTHING GOES BLACK. We HEAR:

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           Sorry.

           FADE IN ON:

           2.

                         

          INT DOCTOR'S OFFICE - DAY
          The real Hazel is no less beautiful than the one we just saw.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           Late in the Winter of my 17th
           year...

          There are, however, some key and obvious differences.
          First, you'll notice the OXYGEN TUBE in her nostrils which
          help her to breathe.

          Second, you'll notice her hair - which we couldn't see in the
          grass. It's much shorter than the "Perfect" version, the
          result of someone whose head was completely shaved a few
          years before.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           ... my mother decided I was
           depressed.

                          HAZEL
           I'm not depressed.

          Hazel's legs dangle over the side of an exam table. Her
          mother FRANNIE (early 40s, younger than she feels) explains
          to the DOCTOR:

                          FRANNIE
           ... she eats like a bird. She
           barely leaves the house,

                          HAZEL
           I'm not depressed.

                          FRANNIE
           ... she reads the same book over
           and over...

                          DOCTOR
           She's depressed.

                          HAZEL
           I'm not depressed!

          Off her look, CUT TO:
          QUICK SEQUENCE, which play over:

                          HAZEL (V.O.)
           The booklets and web sites always
           list depression as a side effect of
           cancer...

          - A SHOPPING MALL. Filled with TEENAGE GIRLS - gossipping,
          laughing - being teenage girls, basically. And here's Hazel.
          With her Mom. And her oxygen tank. Just another day.

           3.

                         

                          HAZEL (V.O.)
           Depression's not a side effect of
           cancer...

          - HAZEL'S LIVING ROOM. She sits watching game shows in the
          middle of the afternoon. Her Mom brings her a sandwich. A
          glass of water. And then a whole host of prescription meds.
          Hazel eyes them with indifference.

                          HAZEL (V.O.)
           ... it's a side effect of dying.

          - A STARBUCKS. Hazel sits alone reading a dog-eared, heavily
          underlined copy of a novel ("An Imperial Affliction" by Peter
          Van Houten). She only looks up when distracted by a squeal of
          delight. A YOUNG GUY has lifted a YOUNG GIRL over his
          shoulder playfully. He spins her around. Hazel watches a beat
          - goes back to the book.

                          HAZEL (V.O.)
           Which is what was happening to me.

          And we CUT BACK TO:

                         

          INT DOCTOR'S OFFICE - SAME

          Frannie continues to talk to the doctor. Hazel continues to
          dangle her feet.

                          FRANNIE
           ... some days she won't even get
           out of bed.
          The Doctor scratches his beard, thinking.

                          DOCTOR
           I may switch you to Zoloft. Or
           Lexapro. And twice a day instead of
           once.

                          HAZEL
           Why stop there?

                          DOCTOR
           Hmm?

                          HAZEL
           Keep `em coming. I can take it. I'm
           like the Keith Richards of cancer
           kids.
          The Doctor looks at Frannie who just shakes her head.

                          DOCTOR
           Have you been going to that Support
           Group I suggested?
          Instead of answering, Hazel looks at her Mom.

           4.

                         

                          FRANNIE
           She's gone a few times.

                          HAZEL
           I'm not sure it's for me.

                          DOCTOR
           If you're depressed --

                          HAZEL

                          (EXASPERATED)
           I'm not de--

                          DOCTOR

                          (IGNORING HER)
           -- support Groups are a great way
           to connect with people who are...

                          HAZEL
           What?

                          DOCTOR

                          (BEAT)
           On the same journey.

                          HAZEL
           "Journey?" Really?

                          FRANNIE
           Hazel.

                          DOCTOR
           Just give it a chance, ok? For me.
          Hazel rolls her eyes, knows she's lost this battle.

                          DOCTOR
           Who knows? You might even find
           it... enlightening.

           SMASH CUT TO:

                         

          INT CHURCH BASEMENT - DAY
          CLOSE UP on PATRICK (30s, pony-tail). He has a guitar.

                          PATRICK
           ... we are gathered here today -
           literally - in the heart of Jesus.
          ANGLE on Hazel who just shakes her head. This is the lamest
          thing she could be doing right now.

                          PATRICK
           Who would like to share their story
           with the group?
          The basement is filled with SICK PEOPLE. Hazel among them.
          Most are under the age of 18. QUICK CUTS:

           5.

                         

                          SPEAKER #1
           Jillian. 15. Lymphoma.

                          SPEAKER #2
           Angel. 17. Ewing sarcoma.

                          PATRICK
           Patrick. 34. Testicular. It started
           a few years ago, when I was...
          As Hazel watches, bored, and Patrick continues, we hear:

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           I'll spare you the gory details of
           Patrick's ball cancer. Basically,
           they found it in his nuts, cut most
           of it out, he almost died, but he
           didn't die, and now here he is -
           divorced, friendless, addicted to
           video games, exploiting his
           cancertastic past in the heart of
           Jesus - "literally" - to show us
           that one day - if we're lucky - we
           could be just like him.
          They all say:

           ALL IN UNISON
           "We're here for you Patrick."
          Hazel says it the least enthusiastically. She locks eyes with
          her only friend in Support Group, a blonde kid with an eye
          patch, ISAAC. He's also shaking his head.

                          PATRICK
           Who else would like to share?

                          (NO RESPONSE)
           Hazel?
          Oh no. Patrick gestures for her to speak. Reluctantly she
          stands, sighs...

                          HAZEL
           I'm, uh, Hazel. 16.

                          (BEAT)
           Thyroid originally but with quite
           the impressive satellite colony in
           my lungs.
          Not much more to say, Hazel is about to sit down.

                          PATRICK
           And how are you doing Hazel?
          Hazel has no idea how to answer that.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           You mean besides the terminal
           cancer?

           6.

                         
          But that's not what she says. She says:

                          HAZEL
           Alright? I guess...?
          Isaac tries not to laugh at this. Hazel sits back down.

           ALL IN UNISON
           "We're here for you Hazel."
          Hazel exhales. This is not at all helpful. A few more beats.

                          PATRICK
           Maybe now I'll play a song...

                         

          EXT CHURCH - LATER
          Frannie sits in the car in the parking lot, reading from a
          book, waiting for Group to be over. She sees the church door
          open and puts the book away. Hazel comes out. Frannie looks
          at her like "well, was it great?" Hazel just exhales and gets
          in the car. CUT TO:

                         

          INT HAZEL'S LIVING ROOM - ANOTHER DAY
          "America's Next Top Model" is on the TV. Hazel sits on one
          side of the L-shaped couch, flipping through her novel.
          Frannie and Hazel's dad MICHAEL (40s, kind, doing his best to
          stay positive) sit on the other side, watching her - but
          trying not to make it seem that way. After a few beats:

                          FRANNIE
           It's Friday night.

                          HAZEL
           Hmm?

                          FRANNIE
           I was just thinking... you should
           call your friends, see what they're
           up to.

                          HAZEL

                          (DISINTERESTED)
           That's ok.
          Frannie and Michael look at one another, don't say anything.

                          MICHAEL
           Wanna see a movie?
          Hazel looks up from the book. Sees her parents. Gets an idea.

                          HAZEL
           Why don't you guys go to a movie?
           (off their look)

                          (MORE)

           7.

                          HAZEL (CONT'D)
           You haven't been out in a while.
           Go. Have fun. Take the night off.
          Frannie and Michael look at one another again.

                          MICHAEL
           This is a really good show.
          Hazel sighs. And just like that, everyone goes back to what
          they were doing. CUT TO:
          QUICK SEQUENCE, which plays over:

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           And that was my life.
          - Hazel watching TV, book in hand.
          - Hazel in another doctor's office.
          - Hazel popping pills.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           Reality shows. Doctor's
           appointments. Eight prescription
           drugs, three times a day.

                         

          INT HAZEL'S KITCHEN - ANOTHER DAY
          Hazel and her parents in the kitchen.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           And worse worse worst of all...
           support group.

                          HAZEL
           Ugh. You can't make me.

                          MICHAEL
           Of course we can, we're your
           parents.
          Hazel frowns.

                          MICHAEL
           Hazel, you need to get out of the
           house. Make friends. Be a teenager.

                          HAZEL
           If you want me to be a teenager,
           don't send me to Support Group. Buy
           me a fake ID so I can go to clubs
           and drink gimlets and take pot.

                          MICHAEL
           You don't take pot.

           8.

                         

                          HAZEL
           See, that's the kind of thing I
           would know with a fake ID.

                          FRANNIE

                          (BEAT)
           Get in the car.
          Hazel mock stabs herself in the stomach with an invisible
          sword. CUT TO:

                         

          EXT CHURCH - ESTABLISHING
          A small Episcopalian sanctuary in suburban Indianapolis.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           And so I went...
          Frannie's car pulls up close to the back entrance.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           Not because I wanted to or because
           I thought it would help. But for
           the same reason I did anything
           these days...
          Hazel, oxygen tank in toe, gets out of the car with Frannie's
          assistance.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           ... to make my parents happy.

                          HAZEL
           Are you gonna sit here and wait the
           whole time?

                          FRANNIE
           Of course not, no. I...
           (she totally is)
           I have errands to run.
          Hazel knows she's not planning to run any errands. She
          doesn't press the issue.

                          HAZEL
           Ok.

                          FRANNIE
           Love you.

                          HAZEL
           Love you too Mom.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           The only thing worse than biting it
           from cancer - is having a kid bite
           it from cancer.
          As Frannie gets back in the car, she shouts to her daughter:

           9.

                         

                          FRANNIE
           Make some friends!
          Hazel just shakes her head. CUT TO:

                         

          INT CHURCH - SAME
          Hazel walks towards the elevator. An EXTREMELY SICK LOOKING
          KID holds it open for her. Hazel thinks better of it.

                          HAZEL
           I'll take the stairs.
          The KID nods. The doors shut. Hazel is reminded - it could
          always be worse. She turns to go, walking right into:

                         

                          GUS HAZEL
          Ooph. Sorry!

                         
          A SUPREMELY BEAUTIFUL BOY (we will come to know him as GUS).
          Tall, lean, muscular, straight short mahogany hair, blue
          eyes. Hazel has never seen a better looking kid in her life.

                          GUS HAZEL
          My bad. No, it's...

                         
          For a brief moment, the Earth stops. They stand looking at
          one another. Hazel is speechless.

                          HAZEL
           Excuse me.
          With the Beautiful Boy watching, a wan smile on his face,
          Hazel shuffles off as fast as she can, ducking into:

                         

          INT BATHROOM - SAME
          Hazel catches her breath. Shakes her head. Surprised at
          herself.
          She looks in the mirror. So doesn't like what she sees. The
          Earth starts moving again. CUT TO:

                         

          INT CHURCH BASEMENT - LATER
          Hazel sits in the Circle of Sick.

                          PATRICK
           Who would like to begin?
          No volunteers. Hazel catches sight of the Beautiful Boy,
          sitting next to Isaac. He seems to be watching her, that same
          flirty smile on his face. She self-consciously looks away.

           10.

                         

                          PATRICK
           Isaac, I know you're facing a
           challenging time. Perhaps you would
           like to say something...
          Isaac nods, rises.

                          ISAAC
           Yeah, um... I'm Isaac. 17. Eye
           cancer.

                          (BEAT)
           It's looking like another surgery
           in a couple weeks. After which,
           well, I'll be blind...
          Hazel tries to focus on what Isaac's saying but it's
          difficult. She still feels the Beautiful Boy's gaze on her.

                          ISAAC
           Not that I'm complaining or
           anything. I know a lot of you have
           it way worse but, still, I mean,
           you know, being blind's gonna
           suck...
          As Isaac shares, the Beautiful Boy doesn't look away from
          Hazel. Hazel finds this intimidating. And intimidation
          irritates her. So she decides to play the game with him,
          meeting his gaze and holding it just as firmly.
          A staring contest.

                          ISAAC
           ...My girlfriend helps. And friends
           like Augustus here...
          Isaac nods towards the Beautiful Boy who now has a name -
          AUGUSTUS. He still doesn't look away from Hazel.

                          ISAAC
           So... yeah. That's what's up.

           ALL IN UNISON
           "We're here for you Isaac."
          The staring contest continues another few beats until:

                          PATRICK
           And does your friend want to speak?
          This causes the Beautiful Boy to momentarily look away. Aha,
          he's lost the contest! Hazel smiles, flicks her eyebrows up
          as if to say "Victory is mine!" He smiles back at her, the
          most radiant smile on the planet. He turns back to the Group.

                          GUS
           Hi. I'm Augustus Waters. 17. Had a
           touch of osteosarcoma bout a year
           and a half ago - lost this baby as
           a result...

           11.

                         
          Gus holds up his right leg - a prosthetic.

                          GUS
           But really I'm just here at Isaac's
           request.

                          PATRICK
           And how are you feeling Augustus?

                          GUS
           Me? Oh I'm grand. I'm on a roller
           coaster that only goes up, my
           friend.
          Hazel smiles. Gus catches this. Embarrassed, she stops
          smiling and looks away.

                          PATRICK
           Perhaps you'd like to share your
           fears with the group, Augustus.

                          GUS
           My fears?
          Gus thinks about this.

                          GUS
           Oblivion.

                          PATRICK
           Oblivion?
          ANGLE ON Hazel, intrigued.

                          GUS
           Yeah, see... I intend to live an
           extraordinary life. To be
           remembered. If I'm scared of
           anything it's... not doing that.
          Patrick doesn't quite have the tools to deal with that.

                          PATRICK
           Would, uh, anyone like to speak to
           that?
          And Hazel's hand goes up. Even Patrick is surprised by that.

                          PATRICK
           Hazel! That's unexpected.
          Hazel stands, takes a second to gather her thoughts. Augustus
          watches her, waits for it.

                          HAZEL
           I just wanna say... there will come
           a time when, you know, all of us
           are dead.
          Gus is now even more fixed on her than before.

           12.

                         

                          HAZEL
           It might be tomorrow. Might be a
           million years from now but... it's
           gonna happen. And when it does,
           enough generations will come and
           go, there'll be no one left to
           remember Cleopatra. Or Mozart. Or
           Muhammad Ali, let alone any of us,
           right?
          The look on Gus's face is unreadable.

                          HAZEL
           Oblivion's inevitable. And if that
           scares you, well, I suggest you
           ignore it. God knows it's what
           everyone else does.
          A beat. And then an enormous smile spreads across Gus's face,
          not a flirty smile but a surprised one, a real one. CUT TO:

                         

          EXT OUTSIDE THE CHURCH - LATER
          Hazel waits for her Mom's car to appear.
          Across the parking lot, she sees Isaac going at it with a
          redhead, MONICA (17), sucking face like there's no tomorrow
          against the door of her green Pontiac Firebird. Between
          kisses, we can hear:

                          ISAAC MONICA
          Always. Always.

                         
          And Hazel hears:

                          GUS
           Literally.
          Hazel turns to find the Beautiful Boy, Augustus, standing
          right next to her.

                          GUS
           I thought we were in a church
           basement but apparently we were
           literally in the heart of Jesus.
          Hazel smiles.

                          HAZEL
           Someone should probably tell him,
           don't you think? Jesus? Seems kinda
           dangerous keeping all these kids
           with cancer in your heart.
          Gus laughs.

                          GUS
           What's your name?

           13.

                         

                          HAZEL
           Hazel.

                          GUS
           No your full name?

                          HAZEL

                          (CONFUSED)
           Hazel Grace Lancaster.
          Gus nods to himself, smiles. Still fixated on her.

                          HAZEL
           What?

                          GUS
           I didn't say anything.

                          HAZEL
           Why are you looking at me like
           that?

                          GUS
           Because you're beautiful.
          Hazel is taken aback. No one's ever said that to her before.

                          GUS
           I enjoy looking at beautiful people
           and I decided a while back not to
           deny myself the simpler pleasures
           of existence. Particularly given
           that, as you so astutely pointed
           out, we're all gonna die pretty
           soon.

                          HAZEL

                          (BEAT)
           I'm not beaut --
          A CUTE YOUNG GIRL walks past them.

                          YOUNG GIRL
           Hey Gus.

                          GUS
           Hey Alisa.
          Hazel isn't surprised that other girls know Gus. Of course
          they do. She turns back towards Isaac and Monica pawing at
          each other. She hears:

                         

                          ISAAC MONICA
          Always. Always.

                         

                          HAZEL
           What's with the "always?"

           14.

                         

                          GUS
           "Always" is their thing. They'll
           "always" love each other and
           whatnot. Must have texted "always"
           to each other at least four million
           times this year.
          They continue to watch the show. It's pretty gross. Isaac
          squeezes Monica's breast like a clown horn.

                          HAZEL
           He's gotta be hurting her boob.

                          GUS
           Let's watch a movie.
          Hazel is again surprised.

                          HAZEL
           Oh. Um. Uh...
           (yes!)
           Sure. Yeah. I'm... pretty free this

                          WEEK--

                          GUS
           No I mean now.

                          HAZEL
           What?

                          GUS
           Hmm?

                          HAZEL
           What do you mean "now?"

                          GUS
           I've got a car.
          He shrugs. Hazel has never seen someone so confident.

                          HAZEL
           You could be an axe murderer.

                          GUS
           There is that possibility.

                          (BEAT)
           Come on Hazel Grace... take a risk.
          As Hazel mulls this over, Gus reaches into his pocket and
          pulls out, of all things, a pack of cigarettes! Hazel is in
          disbelief. He flips the box open, puts a cigarette between
          his lips.

                          HAZEL
           Oh my god. Oh. My. God. You're
           kidding right?
           (off his look)
           You just ruined the whole thing!

           15.

                         

                          GUS
           Whole thing?

                          HAZEL
           What, you think that's cool? Oh you
           idiot! There's always a hamartia,
           isn't there? And yours is - even
           though you had FREAKING CANCER you
           give money to a corporation for the
           chance to acquire EVEN MORE
           CANCER!? Ugh. And you were doing so
           well.
          As she rants, Gus continues to look at her with that smile on
          his face. Hazel does not find it so amusing.

                          HAZEL
           Let me tell you... not being able
           to breathe? Sucks. Totally sucks.

                          GUS
           Hamartia?
          Hazel folds her arms and turns away from him.

                          HAZEL
           A fatal flaw.
          Gus takes a beat and then moves to face her, the smile still
          etched on his face.

                          GUS
           They don't hurt you unless you
           light them.

                          HAZEL
           Sorry?

                          GUS
           I've never lit one.
          Hazel turns back to him.

                          GUS
           It's a metaphor. See? You put the
           thing that kills you between your
           teeth. But you don't give it the
           power to do the killing.
          Hazel is floored. And impressed.

                          HAZEL
           Metaphor.
          Gus holds her gaze. And it's at this point Frannie pulls up.

                          FRANNIE
           Hi sweetheart. Ready for some
           "Model?"

           16.

                         
          Hazel looks at Gus, cigarette dangling from his lips. Cool as
          anything. Handsome as hell. She looks back at her mom.

                          HAZEL
           Can't tonight.
           (off her confused look)
           I've made plans with Augustus
           Waters.
          And with that, she walks off. Frannie looks at the boy with
          the cigarette in his mouth. This could be trouble. Or
          awesome. Or both. And we CUT TO:

                         

          INT GUS'S CAR - LATER
          Hazel is terrified. Turns out, Gus is the world's worst
          driver. When he brakes, her body flies forward against the
          seatbelt. And when he hits the gas, seconds later, her neck
          snaps back in the seat. Gus sees the look on her face.

                          GUS
           I failed the test a couple times.

                          HAZEL
           You don't say.

                          GUS
           Most amputees can drive with no
           problem but... yeah. Not me.

                          HAZEL
           I'm surprised you have a license.

                          GUS
           Tell me about it!
          Another brake forces Hazel against the seat belt.

                          GUS
           The fourth time I took the test...
           it was going about how this is
           going... and when it was over, the
           instructor looks at me and goes,
           "your driving, while unpleasant...
           is not technically unsafe."

                          HAZEL
           Aha. Cancer perk.

                          GUS
           Total cancer perk.
          A few beats of silence.

                          GUS
           So what happened to you?
          Hazel takes a deep breath. She's told this story before but
          somehow this seems different.

           17.

                         

                          HAZEL
           I was 13 when they found it.
          And as she speaks, we see it unfold. SMASH CUT TO:

                         

          INT HOSPITAL BED - FLASHBACK
          13-YEAR OLD HAZEL has a biopsy.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           Stage IV thyroid cancer.

                         

          INT OPERATING ROOM - FLASHBACK
          13-YEAR OLD HAZEL on the operating table. It's a nightmare.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           I had surgery first.

                         

          INT SEVERAL MORE HOSPITAL ROOMS - FLASHBACK
          This poor little girl is taking a beating. And it's just
          getting started.
          - Radiation treatment.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           Then Radiation...
          - Having her head shaved by Frannie.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           Then Chemo...
          - With a PICC line in a chemo chair.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           All of which worked for a while.
          - A RADIOLOGIST looks at an X-ray. He's not pleased.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           And then stopped working.
          - 14-Year Old Hazel lies in bed, struggling to breathe.
          Frannie runs her fingers through her hair. Dad calls 9-1-1.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           And then my lungs started filling
           up with water.
          - In the ICU, her parents standing over her.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           That should have been the end.

           18.

                         

                          FRANNIE
           (through the tears)
           Are you ready, sweetie?
          14-Year Old Hazel nods. Michael can't keep it together any
          longer. He completely breaks down.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           But it wasn't.

                         

          INT ICU - THE NEXT MORNING
          The sun shines in the room. 14-year old Hazel eats ice chips,
          the color has returned to her cheeks.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           The antibiotics kicked in. They
           drained the fluid from my lungs.
           And in time I got better. Stronger.

                         

          INT YET ANOTHER HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY
          Slightly older Hazel is getting more intravenous medication.
          It's never ending.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           I even found myself in an
           experimental trial. You know the
           ones that are famous in the
           Republic of Cancervania for not
           working.
          - A SECOND RADIOLOGIST examines a second X-ray.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           It's called Phalanxifor. Didn't
           work in over 70 percent of patients
           but, for some reason...
          The Radiologist looks surprised.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           ...it worked in me. They called it
           "The Miracle."
          And finally, BACK TO:

                         

          INT GUS'S CAR - SAME
          Gus has one eye on the road, the other on Hazel. He was
          impressed with her before. He's totally dazzled now.

                          HAZEL
           Tumors shrank, my mets have hardly
           grown since...

                          (MORE)

           19.

                          HAZEL (CONT'D)
           Of course my lungs still suck but,
           theoretically, they could continue
           to suck in just this way for, I
           dunno, a while maybe.

                          GUS
           Wow.

                          HAZEL
           Yeah.

                          GUS
           So are you back in school or...?

                          HAZEL
           Can't.

                          GUS
           Why not?

                          HAZEL
           Got my GED.

                          GUS
           A college girl! Well that explains
           the aura of sophistication...
          He smiles at her. She smiles back. Shoves his upper arm
          playfully. They're easing into each other.
          Eventually Gus's car pulls into his driveway.

                          GUS
           We're here.
          He's as good at parking as he is at driving. CUT TO:

                         

          EXT/INT GUS'S HOUSE - SAME
          Hazel follows Gus inside. She quickly notices all sorts of
          engraved plaques and framed signs with phrases like "Home is
          Where the Heart Is" and "True Love is Born from Hard Times."
          Hazel looks at Gus quizzically.

                          GUS
           My parents call them
           "encouragements."
           (rolling his eyes)
           Don't ask.
          Gus's MOM and DAD (40s) are in the kitchen making dinner.

                          GUS
           Hey guys.

                          GUS'S MOM
           Augustus, hi. New friend?

           20.

                         
          Gus's parents don't seem surprised to see Gus with some
          random girl in their house. Hazel takes note of that.

                          GUS
           This is Hazel Grace.

                          HAZEL
           It's just... Hazel.

                          GUS'S DAD
           How's it going, Just Hazel?

                          GUS

                          (ABRUPTLY)
           Downstairs if you need us!
          Gus drags Hazel to the next room. As she's pulled:

                          HAZEL
           Nice to meet you!
          They walk down the carpeted stairs - Gus having an easier
          time with his one leg than Hazel is with her oxygen tank and
          weak lungs.
          Eventually they arrive at Gus's basement bedroom. There's a
          TV with a video game console, a few band posters, and a whole
          host of basketball memorabilia (autographed sneakers, school
          trophies, framed images etc.) Gus sees her looking at them.

                          GUS
           I used to play.

                          HAZEL
           Must have been pretty good.

                          GUS
           These are mine. And these. The rest
           of it's just cancer perks.
          Gus grabs a DVD from his stack of DVDs. Hazel sits down on
          the bed, her breathing noticeably heavier.

                          HAZEL
           Need to sit.
          Gus sits down next to her on the bed.

                          HAZEL
           Don't get any ideas.
           (catching her breath)
           All that standing... and stairs...
           and then more standing... lotta
           standing for me.

                          GUS
           I understand.

           21.

                         

                          HAZEL
           I'll be fine in a minute. Unless I
           faint. I'm a bit of a Victorian
           lady, fainting-wise.
          Gus smiles. He waits for her breathing to slow down. In time:

                          GUS
           You ok?
          Hazel nods, smiles.

                          GUS
           So what's your story?

                          HAZEL
           I already told you my story. I was

                          DIAGNOSED --

                          GUS
           Not your cancer story. Your story.
           Interests, hobbies, passions, weird
           fetishes...

                          HAZEL
           Um...

                          GUS
           Don't tell me you're one of those
           people who becomes their disease.

                          HAZEL
           No. I'm just... I don't know... un-
           extraordinary.

                          GUS
           I reject that out of hand.
           (beat, Hazel shrugs)
           Think of something you love. First
           thing that comes to mind.

                          HAZEL
           "An Imperial Affliction."

                          GUS
           Ok. What's that?

                          HAZEL
           It's a novel. My favorite novel.

                          GUS
           Does it have zombies?

                          HAZEL

                          (LAUGHING)
           What? No.

                          GUS
           Stormtroopers.

           22.

                         

                          HAZEL
           Seriously?

                          (HE SHRUGS)
           It's not that kind of book.

                          GUS
           Sounds horrible.

                          HAZEL
           It's not, it's... kind of my bible
           actually.

                          GUS
           Interesting. What's it about?

                          HAZEL
           Cancer.
           (off his look)
           But not in that way, trust me. The
           guy who wrote it, Peter Van Houten,
           he's... well, the only person I've
           ever come across who seems to a)
           understand what it's like to be
           dying and b) not have died.

                          GUS

                          (INTRIGUED)
           In that case... I am going to read
           this horrible book with the boring
           title that does not contain zombies
           or stormtroopers. And in
           exchange...
          Gus pulls a book from his bookshelf.

                          GUS
           ... all I ask is that you read this
           brilliant and haunting novelization
           of my favorite video game.
          Hazel looks at the slim, ridiculous novella. She laughs.
          She's adorable when she laughs. She takes the book from him
          and as she does, their hands get tangled together for a
          brief, charged moment.

                          GUS
           Your hands are cold.

                          HAZEL
           Not so much cold as under-
           oxygenated.

                          GUS
           Ooh Hazel Grace...

                          (BEAT)
           I love it when you talk medical to
           me.
          Hazel blushes. And off her completely smitten smile, CUT TO:

           23.

                         

          INT HAZEL'S BEDROOM - ANOTHER NIGHT
          Hazel sits in bed reading Gus's novella. Frannie stands in
          the doorway, notices the new book.

                          FRANNIE
           That's different.
          Hazel shrugs. Frannie looks intrigued.

                          FRANNIE
           Did he give it to you?

                          HAZEL
           By "it" do you mean herpes?
          Frannie rolls her eyes. Hazel's phone buzzes. She excitedly
          checks it - only to be disappointed. Frannie notices.

                          FRANNIE
           I'm sure he'll call, don't worry.

                          HAZEL
           I'm not worried. Please. It's not
           like I'm waiting for him to call or
           anything. I just... we hung out. No
           big deal.
          Frannie says nothing to that. Her silence says it all. Hazel
          rolls her eyes. CUT TO:

          QUICK SERIES OF SCENES:
          Hazel continues "not to wait" for Gus's call. We see her:
          - Brushing her teeth. And checking her phone.
          - Watching TV. And checking her phone.
          - Eating breakfast. And checking her phone.
          - Looking out the window on a rainy day. Trying not to check
          her phone. Willing herself to not check the goddamn phone.
          And checking the phone.
          Where is he?! Did he forget about her?

                         

          INT HAZEL'S DINING ROOM - NIGHT
          Hazel at the dinner table with her parents. She's a little
          sullen, barely touching her food.
          Hazel's phone buzzes. She tries not to seem too eager to
          check it, what with her parents watching and all. She subtly
          looks down at her lap. And sure enough: a text from Gus! Her
          eyes bug out. We see:

           24.

                         
          "Tell me my copy is missing the last ten pages or something."
          Hazel smiles. Goes back to eating. Frannie and Michael share
          a quick glance. A second later, there's a follow-up text.
          "Tell me I have NOT reached the end of this book!"
          Hazel smiles again.
          And then a third text:

          "A BOOK CAN"T END IN THE MIDDLE OF A SENTENCE?! WHAT IN GOD'S

          NAME IS THIS MADNESS! AAAAHHHH!"
          Hazel now laughs out loud. Michael clears his throat. Hazel
          looks up.

                          MICHAEL
           Would you like to be excused?

                         

          EXT HAZEL'S HOUSE - BACKYARD - MOMENTS LATER
          Hazel sits down on a patio chair and dials the phone. Gus
          answers on the first ring.

           GUS (O.S.)
           Hazel Grace.

                          HAZEL
           Welcome to the sweet torture of
           reading "An Imperial --"
          At which point she hears a loud WAIL coming from the other
          end of the phone.

                          HAZEL
           What the -- are you ok?

           GUS (O.S.)
           Me? Yeah. I'm excellent.
          INTERCUT between Hazel on the patio and:

                         

          INT GUS'S BASEMENT BEDROOM - SAME
          Isaac's head is buried in Gus's couch. He's wailing like a
          banshee, having some kind of nervous breakdown.

                          GUS

                          (INTO PHONE)
           I am, however, with Isaac.
          Hazel hears more wailing. Has no idea what to make of it.

           25.

                         

           GUS (O.S.)

                          (TO ISAAC)
           Dude! Hey! Does Support Group Hazel
           make this better or worse?
          Hazel genuinely has no idea what the hell is going on.

                          GUS
           Isaac! Focus. On. Me.
          Hazel waits a few beats for Gus to come back on. Finally:

           GUS (O.S.)

                          (TO HAZEL)
           How fast can you get here?
          Hazel thinks about this. And on her face, CUT TO:

                         

          INT GUS'S BASEMENT - LATER
          Hazel descends the steps. She hears an ungodly moan before
          she sees anyone. What has she gotten herself into? Gus
          appears at the base.

                          GUS
           (calling to Isaac)
           Isaac, Hazel from Support Group is
           coming downstairs.
          Gus waits for a response. None comes. He gestures for her to
          follow him into the room. Before he does:

                          GUS
           A gentle reminder: Isaac is in the
           midst of a psychotic episode.

                          (HAZEL NODS)
           You look nice, by the way.
          Hazel blushes, follows Gus into the room to find Isaac
          sitting upside down in a gaming chair. Tears are flowing down
          his reddened cheeks. Empty soda cans and bags of junk food
          lie around him.

                          HAZEL
           How ya doing Isaac?
          Again, no response. Hazel looks to Gus for an explanation.

                          GUS
           Seems Isaac and Monica are no
           longer a going concern.

                          HAZEL
           Oh I'm sorry.

                          (BEAT)
           Do you want to talk about it?
          Isaac starts to sob again.

           26.

                         

                          GUS
           He just wants to cry and play video
           games.

                          HAZEL
           Fair enough.

                          GUS
           It doesn't hurt to talk to him,
           however. If you have any sage words
           of feminine advice...

                          HAZEL
           I actually think his response is
           appropriate.

                          GUS
           "Pain demands to be felt."

                          HAZEL
           (lights up at that)
           You're quoting my book!
          Gus winks at her. At which point, Isaac lets out another
          howl. Gus gestures for Hazel to sit. The two of them flank
          Isaac. He finally speaks.

                          ISAAC
           She didn't want to do it after the
           surgery. Said she couldn't handle
           it. I'm about to lose my eyesight
           and she can't handle it.
          Hazel rubs his shoulder in sympathy.

                          ISAAC
           I kept saying "always" to her.
           Always, always, always. And she
           just kept talking over me and not
           saying it back. It was like I was
           already gone, you know? "Always"
           was a promise! You can't break
           promises.

                          HAZEL
           Sometimes people don't understand
           the promises they're making when
           they make them.

                          ISAAC
           Right, sure, but you keep the
           promise anyway. That's what love
           is. Love is keeping the promise
           anyway.

                          GUS
           That could be an "encouragement."
          It's silent for a beat. And then Isaac stands up, a funny
          look on his face.

           27.

                         

                          GUS
           Isaac...?
          Suddenly Isaac starts kicking his chair across the room.

                          GUS
           Here we go...
          The chair lands against the bed. Gus hands Isaac something
          else to throw, a pillow. Isaac grabs the pillow and slams it
          against the wall. He dives on it and beings pummeling the
          pillow like a maniac.

                          GUS
           That's it! Punch that thing.
          And so he does. As he continues to, Gus looks at Hazel,
          cigarette dangling from his mouth.

                          GUS
           I've been wanting to call you on a
           nearly minutely basis but I have
           been waiting until I could form a
           coherent thought in re: "An
           Imperial Affliction."

                          (SHE SMILES)
           I can't stop thinking about it.

                          HAZEL
           I know, right?

                          GUS
           The only problem is the ending.

                          HAZEL
           It is rather abrupt.

                          GUS
           It's torture! I mean, I totally get
           that she died or whatever - Anna.
           But there is an unwritten contract
           between author and reader and I
           think ending your book in the
           middle of a sentence kind of
           violates that contract.

                          HAZEL
           But that's part of what I like
           about it. It portrays death
           truthfully. You die in the middle
           of your life, in the middle of a
           sentence. But I do - God, I do want
           to know what happens to everyone
           else.

                          GUS
           Yeah like her Mom.

                          HAZEL
           The Dutch Tulip Man...

           28.

                         

                          GUS
           Sysiphus the Hamster...
          Hazel beams. Gus totally gets the book. A bond between them.

                          GUS
           Have you tried contacting this...
           Peter Van Houten?

                          HAZEL
           I've written letters. He's never
           responded. Apparently he moved to
           Amsterdam, became a recluse. Hasn't
           published anything. Doesn't do
           interviews.

                          GUS
           Sad.

                          (BEAT)
           Hang on.
           (turns to Isaac)
           Isaac!
          Gus stands and takes the pillow out of Isaac's hand.

                          GUS
           Pillows don't break.
          Gus hands Isaac one of his basketball TROPHIES.

                          GUS
           You need to break something.
          Isaac looks at it, then back to Gus as if asking permission.
          Gus nods. Isaac holds it over his head and SMASH! The trophy
          breaks into a million pieces. Isaac almost smiles. Gus hands
          him another.

                          GUS
           Go to town, my friend.
          And Isaac does. Smashing them one by one. Hazel looks at Gus.

                          GUS
           I've been looking for a way to tell
           my Dad that I kinda hate
           basketball. Think maybe we've found
           it.
          Isaac grabs more of the TROPHIES, smashing them to pieces.
          Gus and Hazel enjoy the spectacle. When there are none left
          Isaac is panting, standing over the bronze carnage.

                          GUS
           Feel better?
          Isaac thinks about it. Shakes his head no. Gus puts his arm
          around him but looks at Hazel.

           29.

                         

                          GUS
           That's the thing about pain... it
           demands to be felt.
          Hazel smiles. And on her face, we CUT TO:

                         

          INT LANCASTER HOUSE - DINING ROOM - ANOTHER NIGHT
          Where Hazel is having dinner with her parents.

                          FRANNIE
           Dr. Maria called today. The PET
           Scan is set for the eighth.
          Hazel nods. This could be a source of worry but she's not
          going to think about that right now. She's upbeat. And she's
          actually eating, which her parents can't help but notice.
          Frannie and Michael look at one another, pleased.

                          FRANNIE
           I told you Support Group was a good
           idea.
          Hazel's phone buzzes. "Augustus." She looks to her parents.

                          MICHAEL
           By all means.

                         

          EXT HAZEL'S BACKYARD - MOMENTS LATER
          Hazel lays on the grass in her backyard staring up at the
          stars. She rings him back and as she does SPLITSCREEN w/
          Hazel in the grass and:

                         

          INT GUS'S BASEMENT BEDROOM - SAME
          Gus (upside down) in bed, a laptop on his chest.

                          GUS
           Hazel Grace.

                          HAZEL
           Hello Augustus.

                          GUS
           So I read it again. And I just kept
           feeling like... like it was a gift.
           Like you'd given me something
           important.

                          HAZEL

                          (TOUCHED)
           You're welcome.

                          GUS
           On the other hand... we need
           closure, don't we?

           30.

                         

                          HAZEL
           What we need is a sequel.

                          GUS
           Yes. We need to know what happens
           to Anna's family after she dies.

                          HAZEL
           That's what I kept asking Van
           Houten for in my letters.

                          GUS
           But he never wrote back.

                          HAZEL
           That's correct.

                          GUS
           Because he's a recluse.

                          HAZEL
           Yeee-up.

                          GUS
           Utterly unreachable.

                          HAZEL
           Unfortunately so.
          Gus clears his throat, smiles. Hazel waits.

                          GUS
           "Dear Mr. Waters... I am writing to
           thank you for your electronic
           correspondence received this 6th of
           April.
          Hazel sits up. Could it be...?

                          GUS
           "I am grateful to anyone who sets
           aside the time to read my book..."

                          HAZEL
           Augustus!?

                          GUS
           I found his assistant. I emailed
           her. She must have forwarded it to
           him.
           (Hazel is stunned)
           Shall I continue?

                          HAZEL
           Keep reading, keep reading!

           31.

                         

                          GUS
           "I am particularly indebted to you,
           sir, both for your kind words about
           `An Imperial Affliction' and for
           taking the time to tell me that the
           book, and here I quote you
           directly, `meant a great deal' to
           you."
          Hazel pays attention to every word.

                          GUS
           "To answer your question: No, I
           have not written anything else, nor
           will I. I do not feel that
           continuing to share my thoughts
           with readers would benefit either
           them or me. However thank you again
           for your generous email. Yours most
           sincerely, Peter Van Houten.

                          HAZEL
           You're making this up?

                          GUS
           Hazel Grace, could I, with my
           meager intellectual capabilities,
           make up a letter from the great
           Peter Van Houten?

                          HAZEL
           Holy hell.

                          GUS
           Indeed.

                          HAZEL
           Can I... would you mind...

                          GUS

                          (SMILING)
           Go check your in-box.
          Hazel jumps up as fast as her lungs will allow. CUT TO:

                         

          INT HAZEL'S BEDROOM - LATER THAT NIGHT
          Hazel sits at her computer, Van Houten's assistant's email
          address staring her in the face. The cursor blinks on a blank
          page. And then Hazel starts writing...

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           "Dear Mr. Peter Van Houten, my name
           is Hazel Grace Lancaster. My friend
           Augustus Waters, who read your book
           - at my recommendation - just
           received an email from you at this
           address. I hope you will not mind
           that he shared that email with me."

           32.

                         
          While Hazel reads the letter, we see a SERIES OF SCENES
          showing the next several days. They include:
          - Hazel and Gus drinking coffees at a cafe. He's
          enthusiastically telling a story and she's enjoying every
          moment of it.
          - Hazel helping Gus become a better driver. It's no use.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           "I was wondering if you wouldn't
           mind answering a few questions I
           have about what happens after the
           end of the book. Specifically, the

                          FOLLOWING:"
          - In his kitchen, laughing, trying to make omelettes.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           "Does Anna's Mom marry the Dutch
           Tulip Man; is the Dutch Tulip Man
           up to something - or is he just
           misunderstood? What happens to
           Anna's friends?
          - Watching TV. Their bodies almost touching. But not quite.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           Lastly, I was hoping you could shed
           some light on Sisyphus the Hamster.
           These questions have haunted me for
           years. And I don't know how long I
           have left to get answers to them."
          And finally, back in Hazel's bedroom. She finishes reading
          this letter into the phone.

                          HAZEL
           "I know these are not important
           literary questions and that your
           book is full of important literary
           questions, but I would just really
           like to know."
          INTERCUT w/ Gus bouncing a ball against the wall, listening.

                          HAZEL
           (reading it aloud to him)
           "And of course, if ever you do
           decide to write anything else, even
           if you don't want to publish it,
           I'd love to read it. Frankly, I'd
           read your grocery lists. Yours with
           great admiration, Hazel Grace
           Lancaster. Age 16."

                          GUS
           Not bad.

           33.

                         

                          HAZEL
           You think?

                          GUS
           Bit pretentious. But then again,
           Van Houten uses words like
           "tendentious" and... "bacchanalia"
           so I think he'll like it.
          Hazel smiles, looks at a clock.

                          HAZEL
           Is it really almost 1?

                          GUS
           Guess so.

                          HAZEL
           I gotta get to sleep.

                          GUS
           Ok...

                          HAZEL
           Ok...
          Neither one of them want to hang up the phone.

                          GUS
           Ok...

                          HAZEL
           Ok...
          They both laugh at this.

                          GUS
           Perhaps "ok" will be our "always."
          Hazel smiles.

                          HAZEL
           Ok.

                          GUS
           Ok.

                          HAZEL
           Ok.
          Gus hangs up. We stay with Hazel. Is it really possible this
          Beautiful Boy likes her? She thinks about it. She's not
          convinced. CUT TO:

                         

          INT HOSPITAL - RECOVERY ROOM - DAY
          Isaac lies in bed, bandages covering his eyes, now officially
          blind. A NURSE attends to him while Hazel sits by his side.

           34.

                         

                          ISAAC
           She hasn't even visited. Fourteen
           months we were together. What kind
           of person...

                          ISAAC'S NURSE
           You'll get over her Isaac. Just
           takes a little time. You'll see.
          The Nurse exits the room.

                          ISAAC
           Is she gone?

                          HAZEL
           Yeah.

                          ISAAC
           Did she really just say "you'll
           see?"

                          HAZEL
           (shakes her head)
           Qualities of a Good Nurse. Go.

                          ISAAC
           Doesn't pun your disability.

                          HAZEL
           Gets blood on the first try.

                          ISAAC
           That is huge. I mean, seriously, is
           this my freakin' arm or a
           dartboard? Three - no condescending
           voice.

                          HAZEL
           (lays it on thick)
           "I'm gonna stab you with this
           needle now, so there might be a
           little ouchie."
          They laugh and then lapse into silence for a moment.

                          HAZEL
           You doing alright, Isaac?

                          ISAAC
           I don't know. To be honest, I think
           a hell of a lot more about Monica
           than my eye. Is that crazy? That's
           crazy.

                          HAZEL
           It's a little crazy.

           35.

                         

                          ISAAC
           But I believe in love, you know? I
           don't believe that everybody gets
           to keep their eyes or not get sick
           or whatever, but everybody should
           have true love. Don't you think?
          Hazel thinks about it as Isaac presses the button on his pain
          pump, self-administering morphine.

                          ISAAC
           Gus was here earlier.

                          HAZEL
           (trying to be nonchalant)
           Was he?
          Isaac exhales as the pain pump starts to kick in.

                          ISAAC
           Mmm... that's better.

                          HAZEL
           The pain?
           (off his slow nod)
           Good. Good, Isaac.
           (Isaac closes his eyes)
           What about Gus?
          But Isaac is already asleep. Whatever he was going to say
          about Gus is gone. Hazel nods, pats his hand. CUT TO:

                         

          INT HAZEL'S BEDROOM - MORNING
          Hazel rolls out of bed, stumbles to her computer. She
          casually checks her in-box and is shocked to discover - he's
          written her back!

                          HAZEL
           Holy shit!

                          (READING ALOUD)
           "Dear Ms. Lancaster... I cannot
           answer your questions, at least not
           in writing, because to do so would
           constitute a sequel, which you
           might publish or otherwise share on
           the internet. Not that I don't
           trust you, but how could I trust
           you, I barely know you."
          Hazel's jaw hangs open as she reads the next part:

                          HAZEL
           "Should ever you find yourself in
           Amsterdam, do pay a visit at your
           leisure. Yours most sincerely,
           Peter Van Houten" Son of a - WHAT

           IS THIS LIFE!!!

           36.

                         
          Frannie races in, clearly expecting a health problem.

                          FRANNIE
           What's wrong?!

                          HAZEL
           (realizing she scared her)
           Nothing. Sorry.

                          FRANNIE

                          (CONFUSED)
           Nothing?

                          HAZEL
           Everything! Look!
          Hazel shows Frannie the note. Frannie reads it.

                          HAZEL
           Can we go to Amsterdam? Please?
          Frannie thinks about how to respond for a beat.

                          FRANNIE
           Hazel, I... I love you and... you
           know I'd do anything for you, but
           we don't...

                          (PAINED)
           We don't have the money. The
           expense of getting equipment over
           there - love, it's just not
           possible...

                          HAZEL

                          (DEFLATES)
           No, yeah, of course.
          Clearly Frannie feels awful. Which makes Hazel feel awful.

                          FRANNIE
           I mean, I could talk to your father

                          OR --

                          HAZEL
           Mom, no. Please. Don't do anything.
           Forget I mentioned it.
          A beat between them. Frannie walks out, sadly. Hazel sits on
          the bed, totally bummed now for two reasons.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           Guilt is definitely a side effect
           of cancer.

                         

          EXT SUBURBAN STREET - LATER
          Hazel and Gus walk together on the sidewalk.

           37.

                         

                          GUS
           Just use your wish.

                          HAZEL
           I've used it already. Pre-
           "Miracle."

                          GUS
           What'd you do?
          Hazel doesn't want to say. Gus realizes.

                          GUS
           Not Disney.

                          HAZEL
           I was 13...

                          GUS
           Tell me you did not go to Disney
           World.
           (Hazel looks away)
           Hazel Grace! You did not use your
           one dying Wish to go to Disney
           World!

                          HAZEL

                          (FEEBLE)
           And Epcot Center.

                          GUS
           (hands in the air)
           Oh my God!

                          HAZEL

                          (DEFENDING HERSELF)
           We had fun on that trip.

                          GUS
           That is the saddest thing I've ever
           heard!

                          HAZEL
           I met Goofy...

                          GUS
           Now I'm embarrassed.

                          HAZEL
           Why are you embarrassed?

                          GUS
           How can I have a crush on a girl
           with such cliche wishes?

                          HAZEL
           Wait, what?
          The word "crush" has taken Hazel totally by surprise.

           38.

                         

                          GUS
           What?
          She looks at him. A beat. She quickly looks away, blushing.
          Gus continues on about Disney but all Hazel can think about
          is "CRUSH". She tries not to seem too excited. CUT TO:

                         

          INT PET SCAN ROOM - DAY
          Hazel, in a hospital gown, is slowly fed through the machine.
          A TECH explains that she should hold still, try and relax,
          etc. But Hazel knows. She knows all about these procedures.
          She's a pro. CUT TO:

                         

          EXT HAZEL'S HOUSE - FRONT
          Gus is waiting on the front stoop when Frannie's car pulls
          up. They're home from the hospital.
          He wears an Indiana Pacers JERSEY and carries a bouquet of
          bright orange TULIPS.
          Michael gets out of the passenger's seat to help Hazel out of
          the car. Gus rises to assist them.

                          MICHAEL
           Is that a Rik Smits jersey?

                          GUS
           It is indeed.

                          MICHAEL

                          (BEAT)
           Man, I loved that guy.
          Hazel sees Gus, wasn't expecting him.

                          HAZEL
           Gus?

                          GUS
           Hi Hazel.

                          (BEAT)
           How would you like to go on a
           picnic?

                         

          INT HAZEL'S LIVING ROOM - MOMENTS LATER
          Gus is with Frannie and Michael downstairs.

                          FRANNIE
           Something to drink?

                          GUS
           I'm great Mrs. Lancaster.

           39.

                         
          Meanwhile, upstairs, Hazel gets ready for the date. She's put
          the orange flowers in a toothbrush holder and is putting on
          LIP GLOSS. She can faintly hear the conversation downstairs.
          ANGLE ON Gus sitting on the stairs. Michael next to him.

                          MICHAEL
           You're a survivor yourself?

                          GUS
           (taps his leg)
           Didn't cut this fella off for the
           hell of it. Though it is an
           excellent weight-loss strategy.
           Legs are heavy!

                          MICHAEL
           How's your health now?

                          GUS
           N-E-C for fourteen months.

                          MICHAEL
           That's fantastic.

                          GUS
           I'm very lucky.
          ANGLE ON Hazel, checking herself out in the mirror. Seems to
          like what she sees a lot more than before.
          BACK ON Gus and Michael, downstairs:

                          MICHAEL
           Son, you have to understand...
           Hazel's still pretty sick. She will
           be the rest of her life.
          ANGLE on Hazel, who can hear all of this. She stops what
          she's doing and listens.

                          MICHAEL
           She'll want to keep up with you -
           she's that kind of girl - but the
           truth is, her lungs --

                          HAZEL
           You ready Gus?
          Hazel appears, silencing her Father mid-sentence. CUT TO:

                         

          EXT PARK - LATER
          Behind the Indianapolis Museum of Art is 152 Acres of Gardens
          and Grounds. Hazel and Gus walk together.

                          HAZEL
           Is this where you bring all your
           romantic conquests?

           40.

                         

                          GUS
           Every last one.

                          (BEAT)
           Probably why I'm still a virgin.
          Hazel laughs, elbows him.

                          HAZEL
           You're not a virgin.
           (off his look)
           Are you really?
          Gus picks a STICK up from the dirt. Draws a BIG CIRCLE in it.

                          GUS
           See this? This circle is virgins...
          Now Gus draws a much smaller circle inside that circle.

                          GUS
           And this... is 17 year old dudes
           with one leg.
          Hazel laughs. Point made. He grabs her hand, helps her walk
          up a tiny hill. Once up there, Gus lays a blanket on the
          ground. They sit, looking out over a rather odd SCULPTURE - a
          set of GIANT WHITE BONES where children can jump and play.

                          GUS

                          (EXPLAINING)
           "Funky Bones" by Joep Van Lieshout.

                          HAZEL
           He sounds Dutch.

                          GUS
           And he is. Much like Rik Smits. And
           tulips.
          Hazel raises an eyebrow at Gus. He's sure taking this
          Amsterdam/Dutch thing pretty far. He removes some sandwiches
          and orange juice out of a basket.

                          GUS
           Sandwich?

                          HAZEL
           Let me guess --

                          GUS

                          (NODS)
           Dutch cheese. And tomato.
           (she takes one)
           The tomatoes are Mexican. Sorry.
          They eat for a second, their eyes watching the children play
          on the bones.

           41.

                         

                          GUS
           How cool is that? A skeleton being
           used as a playground.

                          HAZEL
           You do love your symbols.

                          GUS
           Speaking of which...
          Gus stands up, takes a cigarette, puts it in his mouth. He
          clears his throat.

                          GUS
           You're probably wondering why
           you're sitting here eating a bad
           cheese sandwich and drinking orange
           juice with a guy in a Rik Smits
           jersey.

                          HAZEL
           It has crossed my mind.

                          GUS
           Hazel Grace, like so many before
           you - and I say this with great
           affection - you spent your Wish...
           moronically.

                          HAZEL
           I was thir--

                          GUS
           Hush! I'm in the midst of a grand
           soliloquy here.

                          HAZEL
           Sorry. Please, continue...

                          GUS
           You were young. Impressionable. The
           Grim Reaper staring you in the
           face. And the fear of dying with
           your one true Wish left ungranted
           led you to rush into making one you
           didn't really want, for how could
           little Hazel Grace, having never
           read "An Imperial Affliction" ever
           know that her one TRUE wish was to
           visit Mr. Peter Van Houten in his
           Amsterdamian exile.
          Hazel nods in agreement.

                          GUS
           If you were smart, you would have
           saved your wish til the time in
           your life when you really knew your
           true self.

           42.

                         
          Gus stops talking. Hazel is confused.

                          HAZEL
           But I... didn't save it.
          Gus smiles.

                          GUS
           Good thing I saved mine.
          Hazel cocks her head to one side. What is he talking about?

                          GUS
           Got it in exchange for the leg.

                          (BEAT)
           And I still have it.
          She starts to realize.

                          HAZEL
           Are you saying --

                          GUS
           I'm not gonna give you my Wish or
           anything. But I too have an
           interest in meeting Peter Van
           Houten and it wouldn't make much
           sense to meet him without the girl
           who introduced me to his book, now
           would it?
           (Hazel's eyes widen)
           I talked to the Genies and they're
           in total agreement.

                          (BEAT)
           We leave on May third.
          Hazel is so excited that she grabs Gus and pulls him into a
          hug. Their faces close, lips inches apart, and just when it
          looks like something might happen --

                          HAZEL
           Wait a minute.

                          (BEAT)
           Are you only doing this so I'll
           kiss you?
          A beat. Gus blinks a few times.

                          HAZEL
           Cause I'd totally kiss you either
           way.
          And kiss him she does. He's surprised. And when it's over,
          they sit back, look at one another. A magic moment.

                          HAZEL
           Seriously... why are you doing
           this?

           43.

                         

                          GUS
           Because Hazel Grace... I found my
           Wish.
          And Hazel is beyond touched. We hear:

                          FRANNIE (OVERLAP)
           Are you out of your mind?

                         

          INT HAZEL'S UTILITY ROOM - DAY
          Frannie folds laundry while Hazel pleads her case.

                          FRANNIE
           It's too much, Haze. We can't
           accept something like that from a
           virtual stranger.

                          HAZEL
           He's not a stranger.

                          FRANNIE
           Really?

                          HAZEL
           Don't be gross.

                          FRANNIE
           It's still "no," I'm afraid.

                          HAZEL
           Can we at least ask Dr. Maria?

                         

          INT DOCTOR'S OFFICE - ANOTHER DAY
          Where Hazel's oncologist DR. MARIA shakes her head.

           DR. MARIA
           That's out of the question.

                          HAZEL
           You said the PET scan was
           encouraging!

           DR. MARIA
           The PET scan is encouraging. We
           just don't know how long it'll stay
           that way. What if you get sick in a
           foreign country?

                          HAZEL
           They have doctors in Amsterdam. And
           cancer. Someone will know what to
           do.

           44.

                         

           DR. MARIA
           Be that as it may, without someone
           familiar with your particular case,
           I can't --

                          HAZEL
           (turns to her Mom)
           So you'll come too.

                          FRANNIE
           What?

                          HAZEL
           The Genies can hook it up. They're
           loaded.

                          FRANNIE

                          I --

                          HAZEL
           You've never been to Amsterdam,
           have you Mom?
          And judging from her face, seems she'd kinda like to. Dr.
          Maria looks at Frannie, shrugs - kid's got a point.
          Hazel smiles. And on that smile, we SMASH CUT TO:

           BLACK.
          Over which, we HEAR:

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           And then this happened.

                         

          INT HAZEL'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
          [Note: There's no sound in this sequence. Just images.]
          Hazel wakes up screaming in the middle of the night, shaking
          and holding her head.
          Frannie and Michael burst in. Mom grabs her crying daughter,
          frightened beyond belief, waves to Michael to call for help.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           People talk about the courage of
           cancer patients. And I do not deny
           that courage...
          He leaves the room to do so and Fran stays behind, rocking
          with her daughter, promising her it'll all be ok. Whatever
          nightmare this is, it's going to end. CUT TO:

                         

          INT FRANNIE'S CAR - MOMENTS LATER
          Still silent. Michael drives, trying to keep it together.
          Frannie's in the back with Hazel's head in her lap.

           45.

                         
          Hazel continues to scream in silence, whether from pain or
          terror, we do not know.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           I'd been poked and stabbed and
           poisoned for years and still I trod
           on.

                         

          INT EMERGENCY ROOM - MOMENTS LATER
          Michael carries Hazel into the chaotic emergency room.
          They're practically running. There's still no sound.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           But make no mistake...
          The doctors rally to assist the screaming, crying child.
          She's wheeled away from her family who can only watch. We
          stay with her and WE HEAR:

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           In that moment I would have been
           very, very happy to die.

          END SEQUENCE.

                         

          INT HOSPITAL ROOM - ICU - MORNING
          The sound returns. And it's the sound of a heart monitor.
          BEEP. BEEP. BEEP. It's also the sound of a working heart.
          Hazel has made it through. Her eyes open. A NURSE is there.

                          HAZEL'S NURSE
           Hello.

                          HAZEL
           Hi.

                          HAZEL'S NURSE
           You're ok, Hazel.
          Even Hazel seems surprised by that.

                          HAZEL'S NURSE
           Would you like to see your parents?
          Hazel nods. The Nurse goes to get them. Soon they come
          bounding in, crying and kissing her repeatedly. So much
          relief. CUT TO:
          LATER. Hazel's bed has been raised up so she can talk to her
          parents "comfortably."

                          FRANNIE
           They thought it was a brain tumor.

                          MICHAEL
           It wasn't - thank god --

           46.

                         

                          HAZEL
           So what happened?

                          FRANNIE
           The usual. Fluid in the lungs,
           preventing oxygenation. They put
           that in...
          There's a TUBE in Hazel's side draining fluid into a plastic
          bladder that hangs off her bed.

                          FRANNIE
           Drained a liter and a half last
           night.
          (That's a lot of fluid.)

                          MICHAEL
           The good news is... no tumor
           growth. No new tumors in your body.
          Hazel nods. That is a relief.

                          MICHAEL
           We're all so relieved.
          Frannie embraces her daughter.

                          FRANNIE
           This is just a thing Hazel. It's a
           thing we can live with.
          Hazel nods again. Only in the universe of Hazel Grace
          Lancaster is something like this just a thing. Meanwhile:

                         

          INT HOSPITAL ICU - WAITING AREA - LATER
          Here's Gus, his foot tapping nervously on the floor. It's
          unclear how long he's been waiting there. He sees Michael
          walk down the hall. Races after him.

                          GUS
           Mr. Lancaster! How's she doing?

                          MICHAEL
           Better, thank you. Much better.
          Gus nods, as relieved as the rest of them.

                          GUS
           They won't let me in. Family only.

                          MICHAEL
           I'm sorry --

                          GUS
           No I get it. Will you just... will
           you tell her I was here?

           47.

                         

                          MICHAEL
           Of course I will.
          Gus smiles. And sits back down. Though he won't get to see
          her, he still wants to stay.

                          MICHAEL
           Gus.
          Michael really likes this kid.

                          MICHAEL
           Why don't you go home, get some
           rest?
          Gus looks up. That might be for the best. CUT TO:

                         

          INT HOSPITAL - CONFERENCE ROOM - DAYS LATER
          Hazel and her Parents sit at a very large conference table
          along with Dr. Maria and THREE OTHER ONCOLOGISTS - her whole
          "Cancer Team."

                          ONCOLOGIST #1
           The great news is... Phalanxifor
           continues to control your tumor
           growth.

                          (BEAT)
           The not so great news is we're
           still seeing serious problems with
           fluid accumulation.

                          (BEAT)
           So how should we proceed?
          Silence. Hazel looks around the room, waits for someone to
          answer. No one does.

                          HAZEL
           Um, I feel like I'm not the most
           qualified person to answer that.

                          ONCOLOGIST #1
           I was talking to Dr. Simmons.
          DR. SIMMONS (late 60s, white beard, old school) speaks next.

           DR. SIMMONS
           It's a strange case. Normally the
           tumors start resisting the
           treatment. But that hasn't happened
           here - yet.
          Hazel hears the "yet" the loudest.

           DR. SIMMONS
           Unfortunately, the drug may be
           worsening the edema.

           48.

                         

           DR. MARIA
           But if we stopped it entirely,
           we're likely to face even graver
           dangers.

                          MICHAEL
           So we're gonna do nothing?

           DR. MARIA
           That's what we have to decide. The
           truth is... very few people have
           been on Phalanxifor as long as
           Hazel has. We don't really know the
           long term effects.
          That comforts no one.

                          HAZEL
           Can't I just get like a lung
           transplant or something?
          The Doctors look at one another like "who wants to take that
          one?" Eventually:

           DR. MARIA
           You would not be considered a...
           strong candidate for a transplant.
          Hazel takes that in, nods, tries to pretend it didn't bother
          her. Sensitive Michael on the other hand starts to cry a
          little bit. He grabs Frannie's hand.

           DR. SIMMONS
           We're trying to prevent endothelial
           growth while at the same time
           preventing immunosorbent...
          As Dr. Simmons drones on with some cancer gobbledygook,
          Hazel's eyes remain firmly fixed on her parents. She hates
          what she's doing to them. And seeing them holding hands,
          crying but trying not to cry - it jogs a memory. CUT TO:

                         

          INT HOSPITAL ICU - FLASHBACK
          We saw this once before. It looks like the end for 13-year
          old Hazel. Her father is weeping off to the side while her
          mom stands over her, holding her hand, and asking:

                          FRANNIE
           (through the tears)
           Are you ready, sweetie?
          13-year old Hazel nods. The doctors get to work. The
          anaesthetic takes hold and Hazel goes under. But not enough.
          Cause she totally hears her mother say:

                          FRANNIE
           I won't be a mom anymore.

           49.

                         
          She falls into her husband's chest. And we're BACK TO:

                         

          INT HOSPITAL - CONFERENCE ROOM
          Hazel comes out of the memory when her parents see her
          staring at them. She tries to shake it off. Dr. Simmons is
          still talking nonsense when:

                          HAZEL
           I have a question.

           DR. MARIA
           Yes Hazel.

                          HAZEL
           Can I still go to Amsterdam?
          Dr. Simmons can't help himself. He laughs. Everyone looks at
          him. He clears his throat.

           DR. SIMMONS
           That would not be wise at this
           juncture.

                          HAZEL
           Why not?

           DR. SIMMONS
           Excuse me?

                          HAZEL
           Why not, Dr. Simmons?

           DR. SIMMONS

                          I --
          The doctors are trying to be delicate here.

           DR. MARIA
           It would... increase some risks --

                          HAZEL
           So does going to the mall --

           DR. MARIA
           Yes but an airplane?

                          HAZEL
           They have oxygen on airplanes.

                          FRANNIE

                          HAZEL --

                          HAZEL
           It's my life, right?

           DR. SIMMONS
           You're Stage IV --

           50.

                         

                          HAZEL
           I have this opportunity I may never
           have again. If the medicine's
           working, I don't see why --

           DR. SIMMONS
           Because, Hazel.

                          (BEAT)
           Look, I don't know any other way to
           say this... You're just too sick.
          And this is like a punch in the gut.

           DR. SIMMONS
           I'm sorry.
          Everyone feels horrible now. Dr. Maria, Frannie and Michael,
          and even Hazel. This meeting couldn't have gone worse. And we

                         CUT TO:

                         

          EXT HAZEL'S HOUSE - DRIVEWAY
          Hazel parent's bring her home from the hospital. She looks
          miserable. It's clear the last few days have been a big
          emotional set back. CUT TO:

                         

          INT HAZEL'S BEDROOM - LATER
          Her parents tuck her in.

                          FRANNIE
           We'll be right outside.
          Hazel nods. Her phone buzzes. She looks at it. A text from
          Gus that reads: "ok?" Hazel looks at it.
          And she doesn't write back. CUT TO:

                         

          INT HAZEL'S KITCHEN - ANOTHER NIGHT
          Hazel sits staring at nothing. The house phone rings. Michael
          comes in from another room with the phone in hand. Whispers:

                          MICHAEL
           Gus again.
          Hazel thinks about it - silently shakes her head, no. Michael
          says into the phone.

                          MICHAEL
           I'm sorry Gus, she's asleep.
          Hazel stands and goes into her bedroom, clearly depressed.

           51.

                         

          INT HAZEL'S BEDROOM - LATER
          Hazel reads from "An Imperial Affliction." Her phone buzzes
          again. "Augustus." It just says "hello?" Again she ignores
          it.
          And then a second text. She looks at it. "The silence is
          deafening." She puts the phone back down.
          Hazel's heart breaks. She can't take it anymore. She picks
          the phone back up. She texts the following:
          "I don't know if you'll understand this but I can't see you
          anymore. I mean I want to. I just..."
          She thinks about the rest. She writes:
          "I'm a grenade."
          She sends the text. Waits.
          And then there's more to say. She sends a second text.
          "When I look at you, all I can see is what I'm going to put
          you through. I can't have that. I'm sorry."
          She sends that text. Waits.
          He writes back.
          "Ok."
          Hazel reads it. Writes back: "Ok."
          A beat. Gus responds: "oh my god, stop flirting with me!"
          Hazel smiles - she can't help herself! - but she must. She
          gets her emotions in check. Puts the phone away. CUT TO:

                         

          EXT HAZEL'S HOUSE - ESTABLISHING
          An ugly day in Indianapolis.

                         

          INT HAZEL'S HOUSE - SAME
          Inside, Hazel is about as miserable as the weather. The sky -
          and the circumstances - have cast a grey pall over the day.

                         

          EXT HAZEL'S HOUSE - BACKYARD
          Hazel walks out back. Looks up at the clouds, threatening
          rain but not yet delivering it. She sits down in the grass,
          on the verge of tears. She looks at the old rusty SWING SET
          that's been in her backyard for years.

           52.

                         
          And starts to cry. Just for a few brief moments, she lets
          herself cry.
          Then she wipes the tears. Becomes strong again. And makes a
          decision.
          Hazel dials her phone. We hear:

           GUS (O.S.)
           Hazel Grace!

                          HAZEL
           Hi Augustus.

           GUS (O.S.)
           Are you crying, Hazel Grace?

                          HAZEL
           Kind of.

           GUS (O.S.)
           What's the matter?

                          HAZEL
           I don't know. I want to go to
           Amsterdam. And I want him to tell
           us what happens after the book and
           I don't want my particular life and
           also the sky is making me sad and
           there's this old swing set that my
           Dad made for me when I was a kid.
           It's just... everything.
          Hazel is on the verge of losing it again. A few beats of
          silence pass by.

           GUS (O.S.)
           I demand to see this swing set of
           tears.
          Hazel can't help but smile and we CUT TO:
          LATER. Same backyard - only now Hazel is with Gus. Which
          makes everything better.
          They both look at the swing set.

                          GUS
           I see your point.

                          (BEAT)
           That is one sad swing set.
          Hazel nudges her head onto his shoulder.

                          HAZEL
           Thanks for coming over.

           53.

                         

                          GUS
           You do realize... trying to keep
           your distance from me will in no
           way lessen my affection for you.
          Hazel says nothing.

                          GUS
           All efforts to save me from you
           will fail.
          Hazel looks at him. He's sure not making this easy.

                          GUS
           Is this about Amsterdam? Cause we

                          DON'T --

                          HAZEL
           It's not about Amsterdam. It's
           about me. It's about...

                          GUS
           Grenades.
          Hazel nods.

                          GUS
           I get it. One day you're going to
           explode in a huge ball of fire and
           everyone close to you will die in
           your wake.

                          HAZEL
           Exactly.

                          GUS
           There's already two people in your
           life you're going to destroy. Why
           add a third to that list. Am I
           right?

                          HAZEL

                          (NODS)
           That's why I don't have a hamster.
          Gus is silent. He can't argue. They stand there quietly a few
          more beats, looking out at the swing set. Until:

                          GUS
           We have got to do something about
           this frigging swing set.

                         

          INT HAZEL'S BEDROOM - MOMENTS LATER
          Hazel sits at the computer screen writing a Craigslist post.
          Gus stands next to her.

           54.

                         

                          HAZEL

                          (TYPING)
           "Swing Set Needs Home."

                          GUS
           "Desperately Lonely Swing Set Needs
           Loving Home."

                          HAZEL
           "Lonely, Vaguely Pedophilic Swing
           Set Seeks Butts of Children."
          Gus laughs.

                          HAZEL
           No?
          Gus laughs harder. Hazel laughs with him.

                          GUS
           That's why.
          Hazel looks at him, not understanding.

                          GUS
           In case you were wondering...
           that's why I like you.
           (beat, off her look)
           You're so busy being you that you
           have no idea how utterly
           unprecedented you are.
          Hazel absorbs that. Her feelings for this boy in a tangle.

                         CUT TO:

                         

          EXT HAZEL'S HOUSE - BACKYARD
          Gus and Hazel watch as a TOWNIE finishes loading the swing
          set into the back of his PICK-UP. Gus salutes the swing set
          as the truck drives off.
          Then he sneaks a quick kiss on Hazel's cheek. She shoots him
          a look. Gus throws up his hands.

                          GUS
           Friendly.
          She playfully elbows him away.

                         

          EXT CHURCH - ANOTHER DAY
          Hazel walks with Isaac out of Support Group.

                          ISAAC
           Do you like him?

                          HAZEL
           Of course I like him.

           55.

                         

                          ISAAC
           But you don't want to hook up with
           him?
          Hazel doesn't know what she wants.

                          HAZEL
           It's complicated.

                         

          INT HAZEL'S BEDROOM - DAY
          Hazel is at her computer reading a new email from Lidewij
          Vliegenthart. Clearly Hazel was not expecting this.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           "Dear Hazel, I have received word
           via the Genies that you will be
           visiting us with Augustus Waters
           and your mother beginning on the
           4th. A week away! Peter and I are
           delighted and cannot wait to --
          Hazel is confused. She stands and walks into the hallway.

                          HAZEL
           Mom?
          No response.

                          HAZEL
           Mom!

                          (STILL NOTHING)

           MOM!!!
          Frannie races out of her room in a towel, dripping wet.

                          FRANNIE
           What is it, what's wrong?!

                          HAZEL
           Sorry, I... I didn't know you were
           in the shower.

                          FRANNIE

                          (EXHAUSTED)
           Bath. I was just... just trying to
           take a bath for five seconds.
           What's the matter?

                          HAZEL
           Did you ever call the Genies to
           tell them the trip is off? I just
           got an email from Peter Van
           Houton's assistant. She still
           thinks we're coming.
          Frannie purses her lips and squints past Hazel. Clearly
          unsure what to say.

           56.

                         

                          HAZEL
           What?
          Frannie can't keep a straight face.

                          FRANNIE
           I'm not supposed to tell you until
           your father gets home.

                          (BEAT)
           We're going to Amsterdam.

                          HAZEL
           (still not believing)
           Really...

                          FRANNIE
           Dr. Maria called last night and
           made a convincing case that you
           need to live --

                          HAZEL

                          (YELLING)

           I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!
          Hazel can't move all that fast to hug her Mom so Frannie
          comes to her and they embrace. After:

                          FRANNIE
           I'm getting back in the tub now.
          When she leaves Hazel grabs her cell phone. ANGLE ON IT.
          Hazel sends Gus the following text: "STILL FREE MAY 3? :-)"
          A moment later Gus responds: "EVERYTHING'S COMING UP WATERS!"
          Hazel is over the moon with excitement. She smiles, then
          tries to calm herself, knowing it's the best thing.

                          HAZEL
           (whispering to her lungs)
           One week, lungs. Keep your shit
           together one more week...

                         

          INT KITCHEN - ONE WEEK LATER
          Luggage waits by the door, including oxygen tanks and medical
          equipment. Frannie makes breakfast as Hazel enters, now
          dressed and excited for the trip.

                          HAZEL
           Amsterdam!

                          FRANNIE
           Amsterdam!
          And a moment later Michael joins them.

           57.

                         

                          MICHAEL
           Amsterdam!
          They're all going crazy with excitement! CUT TO:

                         

          EXT HOUSE - LATER
          Michael finishes loading up the car. Kisses his wife goodbye.
          He embraces Hazel. She hugs him back and of course he starts
          to cry.

                          MICHAEL

                          (WHISPERING)
           I love you. I'm so proud of you.

                          HAZEL
           For what?
          Michael lets go of her and wipes away his tears. They look at
          each other. Unable to help himself, he grabs her for another
          hug. Hazel lets him, laughing.

                         

          INT / EXT CAR - LATER
          The car is packed with oxygen tanks, a suitcase for clothes,
          another for medicines and back-up medicines just in case etc.
          Frannie pulls up to Gus's house. They get out of the car and
          head to the front door, buzzing with excitement.
          As they get close, they can hear a commotion inside. A
          WOMAN'S VOICE yelling something unclear, followed by:

           GUS (O.S.)

           BECAUSE IT'S MY LIFE, MOM. IT

           BELONGS TO ME!
          Frannie immediately puts her arm around Hazel and quickly
          spins her back to the car.

                          HAZEL
           Mom?

                          FRANNIE
           We can't eavesdrop, Hazel.
          Back at the car, far out of earshot, they wait. Hazel unsure
          what that was about. Frannie politely honks the horn.
          A moment later Gus emerges from the house, smiling. A travel
          bag over his shoulder and a cigarette dangling from his lips.

                          GUS

                          (TO FRANNIE)
           Always a pleasure to see you ma'am.

                          (BEAT)
           Hello, Hazel Grace.

           58.

                         

                          HAZEL
           Ok...?

                          GUS
           Ok.

                          HAZEL
           Ok.
          Frannie doesn't know what to make of any of that. She just
          says, when they stop and look at her:

                          FRANNIE
           Amsterdam!

                         

          EXT AIRPORT - ESTABLISHING
          A SKYCAP helps Hazel, Gus and Frannie with all their bags and
          equipment.

                         

          INT AIRPORT - MOMENTS LATER
          They wait in line for the security checkpoint. When it's
          Hazel's turn she unhooks the plastic nubbins from her nose.
          Gus places the oxygen tank on the conveyer belt.
          Hazel takes slow, careful steps through the metal detector.
          She seems determined to get through this without any help.
          But upon reaching the other side it's clear that even these
          few steps without oxygen were a struggle.
          Hazel holds on to the side of the conveyer belt to steady
          herself. As soon as her tank reappears she puts the cannula
          back in place. Still light-headed, Hazel closes her eyes and
          focuses on her breathing. She catches her mom looking at her,
          nervously.

                          HAZEL
           (with some difficulty)
           Amsterdam!

                         

          INT AIRPORT GATE - LATER
          Arriving at the Gate area they draw curious looks from the
          OTHER PASSENGERS: Hazel with her oxygen tank, Gus with his
          noticeable limp and Frannie helping with the equipment.
          A YOUNG COUPLE gets up so that Hazel and Gus can sit.

                          HAZEL
           Oh that's not necessary.
          But they give up their seats anyway. Hazel and Gus take them.
          We see various Passengers watching. Hazel ignores the
          attention until a LITTLE GIRL (6, cute braids) appears.

           59.

                         

                          LITTLE GIRL
           What's in your nose?

                          HAZEL
           It's called a Cannula. These tubes
           give me oxygen and help me breathe.
          The GIRL'S MOTHER swoops in, a little frantic.

                          GIRL'S MOTHER
           Jackie... Oh, I'm sorry.

                          HAZEL

                          (SINCERE)
           No, no. It's alright.

                          LITTLE GIRL
           Would they help me breathe too?

                          HAZEL
           I dunno. Wanna try?
          Hazel removes her cannula and let's the Little Girl try it.

                          LITTLE GIRL
           Tickles.

                          HAZEL
           Right?

                          LITTLE GIRL
           I think I'm breathing better.

                          HAZEL
           Well... I'd love to give you my
           cannula but... I kinda really need
           the help.
          The Little Girl nods, hands it back to Hazel, who quickly
          reattaches it.

                          LITTLE GIRL
           Thanks for letting me try it.
          They smile at each other before the Little Girl walks back to
          her family. She waves. Hazel waves back.

           AIRPORT ANNOUNCEMENT (O.S.)
           We will now begin pre-boarding
           Flight 144 to Amsterdam. For those
           passengers in need of extra
           assistance...

                          HAZEL
           I think that's us.

           60.

                         

          INT AIRPLANE - MOMENTS LATER
          Hazel sits in the middle with Frannie on the aisle and Gus at
          the window. He looks around, antsy.

                          HAZEL
           Have you never been on a plane
           before?
          Gus shakes his head, he has not. And he's nervous. He pulls a
          cigarette out of his pocket and puts it in his mouth. Within
          seconds a FLIGHT ATTENDANT rushes over.

                          FLIGHT ATTENDANT
           Sir, you can't smoke on this plane.
           Or... any plane.

                          GUS
           (cigarette in his mouth)
           I don't smoke.
          The Flight Attendant shoots him a look.

                          HAZEL
           It's a metaphor. He puts the
           killing thing in his mouth but
           doesn't give it the power to kill
           him.

                          FLIGHT ATTENDANT

                          (NO NONSENSE)
           That metaphor is prohibited on
           today's flight.
          Gus nods and puts the cigarette away.

                          PA SYSTEM
           "Flight attendants, prepare for
           departure."
          The engines roar to life and the plane accelerates towards
          take off. Gus is getting more worried by the second. He grabs
          the arm rest, his eyes wide.

                          HAZEL
           Ok?
          Gus doesn't say it back. Hazel laughs.

                          HAZEL
           This is what it feels like to ride
           in a car with you.
          Gus grabs Hazel's hand as the plane lifts off. He looks out
          the window - they're flying! - and then back to Hazel.

                          GUS
           We're flying! Look!
          Hazel smiles at his enthusiasm.

           61.

                         

                          GUS
           Holy -- look at that?! NOTHING HAS

           EVER LOOKED LIKE THAT EVER IN ALL

           OF HUMAN HISTORY!
          He's adorable at this moment. Hazel can't resist leaning over
          to give him a kiss on the cheek.

                          FRANNIE
           (not looking up from her

                          MAGAZINE)
           Just so you know, I'm right here.
           Sitting next to you. Your mother.

                          HAZEL
           We're just friends, Mom.

                          GUS
           She is. I'm not.
          Hazel shoots him a look. Gus shrugs - "what, it's the truth."
          Hazel just shakes her head. CUT TO:
          LATER. Mid-flight, the plane is dark, Frannie's asleep. Hazel
          and Gus watch the same gory action movie. Actually, he
          watches the movie. She just watches him watch it. He watches
          it with gusto.
          Hazel continues to watch him. Try as she might, she's falling
          in love. CUT TO:
          SFX: the PLANE touching down. CUT TO:

                         

          EXT/ INT AMSTERDAM HIGHWAY - TAXI CAB - MORNING
          Hazel, Gus, and Frannie ride in the back of a YELLOW CAB.

                          CAB DRIVER
           Americans?

                          FRANNIE
           We're from Indiana.

                          CAB DRIVER
           Indiana. They steal from the
           Indians but the keep the name, yes?
          Hazel and Gus share a look.

                          HAZEL
           Something like that.
          Meanwhile, the landscape outside is flat and dusty, with dirt
          tracks and the occasional concrete building. In other words,
          it looks more like Indianapolis than Holland.

                          HAZEL
           (to the Driver)
           This is Amsterdam?

           62.

                         

                          CAB DRIVER
           Yes and no. Amsterdam is like the
           rings of a tree. It gets older as
           you get closer to the center.
          Soon enough, the cab takes an off-ramp and turns a corner and
          suddenly, it's as if they're transported - not only to
          another universe but to another time as well.
          We see MULTI-COLORED ROW HOUSES lined on both sides of a
          windy CANAL. HOUSEBOATS float against the edges and everyone
          rides BICYCLES down cobblestone streets. They're astounded.

                         

          INT HOTEL - LATER
          Gus helps Hazel and Frannie bring their stuff into the room.
          We see a WICKER BASKET of gifts - presents from the Genies -
          welcoming their arrival. Hazel, exhausted, sits on the bed.

                          GUS
           I'll be right down the hall.
          Hazel nods, already drifting off to sleep. CUT TO:

                         

          INT HOTEL ROOM - HOURS LATER
          Some time later. Hazel stirs. Her Mom is seated in a sagging,
          paisley CHAIR across from the bed reading a TRAVEL GUIDE.

                          HAZEL
           Good morning.

                          FRANNIE
           Actually, it's five o'clock.

                          HAZEL
           How was the park?

                          FRANNIE
           Never made it.

                          HAZEL
           Mom!

                          FRANNIE
           What? I like watching you sleep.
          Hazel shoots Frannie a look. Even in an exotic city, her Mom
          still can't enjoy herself.

                          FRANNIE
           I promise I'll do crazy Mom stuff
           tonight while you and Gus are at
           dinner.

                          HAZEL
           What do you mean?

           63.

                         

                          FRANNIE
           You have reservations at a place
           called Oranjee. Mr. Van Houten set
           it up. Very fancy according to the
           Book. And romantic.

                          HAZEL
           Mom...

                          FRANNIE
           I'm just saying...

                          HAZEL
           A 16 year old girl running free
           with an older boy on the streets of
           a foreign city famous for its vice
           and debauchery... is totally cool
           with you. Is that what you're
           saying?

                          FRANNIE
           (beat, excited)
           Let's get you dressed!
          Hazel just shakes her head. CUT TO:

                         

          INT HOTEL ROOM - LATER
          Frannie opens the door to find Gus in a perfectly tailored
          BLACK SUIT, cigarette dangling from his mouth.

                          FRANNIE
           (calling to the bathroom)
           Hazel! Gus is here.

                          (TO GUS)
           Looking sharp.

                          GUS
           Thank you ma'am.
          A few beats later Hazel emerges from the bathroom. She wears
          a knee-length, pale blue SUNDRESS. And she looks...

                          GUS
           Wow.

                          HAZEL

           I...

                          (BEAT)
           Am I under-dressed?

                          GUS
           You look gorgeous.
          Gus offers Hazel his arm. She takes it. They're ready to go.

           64.

                         

          INT/EXT AMSTERDAM - ON THE TRAM - LATER
          Hazel and Gus ride the crowded tram through the city. ELM
          TREES line the canals, their pale petals blowing into the
          wind like a spring snowstorm.
          An OLD COUPLE stands to give up their seats - this happens
          all the time. Hazel again tries to protest and again it falls
          on deaf ears. She and Gus sit. They look out the window onto
          the city. Excited. The night just beginning.

                         

          EXT ORANJEE RESTAURANT - LATER
          At the edge of the canal, near an ancient bridge. Hazel and
          Gus are shown to a TABLE right next to the water.

                          HOSTESS
           Your table, Mr. And Mrs. Waters.
          Gus pulls out Hazel's chair for her. A WAITER brings them a
          bottle of CHAMPAGNE as they sit.

                          HOSTESS
           The champagne is our gift.
          Hazel and Gus look at each other. Is this a dream? The
          champagne is poured and Gus raises his glass.

                          GUS
           Ok.
          Hazel raises hers.

                          HAZEL
           Ok.
          They clink glasses and sip.

                          HAZEL
           Wow that's good.

                          WAITER
           Do you know what Dom Perignon said
           after he invented champagne?

                          (BEAT)
           `Come quickly,' he said. `I am
           tasting the stars!'
          Hazel and Gus smile.

                          WAITER
           Welcome to Oranjee. Would you like
           a menu or will you have the chef's
           choice?
          Gus looks at Hazel. She shrugs.

           65.

                         

                          GUS
           The chef's choice sounds lovely.
           (the Waiter nods)
           And can we get more of this?

                          WAITER
           We have bottled all the stars for
           you this evening, my young friends.
          The Waiter leaves. Hazel and Gus look at each other.

                          GUS
           Thank you for coming to Amsterdam.

                          HAZEL
           Thank you for letting me hijack
           your wish.

                          GUS
           Thank you for wearing that dress
           which is like whoa.
          Hazel shakes her head, trying not to smile but unable not to.
          The Waiter brings two more glasses of champagne and a plate:

                          WAITER
           Belgian white asparagus with a
           lavender infusion.
          Hazel takes a bite.

                          HAZEL
           Oh my god.

                          GUS
           Yeah?
          Gus takes a bite.

                          HAZEL
           I mean...

                          GUS
           That is just...

                          HAZEL
           There are no words.
          Meanwhile, down on the water a BOAT passes, filled with
          merry, drinking LOCALS. One of them raises a glass to them
          and says something in Dutch.

                          GUS

                          (SHOUTING BACK)
           We don't speak Dutch!

                          ANOTHER LOCAL
           She says, "the beautiful couple is
           beautiful!"

           66.

                         
          Hazel and Gus smile. This night could not be going any better
          so far. CUT TO:
          LATER. Hazel and Gus enjoying their second courses.

                          GUS
           I want this dragon carrot risotto
           to become a person so I can take it
           to Vegas and marry it.
          Hazel leans back in her chair, in need of a breather.

                          HAZEL
           I like your suit.

                          GUS
           Thanks. First time wearing it.

                          HAZEL
           That isn't the suit you wear to
           funerals?

                          GUS
           Oh no. That one's not nearly this
           nice.
           (off her look)
           When I first found out I was sick -
           I mean, they told me I had like an
           85% chance to be cancer-free. Great
           odds, sure. But that meant a year
           of torture, the loss of my leg, and
           still a 15% chance it might fail.

                          (BEAT)
           So right before the surgery I asked
           my parents if I could buy a suit,
           like a really nice suit, just in
           case I didn't make it.

                          HAZEL
           It's your death suit.

                          GUS
           That's what it is.

                          HAZEL
           I have one of those. Bought it for
           my 15th birthday. Don't think I'd
           wear it on a date, though.

                          GUS
           Are we on a date?

                          HAZEL
           (cocks her head)
           Watch it.
          Gus winks. CUT TO:
          LATER. Dessert on the table. As they euphorically eat:

           67.

                         

                          GUS
           God?

                          HAZEL
           Maybe.

                          GUS
           Angels?

                          HAZEL
           Undecided.

                          GUS
           Afterlife?

                          HAZEL
           No. Well...

                          (BEAT)
           Maybe I wouldn't go so far as to
           say no. I just... I'd like some
           evidence.

                          (GUS NODS)
           What do you think?

                          GUS
           Absolutely.

                          HAZEL
           Really?

                          GUS
           Oh for sure. I mean, not like a
           heaven where you ride unicorns,
           play harps, and live in a mansion
           made of clouds but, yeah, I believe
           in something.
          Hazel is surprised.

                          GUS
           Something becomes of us. It has to.
           Otherwise what's the point?

                          HAZEL
           Maybe there is no point.

                          GUS
           I refuse to accept that.

                          (BEAT)
           I won't accept it.
          Hazel thinks about it. She appreciates his conviction but is
          still not sure she agrees. The hand they've been dealt too
          unfair. Hazel looks out at the water as she says:

                          HAZEL
           I hope you're right.

                          GUS
           I'm in love with you.

           68.

                         
          That gets her attention.

                          GUS
           You heard me.

                          HAZEL

                          AUGUSTUS --

                          GUS
           I'm in love with you. And I know
           that love is just a shout into the
           void, and that oblivion is
           inevitable, and that we're all
           doomed and that there will come a
           day when all our labor has been
           returned to dust, and I know the
           sun will swallow the only earth
           we'll ever have, and I am in love
           with you.
           (shrugs, matter-of-fact)
           Sorry.
          At which point, the Waiter reappears.

                          WAITER
           More stars?
          Hazel is still too speechless to respond, her eyes fixed on
          Gus. Eventually Gus answers for them.

                          GUS
           Just the check, please.

                          WAITER
           No, sir.

                          (BEAT)
           Your meal has been paid for by Mr.
           Van Houten.
          Gus raises his eyebrows at Hazel. This Van Houten guy is
          something else.

                         

          EXT AMSTERDAM CANALS - LATER
          Hazel and Gus on a park bench, his arm around her, looking
          out over the water. Seeds blow from the elm trees and the
          reflections of the city ripple in the water below them.
          Hazel leans into his body, just a little. They stay like
          that, savoring the best night of both of their lives. CUT TO:

                         

          EXT AMSTERDAM - HOTEL - ESTABLISHING
          A crisp Spring morning in Amsterdam. The buzz in the air
          outside is equalled by the buzz in:

           69.

                         

          INT HOTEL ROOM - SAME
          Where Hazel excitedly paces through the room.

                          FRANNIE
           I really don't get that shirt.
          Hazel wears a screen print t-shirt of Magritte's "Ceci N'est
          Pas Une Pipe." (A painting of a pipe with words below that
          mean "This is not a pipe.")

                          HAZEL
           Van Houten will get it. Trust me.
           There are like fifty Magritte
           references in "Imperial
           Affliction."

                          FRANNIE

                          (READING)
           "This is not a pipe."

                          HAZEL
           Exactly.

                          FRANNIE
           But it is a pipe.

                          HAZEL
           No it's not. It's a drawing of a
           pipe. See?

                          (SHE DOESN'T)
           All representations of a thing are
           inherently abstract. A drawing of a
           thing is not the thing itself. Nor
           is a t-shirt of a drawing of a
           thing the thing itself.
          Frannie is still at a loss but she's impressed.

                          FRANNIE
           When did you get so grown up? I
           feel like it was yesterday I was
           telling 8-year old Hazel why the
           sky was blue. You thought I was a
           genius back then.

                          HAZEL
           Why is the sky blue?

                          FRANNIE

                          (BEAT)
           Because I say so.
          A knock on the door. Gus pokes his head in.

                          GUS
           Who's ready for some answers!

           70.

                         

          EXT. VONDELSTRAAT ROW HOUSES - LATER

          Gus and Hazel stand outside Van Houten's white house.

                          HAZEL
           I'm so excited I can barely
           breathe.

                          GUS
           As opposed to other days...?
          She playfully hits him. He takes her arm, picks up the oxygen
          tank, and up they go towards his front door.
          As they approach, there's a noticeable NOISE coming from
          inside the house. It's the deep thump of a BASS BEAT. Loud.
          Like, obnoxiously loud.
          Hazel grabs the brass ornament and knocks. They wait. There's
          no response.

                          GUS
           Maybe he can't hear over the music?
          Gus tries again, this time with more force. Still nothing. He
          tries a third time. Finally, the music stops. They wait.
          Still excited.
          A moment later the door swings open.
          It's a MAN IN PAJAMAS (60s), with a huge potbelly, thinning
          hair, and a week-old beard. All he says is:

           MAN IN PAJAMAS
           What?!
          Gus and Hazel look to one another. Could it be?

                          GUS
           Mr. Van Houten?
          At which point, the Pajama Man slams the door in their faces.
          Hazel and Gus are too stunned to react. Through the closed
          door, they hear this:

           MAN IN PAJAMAS (O.S.)

                          (SHOUTING)

           LEEE-DUH-VIGH!

           WOMAN'S VOICE (O.S.)
           Are they here, Peter?
          So it is PETER VAN HOUTEN. Gus and Hazel can't believe it.

           MAN IN PAJAMAS (O.S.)
           There are two --

                          (BEAT)
           Who the hell's "they?"

           71.

                         

           WOMAN'S VOICE (O.S.)
           They are Augustus and Hazel, the
           young fans with whom you've been
           corresponding.
          Gus and Hazel smile at hearing their names. Perhaps this will
          help things take a turn for the better.

           MAN IN PAJAMAS (O.S.)
           The Americans?

           WOMAN'S VOICE (O.S.)
           You invited them, remember?

           MAN IN PAJAMAS (O.S.)
           You know why I left America,
           Lidewij? To never have to encounter
           Americans. Get rid of them.
          Hazel and Gus can't believe it. This is terrible!

           WOMAN'S VOICE (O.S.)
           I will not do this Peter. Be nice.
          At which point, the door opens - opened by the Woman whose
          voice they'd been hearing - Van Houten's assistant LIDEWIJ
          (30s, Dutch, pretty in a bookish way). She virtually shoves
          Van Houten towards a stunned Gus and Hazel.
          And they are again face-to-face with Van Houten. One beat,
          two beats. No one knows what to say. Finally:

                          VAN HOUTEN
           Which of you is Augustus Waters?
          Gus raises his hand tentatively.
          Van Houten sizes them up. Without another word, he turns and
          walks inside - at least this time, leaving the door ajar.

                          LIDEWIJ
           Please. I am sorry. Come in.
          Hazel and Gus share one more awkward glance before Gus takes
          a step. Hazel follows. They walk:

                         

          INT VAN HOUTEN'S HOME - SAME
          Lidewij leads Gus and Hazel into a living room so sterile
          it's creepy. The walls are empty and white, there's a single
          couch, a small ottoman, and a single lounge chair. That's it.
          Van Houten sits in the chair.
          Off to the side are two large black garbage bags, full and
          twist-tied.

                          HAZEL
           Trash?

           72.

                         

                          LIDEWIJ
           Fan mail. 18 years worth. He never
           opens it.
          Van Houten kicks his feet up on the ottoman and crosses his
          slippers. He motions for them to sit on the couch.

                          VAN HOUTEN
           Yours are the first missives to
           which I've replied and look where
           that got me.
          Hazel and Gus take their seats.

                          VAN HOUTEN
           Scotch?

                          HAZEL
           Um, no thanks.

                          VAN HOUTEN
           Augustus Waters?

                          GUS
           It's 11am.

                          VAN HOUTEN
           Just me then, Lidewij. Scotch and
           soda.

                          LIDEWIJ
           Perhaps some breakfast first Peter?

                          VAN HOUTEN
           She thinks I have a drinking
           problem.

                          LIDEWIJ
           I also think the Earth is round.
          Nevertheless, Lidewij pours Peter half a glass and hands it
          to him. He takes a sip, then sits up straight.

                          VAN HOUTEN
           So you like my book.

                          HAZEL
           Yes. We - well, Augustus, he made
           meeting you his Wish so that we
           could come here and talk to you.
          Van Houten says nothing. Takes a long pull on his drink.

                          VAN HOUTEN
           Did you dress like her on purpose?

                          HAZEL
           (looks at her shirt)
           Kinda.

           73.

                         
          Van Houten says nothing to that.

                          VAN HOUTEN
           I do not have a drinking problem. I
           have a Churchillian relationship
           with alcohol: I can crack jokes and
           govern England and do anything I
           want to do. Except not drink.
          He glances over at Lidewij, who dutifully refills his glass.

                          GUS
           Incidentally, thank you for dinner
           last night.

                          VAN HOUTEN

                          (TO LIDEWIJ)
           We bought them dinner last night?

                          LIDEWIJ
           It was our pleasure.

                          VAN HOUTEN

                          (SIGHS)
           You've come a long way so... what
           is it I can do for you?

                          HAZEL
           We have some questions --

                          VAN HOUTEN
           Uh-huh...

                          HAZEL
           About what happens, you know...
           after... the end of your book.
           Specifically to those who Anna
           leaves behind. Like her Mom, the
           Dutch Tulip Man, Sisy --

                          VAN HOUTEN

                          (INTERRUPTING)
           How familiar are you with Swedish
           hip-hop?
          Hazel looks at Gus. Is he kidding?

                          HAZEL
           I would say... limited?

                          VAN HOUTEN
           But presumably you know Afasi Och
           Filthy's seminal album "Flacken."

                          GUS
           Um...

                          VAN HOUTEN
           Lidewij! Play `Bomfalleralla'
           immediately.

           74.

                         
          Lidewij sighs but she does as she's told. A few seconds
          later, some loud Swedish rap song blasts from the speakers.
          Hazel and Gus sit through this, totally baffled.

                          HAZEL
           (yelling over the music)
           I'm sorry, sir. We don't speak
           Swedish.

                          VAN HOUTEN

                          (YELLING)
           Who the hell speaks Swedish? The
           important thing is not what
           nonsense the voices are saying, but
           what the voices are feeling.
          The song continues another awkward ten seconds or so before
          Gus has enough. He gets up and turns off the music.

                          GUS
           Are you messing with us?

                          VAN HOUTEN
           Pardon?

                          GUS
           Is this some kind of performance?

                          VAN HOUTEN
           Rudolf Otto said that if you had
           not encountered the numinous then
           his work was not for you. And I say
           to you, my friends, if you cannot
           hear Afasi Och Filthy's bravadic
           response to fearfulness, then my
           work is not for you.
          Hazel is really getting worried at this point. They came all
          this way for this?

                          HAZEL
           So anyway... when the book ends,
           Anna's mom --

                          VAN HOUTEN
           (raising a hand to silence

                          HER)
           Let us imagine that you are racing
           a tortoise.
          Hazel and Gus fidget in their seats. Lidewij frowns, clearly
          feeling bad for them. Van Houten continues.

                          VAN HOUTEN
           The tortoise has a ten yard head
           start. In the time it takes you to
           run ten yards, the tortoise has
           moved maybe one yard. And so on,
           forever.

                          (MORE)

           75.

           VAN HOUTEN (CONT'D)
           You are faster than the tortoise
           but you can never catch him, you
           see, you can only decrease his
           lead. Now certainly you can run
           past the tortoise as long as you
           don't contemplate the mechanics
           involved but the question of how
           turns out to be so complicated that
           no one really solved it until
           Cantor's proof that some infinities
           are bigger than other infinities.
          Hazel and Gus have no idea how to respond.

                          VAN HOUTEN
           I assume that answers your
           questions.

                          GUS

                          (TO HAZEL)
           I don't know what's going on.

                          VAN HOUTEN
           And yet you seemed so intelligent
           in print, Mr. Waters.
           (under his breath)
           Must be all that cancer in your
           brain.

                          LIDEWIJ
           Peter!
          Gus could throw a punch right now. Hazel tries to calm the
          situation.

                          HAZEL
           Can we please, maybe, talk about
           Anna for a sec? I mean, I
           understand that the story ends mid-
           sentence because she dies or she
           becomes too sick to continue --

                          VAN HOUTEN
           I'm not interested in talking about
           that book.

                          HAZEL
           - but that doesn't mean her family
           and everyone she loves doesn't have
           a future, right?

                          VAN HOUTEN
           I said I'm not interested --

                          HAZEL

                          (GETTING UPSET)
           But you promised!

                          (CALMS HERSELF)

                          (MORE)

           76.

                          HAZEL (CONT'D)
           Mr. Van Houten, you said you would
           tell us what happens and that's why
           we're here. We... I need you tell
           me. Surely you've thought about it.
           I mean, as characters --

                          VAN HOUTEN
           Nothing happens to them! They're
           fictions. They cease to exist the
           moment the novel is over.
          This is not what Hazel came all this way to hear. She won't
          accept it.

                          HAZEL
           They can't!
           (again, has to calm

                          HERSELF)
           I mean, I understand. In a literary
           sense. But it's impossible NOT to
           imagine some future --

                          VAN HOUTEN
           I can't do this. Lidewij, get rid
           of them, please.
           (Lidewij doesn't move, he
           turns back to Hazel)
           I won't indulge your childish
           whims. I refuse to pity you in the
           manner in which you're accustomed.

                          HAZEL
           I don't want your pity --

                          VAN HOUTEN
           Of course you do. Like all sick
           kids, your existence depends on it.

                          LIDEWIJ
           Peter!

                          VAN HOUTEN
           (on a roll)
           You are fated to live out your days
           as the child you were when
           diagnosed, the child who believes
           there is life after a novel ends.
           And we, as adults, we pity this, so
           we pay for your treatments, for
           your oxygen machines. We give you
           food and water though you are
           unlikely to live long enough --

                          LIDEWIJ

           PETER!

                          VAN HOUTEN
           You are a side effect of an
           evolutionary process that cares
           little for individual lives.

                          (MORE)

           77.

           VAN HOUTEN (CONT'D)
           You are a failed experiment in
           mutation.

                          LIDEWIJ

           I RESIGN!
          Lidewij has tears in her eyes. Gus has balled his fists. But
          not Hazel. Van Houten's words have not phased her one bit.
          She rises from the couch.

                          HAZEL
           Hey listen douchepants. You're not
           gonna tell me anything I don't
           already know about illness. I need
           one thing and one thing only from
           you before I walk out of your life
           and that's for you to tell me what
           happens to your goddman characters!

                          VAN HOUTEN

                          (BEAT)
           I cannot tell you.

                          HAZEL
           Bullshit!

                          VAN HOUTEN
           I cannot --
          Van Houten goes to take a drink but...

                          HAZEL
           Make something up.
          ... Hazel smacks it right the fuck out of his hands,
          surprising everyone.
          After a beat:

                          VAN HOUTEN
           Lidewij. I'll have a martini
           please.

                          LIDEWIJ
           I have resigned.

                          VAN HOUTEN
           Oh don't be ridiculous.
          No one moves. Van Houten realizes he's alone in this.

                          VAN HOUTEN
           I'd like you to leave now.

                          HAZEL
           You're really not gonna tell us?

                          VAN HOUTEN
           I would like you... to leave.

           78.

                         
          Hazel is furious. Gus stands next to her, touches her arm is
          if to say "come on, enough of this guy." CUT TO:

                         

          EXT VAN HOUTEN'S HOUSE - SAME
          Gus and Hazel come out of the house, practically shaking. As
          they get to the street, Van Houten has one more thing to say.

                          VAN HOUTEN
           Have you ever stopped to ask why
           you care so much about your silly
           questions?
          A beat.

                          HAZEL
           Go fuck yourself.
          Van Houten doesn't have a response to that. He just shuts the
          door. And when he does, that's when Hazel gets emotional.

                          GUS
           Hey. It's ok. It's ok...
           (beat, an idea)
           I'll write you a sequel.
           (she cries harder)
           I will. Better than any shit that
           drunk could write. With blood and
           guts and sacrifice. You'll love it.
          Hazel nods, then wipes away tears. She fakes a smile and Gus
          gives her a hug. Afterwards:

                          HAZEL
           I spent your Wish on that asshole.

                          GUS
           You did not spend it on him. You
           spent it on us.
          They embrace once more.

                          HAZEL
           I wanted...

                          GUS
           I know... I know. Apparently the
           world is not a wish-granting
           factory.
          This gets a real smile from Hazel. That's when Lidewij comes
          outside. Clearly she's been crying too.

                          LIDEWIJ
           I'm so sorry. Circumstance has made
           him cruel. I thought meeting you
           would help him, if he would see
           that his work has shaped real
           lives, but... I'm very sorry.

           79.

                         
          Hazel says nothing. Gus holds her in a very protective way.

                          LIDEWIJ
           Perhaps we can do some sightseeing.
           Have you seen the Anne Frank House?

                          GUS
           I'm not going anywhere with that
           monster.

                          LIDEWIJ
           He is not invited.

                         

          EXT ANNE FRANK HOUSE - LATER
          Lidewij walks back from the ticket kiosk with more bad news.

                          LIDEWIJ
           I'm afraid there's no elevator.

                          HAZEL
           Oh, um, that's alright.

                          LIDEWIJ
           No, there are many stairs. Steep
           stairs.

                          HAZEL
           I can do it.

                          GUS

                          HAZEL --

                          HAZEL
           I can do it!
          Hazel is not going to stand for any more disappointments
          today. They are going inside. CUT TO:

                         

          INT ANNE FRANK HOUSE - GROUND FLOOR - MOMENTS LATER
          A VIDEO plays on a MONITOR showing the Nazi invasion of
          Holland. Hazel and Gus stand with Lidewij in a pack of
          BACKPACKERS and TRAVELERS about to take the tour. Many of
          them begin to walk up the first flight of stairs.

                          LIDEWIJ
           Shall we?
          Hazel nods. Both Hazel and Gus walk slowly up the stairs. So
          far so good. They find themselves in an office space.

                          LIDEWIJ
           This is the bookcase that hid the
           Frank family and four others.
          The BOOKCASE is half open. Behind it is an even steeper set
          of stairs, only wide enough for one person at a time.

           80.

                         
          Some of the Travelers begin to walk up the stairs. Gus looks
          at Hazel - are you sure we should continue? She begins the
          climb, determined. Lidewij trails behind, carrying her oxygen
          tank.
          Hazel moves very slowly. We are aware of her labored
          breathing the entire time.
          ANGLE ON OTHER TOURISTS, watching and quietly commenting.
          Just like at the airport, except now in foreign languages.
          Hazel arrives on the NEXT FLOOR - an empty room. She's
          definitely starting to struggle. She leans against the wall
          to catch her breath. Gus comes to her side, wipes her brow.

                          GUS
           You're a champion.
          Hazel smiles. When she's feeling up to it they walk into the
          next room, also empty. And another staircase, even more
          narrow and steep - practically a ladder. When Gus sees this
          he looks at Hazel:

                          GUS
           That's enough --

                          HAZEL

                          (RESOLUTE)
           I'm ok.
          Hazel very slowly begins the climb. Again we're aware of her
          every breath. It's dark. And it's becoming very difficult.
          Near the top Hazel stumbles but is finally able to pull
          herself through.
          Once there, she falls to the floor, slumping against the
          wall, trying to catch her breath. Gus crouches next to her.

                          GUS
           We're at the top. That's it.
          Hazel becomes aware that TOURISTS look at her with concern.
          She smiles, stands up, nothing to see here.
          And now they're in the final room - a long, narrow hallway.
          This is where Anne Frank and 7 other people lived in hiding
          for as long as they could. There's a TIME LINE detailing
          their story.

                          LIDEWIJ
           The only member of the whole family
           to survive was Otto, Anne's father.
          Gus takes Hazel's hand.

                          LIDEWIJ
           I don't know how you go on, without
           your family.

           81.

                         
          Lidewij stays behind to study part of the exhibit. Gus leads
          Hazel into the room at the end of the hallway where a VIDEO
          details the last days of Anne Frank's life. Over it, we hear
          a YOUNG GIRL's VOICE reading from the diary.
          The Travelers stand to watch and listen. Gus and Hazel do the
          same. The room is dark.

           GIRL'S VOICE (O.S.)
           "At such moment's, I don't think
           about the misery..."
          Gus and Hazel stand very closely together. The video is the
          cherry on top of a very emotional day. Hazel watches it.

           GIRL'S VOICE (O.S.)
           "...but about the beauty that still
           remains."
          Gus, meanwhile, is just watching Hazel, the same way she
          watched him on the airplane. After a beat, she catches him.
          Their eyes meet. The emotions build...

           GIRL'S VOICE (O.S.)
           "Try to recapture the happiness
           within yourself. Think of all the
           beauty in everything around you...
           and be happy."
          And Hazel KISSES Gus. A most passionate, intense, you-and-me-
          against-the-world kind of kiss, better than any they've
          experienced or could even imagine. It seems to last for a
          small eternity.
          Eventually, they break away and open their eyes. They quickly
          notice all the Travelers staring at them. For a brief second,
          they wonder if that was a very inappropriate thing to do...
          When suddenly everyone starts clapping for them, moved by the
          whole thing. One EUROPEAN even shouts "bravo!" Hazel blushes,
          Gus smiles, bows, he grabs her hand. CUT TO:

                         

          INT GUS'S HOTEL ROOM - LATER
          They fall onto Gus's bed, kissing. Hazel is very in the
          moment and now it's Gus who seems nervous. As they kiss:

                          GUS
           It's above my knee.
          She ignores him, more kissing. She takes off his shirt.

                          GUS
           It tapers a little and then it's
           just skin --

                          HAZEL
           What?

           82.

                         
          Hazel pulls away from him.

                          GUS
           My leg.

                          (BEAT)
           Just so you're prepared --

                          HAZEL
           Oh get over yourself.
          Hazel kisses him again. Now he tries to pull her shirt off
          but it gets tangled in with her oxygen tube. He can't figure
          it out. Eventually the whole thing is hilarious to them. They
          shake their heads - laughing - certainly not your typical
          Hollywood movie moment. And yet, for them:

                          HAZEL
           I love you, Augustus Waters.

                          GUS
           I love you too, Hazel Grace.
          They resume kissing. And we CUT TO:

                         

          INT HOTEL ROOM - MORNING
          Gus wakes up in the bed. He looks around for Hazel but she
          isn't there. On the bed is a piece of paper. A note.
          It reads: "Dearest Augustus..."
          Beneath that is a BIG CIRCLE, labeled "Virgins." And in that
          circle is a SMALLER SECOND CIRCLE labeled "17 year old dudes
          with one leg." We'll notice part of that circle is now
          outside the bigger circle. Gus flashes that signature smile.

                         

          EXT CAFE - DAY
          Hazel and Gus sit with Frannie drinking coffee in the sun at
          an outdoor cafe. They're re-enacting yesterday's events.

                          HAZEL
           "Get up you fat bastard."

                          GUS
           "I can't stand up, I'm too drunk."

                          HAZEL
           I said "get up."

                          GUS
           "Standing is for fools!"

                          HAZEL
           God, what an asshole.
          They both giggle at the whole thing.

           83.

                         

                          HAZEL
           It was awful, Mom. You can't
           imagine.

                          FRANNIE
           And then what happened?

                          HAZEL
           Then we went to the Anne Frank
           museum.

                          FRANNIE
           And after that?
          A quick glance between Hazel and Gus.

                          HAZEL
           We just... walked around.
          Hazel and Gus smile, thoroughly in love but trying to keep it
          in check in front of her Mother.

                          FRANNIE
           Sounds lovely.
          A few beats later.

                          FRANNIE
           Listen... I'm gonna stretch my legs
           a little. Give the two of you some
           time to talk.

                          HAZEL

                          (THAT'S WEIRD)
           Um... ok...
          As she stands up to leave, Hazel thinks she catches Gus and
          Frannie making eye contact for a brief second. Once Frannie
          has left them:

                          HAZEL
           That was weird.
          Gus doesn't respond except to say:

                          GUS
           Shall we?

                         

          EXT AMSTERDAM STREET - LATER
          They start to walk. Gus takes a cigarette out of his pack,
          sticks it between his lips. Hazel notices he's struggling
          with something.

                          HAZEL
           Augustus?

           84.

                         

                          GUS
           There's something I have to tell
           you...
          They walk in silence a few beats.

                          GUS
           Just before you went into the
           hospital... There was this... I
           felt this... ache in my hip.
          Hazel grabs onto his arm, a lump already forming.

                          HAZEL
           Oh no...
          Gus takes the cigarette out of his mouth, clenches his teeth
          tightly, trying not to cry.

                          GUS
           I had a PET scan.
          Gus sits down on a BENCH. Looks up at her. Tries to smile.
          Before he even says it, she knows.

                          GUS
           It lit up like a Christmas tree,
           Hazel...

                          HAZEL
           Oh god.

                          GUS
           The lining of my chest, my liver...
           everywhere.

                          HAZEL
           Oh my god no!
          Hazel loses it in that moment, falling on top of him, hugging
          him for dear life, her head in his lap.

                          HAZEL
           I'm so sorry, Augustus. I'm so so

                          SORRY --

                          GUS
           I'm sorry too --

                          HAZEL
           It's so unfair --

                          GUS
           I should have told you --

                          HAZEL
           It's so fucking unfair!
          A beat. Gus still trying not to cry.

           85.

                         

                          GUS
           Apparently the world is... not a
           wish-granting factory.
          And at that point, Gus lets it go, lets himself cry and be
          sad and feel awful.
          But just for a second. Then he shakes it off, pulls Hazel's
          face up to his, tries again to smile through the tears.

                          GUS
           Don't you worry about me, Hazel
           Grace. I'll find a way to hang
           around and annoy you for a long
           time.
          She hugs him, perhaps a little too tightly. He winces.

                          HAZEL
           Does it hurt?

                          GUS
           It's ok.

                          (BEAT)
           I'm ok.

                          HAZEL
           Ok.

                          GUS
           Ok.
          But of course it's not ok. Not by a mile.
          Hazel takes a moment to look at him, touches his cheek.

                          GUS
           What?

                          HAZEL
           I'm just... I'm very fond of you.
          He grabs her hand and holds it.

                          GUS
           I don't suppose you can forget
           about it, treat me like I'm not
           dying.

                          HAZEL
           I don't think you're dying,
           Augustus. You've just got a touch
           of cancer.
          Gus nods. Squeezes her hand.

                          GUS
           Would it be absolutely ludicrous to
           make out right now?

           86.

                         
          Hazel doesn't answer. She just kisses him, hard. And on the
          two of them, so in love, we CUT TO:

                         

          INT AIRPLANE - LATER
          Hazel lays on Gus's shoulder as he stares out the window,
          leaving Amsterdam behind.

                         

          INT INDIANAPOLIS AIRPORT - BAGGAGE CLAIM - DAY
          As they ride down the escalator, Hazel sees Michael standing
          amongst the livery drivers. He holds a sign that says -
          instead of someone's last name - "My Beautiful Family (and
          Gus)."
          Upon seeing them, he immediately starts to cry of course. He
          kisses his wife, gives Hazel a big hug. Gus goes to shake his
          hand but Michael hugs him as well. CUT TO:

                         

          INT HAZEL'S LIVING ROOM - THAT NIGHT
          Hazel sits with her father on the couch.

                          HAZEL
           Gus had a recurrence.

                          MICHAEL

                          (NODS)
           Mrs. Waters told us the night
           before you left.

                          (BEAT)
           I'm sorry Hazel.
          They sit for a beat. Tears form in Michael's eyes.

                          HAZEL
           You're not gonna say it?

                          MICHAEL
           What's that?

                          HAZEL
           The usual. "Everything happens for
           a reason..."
          Michael shakes his head.

                          MICHAEL
           I don't know, Haze.

                          (BEAT)
           I always thought being an adult
           meant knowing what you believe...

                          (BEAT)
           ... that has not been my
           experience.
          Hazel understands exactly. CUT TO:

           87.

                         

          INT GUS'S BASEMENT BEDROOM - DAY
          Gus lays in bed, eyes open, a PICC line now being fed through
          a port in his chest. Chemotherapy at work.
          Hazel and Isaac are keeping him company.

                          HAZEL
           How are your eyes?

                          ISAAC
           Great. Wonderful. I mean, they're
           not in my head is the only problem.

                          GUS
           I hate to one-up you but... seems
           my entire body is made out of
           cancer now, so...
          Isaac nods. Tries not to get emotional but it's happening. He
          goes to touch Gus's arm and accidentally touches his thigh.

                          GUS
           Whoa, I'm taken.
          Isaac laughs.

                          ISAAC
           (to Hazel, re: Gus)
           Did you write his eulogy yet?
          Hazel is confused.

                          GUS
           Dude.

                          ISAAC
           What?

                          GUS
           I haven't asked her.

                          ISAAC
           Oh.

                          (BEAT)
           Oops.

                          HAZEL
           What are you talking about?

                          ISAAC
           My bad.

                          HAZEL

                          (STILL CONFUSED)
           Augustus?
          Gus looks at her, grows a little serious.

           88.

                         

                          GUS
           I need speakers at my funeral. I
           thought maybe you and Isaac... but
           especially you --

                          ISAAC
           Hey!

                          GUS
           Would you be kind enough to whip
           something up?

                          HAZEL
           (touches his hand)
           It would be an honor.
          They hold holds.

                          ISAAC
           You guys are adorable.
          Hazel play slaps Isaac on the arm.

                          HAZEL
           How's your love life? Anything from
           Monica?

                          ISAAC
           Not a word.

                          HAZEL
           She hasn't even like, texted to ask
           how you're doing?
          He shakes his head. Gus gets an angry look on his face.

                          HAZEL
           That is so messed up!

                          ISAAC
           I've stopped thinking about it.
           Moving on. There's a new girl in
           Support Group with these humongous -
          Isaac gestures to his chest. Hazel is confused.

                          HAZEL
           How do you even know that?

                          ISAAC
           I'm blind but I'm not that blind.

                          GUS
           Hazel Grace!
          They turn to him.

                          GUS
           Do you happen to have four dollars?

           89.

                         
          No one knows what that means. CUT TO:

                         

          INT HAZEL'S CAR - LATER
          Gus is in the passenger's seat. Isaac sits in the back. Hazel
          returns to the car. With a CARTON OF EGGS.

                          HAZEL
           Ok now what?
          Gus smiles. CUT TO:

                         

          EXT SUBURBAN STREET - MOMENTS LATER
          Hazel, Gus, and Isaac lean against Hazel's car staring
          something down.

                          ISAAC
           Is it there?

                          GUS
           Oh it's there.
          REVEAL they're looking at Monica's green Firebird.

                          ISAAC
           She's in the house?

                          GUS
           Who cares where she is? This is not
           about her. This is about you.
           (sticks out his hand)
           Hazel...
          Hazel nods, opens the egg carton, hands Gus an egg. Gus puts
          it in Isaac's hands. Positions Isaac - who, of course, can't
          see a thing - towards the Firebird.
          Isaac winds up and tosses the EGG.
          It misses the car by a mile. After a beat:

                          ISAAC
           I didn't hear anything.

                          GUS
           A little to the left.

                          ISAAC
           My throw was to the left or I
           should aim to the left?

                          GUS
           Aim left.
          Isaac turns his shoulders.

           90.

                         

                          GUS
           Lefter.
          Isaac turns some more.

                          GUS
           Yes! Excellent! And throw hard.
          Gus hands him a SECOND EGG. Isaac winds up and hurls it -
          missing the car again but hitting the HOUSE.

                          GUS
           Bullseye!

                          ISAAC
           Really?

                          GUS
           No you missed it by like 20 feet.
           (hands him a THIRD)
           Try one more time.
          Isaac hurls it, this time smashing the car's taillight.
          Isaac's face lights up.

                          HAZEL
           Woo hoo!
          Isaac grabs for ANOTHER EGG. Throws it. Then ANOTHER. He's a
          throwing machine. Most of them miss but at least he's
          enjoying himself. Finally there's a DIRECT HIT on the car
          door, triggering the alarm. Isaac pauses.

                          GUS
           Keep throwing, keep throwing!
          Isaac does. Gus smiles, putting an unlit cigarette in his
          mouth. Hazel watches him, enjoying this moment.
          Eventually, MONICA'S MOM opens the front door and comes out.

                          MONICA'S MOM
           What in God's name --
          Seeing Hazel, Gus, and Isaac, she stops in her tracks.

                          GUS
           Are you Monica's mom?

                          MONICA'S MOM

                          (CONFUSED)
           I am.

                          GUS
           Hello ma'am. Your daughter has done
           an injustice and we've come here
           seeking revenge. We may not look
           like much. Between the three of us,
           we have five legs, four eyes, and
           two and a half working lungs.

                          (MORE)

           91.

                          GUS (CONT'D)
           But we also have two dozen eggs. So
           If I was you, I would go back
           inside.
          Monica's Mom is very confused. A beat. Without another word,
          she turns and goes back inside. The three of them celebrate.
          As Isaac picks up where he left off, Hazel gently kisses Gus
          on the cheek. And over we hear:

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           A few days later, Gus landed in the
           hospital with chest pains.

                         

          INT HOSPITAL - WAITING ROOM - DAY
          Hazel bounds in to find Mrs. Waters in the waiting room. She
          stands to hug Hazel. They both sit down.

                          HAZEL
           How's he doing?

           MRS. WATERS
           He's had a tough night, Hazel. His
           blood pressure's low. His heart --
          Mrs. Waters starts to cry.

                          HAZEL
           What about the chemo?

           MRS. WATERS
           (shakes her head)
           They're gonna stop the chemo.
          They both know what that means. Mrs. Waters gathers herself.

                          HAZEL
           Can I see him?

           MRS. WATERS

                          (BEAT)
           We have to be a family now.
          Hazel nods. She understands.

           MRS. WATERS
           We'll tell him you were here.

                          HAZEL
           If you don't mind, I'll just hang
           for a while.
          Mrs. Waters nods, hugs her again, walks out through the heavy
          doors towards Gus's room. Hazel sits in the chair. Same chair
          Gus sat in while waiting for her. They've switched places.

           92.

                         

          EXT INDIANAPOLIS MUSEUM OF ART - DAY
          Hazel pushes Gus, now confined to a WHEELCHAIR, to their spot
          on the hill overlooking "Funky Bones." A second picnic, this
          time with champagne. Hazel pours some for them both into
          little Winnie the Pooh cups. She's trying to be upbeat - but
          it's difficult. Gus watches the kids play on the bones.

                          HAZEL
           What are you thinking about?

                          GUS
           Oblivion.

                          HAZEL
           Augustus...

                          GUS
           I know it's kid's stuff but... I
           always thought I'd have a grand
           story to tell, you know? Something
           that would run in all the papers. I
           always thought I was special.

                          HAZEL
           You are.

                          GUS
           Yeah but... you know what I mean.
          Hazel, annoyed finishes her cup, tosses it to the side. Gus
          can tell he's said something wrong.

                          GUS
           What?

                          HAZEL
           I do know what you mean, I just...
           I don't agree.
          Hazel stands up, anger building.

                          HAZEL
           This obsession with being

                          REMEMBERED --

                          GUS
           Don't get mad --

                          HAZEL
           But I am mad!

                          (BEAT)
           I think you're special, is that not
           enough?

                          GUS

                          HAZEL --

           93.

                         

                          HAZEL
           You think the only way to live a
           meaningful life is for everyone to
           love you, for everyone to remember
           you. Well guess what, Gus, this is
           your life. This is all you get. You
           get me, and your family, and this
           world. And if that's not enough,
           well I'm sorry, but it's not
           nothing. Cause I'll remember you,
           I'll love you --

                          GUS
           You're right --

                          HAZEL
           And I just wish... I just wish
           you'd be happy with that.

                          GUS
           You're right. I'm sorry.
           (pulling her back down)
           I'm sorry.
          Gus hands Hazel another Winnie the Pooh cup. Raises his to
          hers in a toast.

                          GUS
           It's a good life, Hazel Grace.
          She softens. They toast.

                          HAZEL
           It's not over yet, you know.
          Gus nods. Of course it isn't. And yet they both know there
          isn't much time. CUT TO:

                         

          INT HAZEL'S BEDROOM - ANOTHER NIGHT
          Hazel is asleep. Suddenly, her phone buzzes. She looks at it -
          "Gus" - then she looks at the clock - 2:35am. A pit grows in
          her stomach. A quick panicked beat before she answers:

                          HAZEL
           Hello?

           GUS (O.S.)

                          (WEAKLY)
           Hazel Grace.

                          HAZEL

                          (RELIEVED)
           Oh, thank God. Hi. Hi, I love you!

           GUS (O.S.)
           I'm at the gas station --

           94.

                         

                          HAZEL
           What?

           GUS (O.S.)
           Something's wrong. You gotta...
           please come help me.

                         

          INT/ EXT HAZEL'S CAR - MOMENTS LATER
          Hazel drives like a maniac down the street, eventually
          finding herself at the Speedway gas station.
          Gus's car is alone in the parking lot and she pulls up next
          to it. She gets out of her car, opens his driver's side door,
          and finds him sitting there, his shirt stained with vomit and
          blood. She gags from the smell.

                          GUS

                          (MUMBLING)
           Hi.
          Hazel looks down at his hands which are pressed tightly to
          his belly. She sees something is leaking from the TUBE
          sticking out of it.

                          HAZEL

                          (PANICKED)
           Oh, God, Augustus, I'm calling 911.

                          GUS
           No! Please! Hazel, listen to me. Do
           not call 911 or my parents -- I'll
           never forgive you -- Don't, please.
          Gus starts to cry.

                          GUS
           Please just look at it.
          Hazel lifts up his shirt. His ABDOMEN is bright red.

                          HAZEL
           I think it's infected...
          Hazel feels his forehead, he's burning up.

                          HAZEL
           Gus, what the -- why are you here?
           Why aren't you home?
          Gus throws up. He doesn't even have the energy to turn his
          mouth away from his lap.

                          HAZEL
           Oh, sweetie...

                          GUS
           I wanted to buy some cigarettes. I
           lost my pack. Or they took it.

                          (MORE)

           95.

                          GUS (CONT'D)
           I don't know. They said they'd get
           me another one but I wanted... to
           do it myself. Do one little thing
           myself.
          Hazel doesn't know what to do.

                          HAZEL
           I can't fix this. I have to call
           someone. I'm sorry.

                          GUS
           No, Hazel, please!
          But she must. She gets out her cell phone and dials. At which
          point, Gus really loses it, weeping like the poisoned, dying
          teenage boy that he is. As Hazel dials, we hear:

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           I wish I could say Augustus Waters
           kept his sense of humor till the
           end, did not for a moment waiver in
           his courage and his spirit soared
           like an eagle to the sky...

                          GUS
           (to himself, shaking)
           I hate myself I hate myself I hate
           this I hate this...

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           ...but that is not what happened.
          LATER. An EMT loads Gus into the back of an AMBULANCE. Hazel
          is allowed to ride with him in the back. As the car starts
          moving, Gus grabs her hand.

                          GUS
           Read me something.

                          HAZEL
           Read you something?

                          GUS
           Do you know any poems?

                          HAZEL
           I know one.

                          GUS
           Read it to me.

                          HAZEL
           "The Red Wheelbarrow" by William
           Carlos Williams.
           (beat, tries to remember)
           "So much depends / upon / a red
           wheel / barrow / glazed with rain /
           water / beside the white /
           chickens."

           96.

                         

                          GUS

                          (BEAT)
           Is that it?
          That is it. But there's another ten minutes of driving to do.
          Hazel thinks fast.

                          HAZEL
           No of course not. Um... what
           else...

                          (THINKS)
           so much depends/ upon a blue sky/
           cut open by the branches/ of the
           trees./ So much depends/ on the
           transparent G-tube/ erupting from
           the belly/ of the blue-lipped boy.
          Gus smiles, weakly, barely conscious. Hazel cradles his head
          in her arms. And continues...

                          HAZEL
           So much depends upon this observer/
           of the universe...
          As Gus is drifting off to sleep, WE HEAR:

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           One of the less bull-shitty
           conventions of the cancer genre is
           the convention known as the "Last
           Good Day..."

                         

          EXT GUS'S HOUSE - ANOTHER DAY
          Gus comes home from the hospital. He does not look good - but
          he lives. Hazel is there to help get him inside.

                         

          INT GUS'S HOUSE - ANOTHER DAY
          Gus no longer sleeps in his basement. Nor does he sleep in
          his own bed. He sleeps in a HOSPITAL BED set up in a guest
          room. Hazel is with him. They're watching sports on TV.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           This is where the victim of cancer
           finds himself unexpectedly with
           some hours...

                         

          EXT GUS'S BACKYARD PORCH - ANOTHER DAY
          Hazel and Gus getting some fresh air. She sits there reading
          a book. Gus just sits there. His eyes staring off into
          nothing. Hazel waves to him. Gus looks over, as if waking
          from a dream. She manages a smile. He manages one back.

           97.

                         

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           ... when it seems like the
           inexorable decline has suddenly
           plateaued, when the pain is for a
           minute bearable.

                         

          INT HAZEL'S DINING ROOM - ANOTHER DAY
          Hazel sits at dinner with her parents. She is barely touching
          her food.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           The problem, of course, is that
           there's no way of knowing that your
           last good day is your "Last Good
           Day." At the time, it's just
           another decent day.
          The phone buzzes and Hazel answers it.

                          HAZEL
           Hi, Augustus.

           GUS (O.S.)
           Good evening, Hazel Grace.
          His voice is strong today, and Hazel is happy to hear it.

           GUS (O.S.)
           Quick question for you. Did you
           ever write that eulogy I asked you
           to prepare?

                          HAZEL
           I may have...

                          GUS
           Excellent. Do you think you could
           find yourself at the Literal Heart
           of Jesus in 20 minutes.

                          HAZEL
           Um... sure. Is everything --

           GUS (O.S.)
           I love you Hazel.
          The call ends. Hazel, confused, stands to go.

                          HAZEL
           I gotta go.

                          FRANNIE
           Finish eating first.

                          HAZEL
           I can't, I have to meet Gus.

           98.

                         

                          FRANNIE
           You haven't eaten a thing.

                          HAZEL
           I'm not hungry.

                          FRANNIE
           You can't not eat, Hazel.

                          HAZEL
           I am aggressively unhungry, ok?

                          MICHAEL

                          HAZEL --

                          HAZEL
           I have to go.

                          FRANNIE
           Sit down.

                          HAZEL
           No!

                          MICHAEL
           Hazel, listen to your mother.
          Hazel tries to push past her but Frannie grabs her shoulders.

                          FRANNIE
           You have to eat, Hazel. You're not
           gonna starve yourself to death just
           because Gus is sick. You have to
           stay healthy --

                          HAZEL
           I can't! I can't stay healthy
           because I'm not healthy, Mom. I am
           dying. I am going to die and leave
           you here alone and you won't have
           me to hover around and you won't be
           a mother anymore, and I'm sorry,
           but I can't do anything about it,
           ok?! Just leave me alone!
          Upon seeing her mother's face change, Hazel immediately
          regrets this.

                          FRANNIE
           You heard me?
          Frannie has tears in her eyes. Hazel looks away, feeling
          terrible.

                          FRANNIE
           You heard me say that to your
           father?
          Frannie sits down on the couch with her daughter.

           99.

                         

                          FRANNIE
           Oh god, sweetie. I'm sorry. I was
           wrong, ok? It wasn't true. It's not
           something I believe.
          Michael sits across from them.

                          FRANNIE
           As long as either of us is alive, I
           will be your mother. Even if you
           die, I --

                          HAZEL
           When.

                          FRANNIE
           Even when you die, I will still be
           your mother. I will always be your
           Mother.
          By now Michael is crying too. They all are.

                          HAZEL
           I worry that you won't have a life.
           That you'll sit around all day with
           no me to look after and stare at
           the walls and be miserable or off
           yourselves or something.

                          FRANNIE
           We're not gonna off ourselves. It's
           gonna hurt like hell to lose you

                          BUT --

                          MICHAEL
           Hazel. You of all people know it's
           possible to live with pain.
          She takes that in. It rings true to her. Hazel nods.

                          FRANNIE
           I don't just sit around, you know.
          Hazel is confused. Frannie looks at Michael like, "should I
          say something?" She goes for it.

                          FRANNIE
           I'm taking some classes. Online. To
           get my master's in social work.

                          HAZEL
           You are?
          Hazel is stunned.

                          HAZEL
           So when you're waiting for me
           outside Support Group or whatever,
           you're always --

           100.

                         

                          FRANNIE
           Working or reading. If I get my
           MSW, I can council families in
           crisis or lead groups dealing with

                          ILLNESS --

                          HAZEL
           Why didn't you tell me?
          Frannie and Michael don't quite know what to say.

                          MICHAEL
           We didn't want you to feel

                          ABANDONED --

                          HAZEL
           Are you kidding? Mom, this is
           awesome! This is fantastic! Oh my
           god!
          Hazel grabs her Mom for a hug.

                          HAZEL
           I'm so excited! You're gonna be so
           great, Mom!

                          FRANNIE
           Thank you. That means everything to
           me.
          Mom and Daughter hug. And when it's over:

                          FRANNIE
           I'd still really like you to eat.

                          HAZEL
           I know Mom. And I will. I promise.
           But right now... I really gotta go.

                         

          INT CHURCH - LATER
          Hazel enters the Literal Heart of Jesus room which is now
          empty except for Isaac, up on a dais, and Gus, in his
          wheelchair. Gus is thinner than we've ever seen him, thinner
          than any young man should be. But for now, he's happy.

                          GUS
           Hazel Grace, you look ravishing.

                          HAZEL
           I know, right?

                          (BEAT)
           So, um, what's going on guys?

                          ISAAC
           You're late.

                          HAZEL
           Late for what exactly?

           101.

                         
          Gus gestures for her to sit next to him and she does.

                          GUS
           I wanted to attend my funeral. By
           the way, will you speak at my
           funeral?
          Hazel looks at him like "of course, silly" and then kisses
          him on the mouth.

                          GUS
           Sweet. I'm hopeful I'll get to
           attend as a ghost, but just to make
           sure, I thought I'd - well, not to
           put you on the spot, but I thought
           I'd arrange a pre-funeral.

                          HAZEL
           Why now?

                          GUS
           No time like the present.

                          HAZEL
           (looks around the room)
           How did you even get in here?

                          GUS
           Would you believe they leave the
           door open at night?

                          HAZEL
           Um, no.

                          GUS
           As well you shouldn't.
          He smiles and for a brief moment it's old Gus. Hazel laughs.
          Isaac clears his throat.

                          ISAAC
           "Augustus Waters was a self-
           aggrandizing bastard. But we
           forgive him. We forgive him... not
           because he had a heart as
           figuratively good as his actual one
           sucked, or because he got 18 years
           when he should have gotten more."

                          GUS

           17.

                          ISAAC
           I'm assuming you've got some time,
           you interrupting bastard! I mean
           seriously...
           (back to the speech)
           "Augustus Waters talked so much
           that he'd interrupt you at his own
           funeral. And he was pretentious.

                          (MORE)

           102.

                          ISAAC (CONT'D)
           Sweet Jesus that kid never took a
           piss without pondering the
           resonances of human waste
           production. And he was vain. But
           that comes with superhuman
           handsomeness."
          Gus nods - that part is true.

                          ISAAC
           "But I will say this: when the
           scientists of the future show up at
           my house with robot eyes and they
           tell me to try them on, I will tell
           the scientists to piss off, because
           I don't even want to see a world
           without Augustus Waters."
          Hazel smiles - but it's one that triggers an immediate
          emotional waterfall.

                          ISAAC
           "And then, of course, having made
           my rhetorical point, I will put my
           robot eyes on because, I mean...
           robot eyes!"
          Gus has a big smile on his face.

                          ISAAC
           "So anyway, Augustus, my friend...
           Godspeed."
          Gus nods a couple times.

                          GUS
           Thank you Isaac.
          This causes Isaac to lose it. He clings to the lectern.

                          ISAAC
           Goddamn it, Gus.

                          GUS
           Hey don't swear in the Literal
           Heart of Jesus.

                          ISAAC
           Shit! Ass! Balls!
          Isaac sighs. Wipes away the tears. And another beat passes.

                          ISAAC
           Can I get a hand here, Hazel?
          Hazel remembers Isaac can't see. She rises, goes up to get
          him, walks him back to her seat.

                          GUS
           Hazel Grace, it's down to you.

           103.

                         
          Hazel takes out a piece of paper, walks up to the dais. Takes
          a beat to ready herself.

                          HAZEL
           "Augustus Waters was the great star-
           crossed love of my life. Ours was
           an epic love story, and I won't be
           able to get more than a sentence
           into it without disappearing into a
           puddle of tears.

                          (BEAT)
           Like all real love stories - ours
           will die with us, as it should. I'd
           hoped that he'd be eulogizing me,
           because there's no one I'd rather
           have..."
          And that's all she can get out before falling apart. She lets
          it out for a couple beats and then pulls herself together.

                          HAZEL
           (beat, composing herself)
           "I can't talk about our love story
           so instead I will talk about math.
           I am not a mathematician, but I
           know this: there are infinite
           numbers between 0 and 1. There's .1
           And .12 And .112 And an infinite
           collection of others. Of course,
           there is a bigger infinite set of
           numbers between 0 and 2, or between
           0 and a million. Some infinities
           are bigger than other infinities. A
           writer we used to like taught us
           that. I want more numbers than I'm
           likely to get, and God, I want more
           numbers for Augustus Waters than he
           got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot
           tell you how thankful I am for our
           little infinity. You gave me a
           forever within the numbered days,
           and for that I am eternally
           grateful. I love you."
          Gus smiles, nods, and closes his eyes. CUT TO:

           BLACK.
          Over which we hear a RINGING TELEPHONE.

                         

          INT HAZEL'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
          Hazel turns on the LIGHT by her bed. Her HOUSE PHONE is
          ringing and it's 4am.
          She knows instantly.

           104.

                         

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           Augustus Waters died eight days
           later in the ICU...
          Hazel's head falls into her chest.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           ... when the cancer, which was made
           of him, stopped his heart, which
           was also made of him.
          Her bedroom door opens. It's Frannie and Michael. This only
          confirms her worst fears. She starts to cry. Her parents
          embrace her in the bed.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           It was unbearable. The whole thing.
           Every second worse than the last.

                         

          EXT HAZEL'S HOUSE - DRIVEWAY - SAME
          Hazel sits in the car in the dark. She's blaring the loudest
          music she can possibly blare - a means of drowning out the
          horrors of the world. Over which we hear this:

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           One of the first things they ask
           you in the ER is to rate your pain
           on a scale from 1 to 10. I'd been
           asked this question hundreds of
           times and I remember once, early
           on, when I couldn't catch my breath
           and it felt like my chest was on
           fire, and the nurse asked me to
           rate the pain and though I couldn't
           speak, I held up 9 fingers.
          The loud music isn't protecting Hazel as well as she hoped.
          She falls apart nonetheless.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           Later on, when I'd been feeling
           better, the nurse came in and she
           called me a fighter. "You know how
           I know," she said. "Because you
           called a ten a nine."

                         

          INT HAZEL'S BEDROOM - ANOTHER MORNING
          Hazel puts on her funeral dress. She looks in the mirror.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           But that wasn't the truth. The
           reason I called it a nine was... I
           was saving my ten.

           105.

                         

          INT CHURCH - DAY
          The place is filled today with mourners for Augustus Waters.
          Hazel comes in with her parents and stands in the back,
          watching people she's never seen before approach the Waters
          family and extend their deepest condolences.

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           And this was it. The great and
           terrible ten.
          When Mr. and Mrs. Waters see Hazel, they open their arms.

           MRS. WATERS
           He loved you so much.
          Hazel nods. Hugs them back.

                          HAZEL
           He loved you so much too.
          More MOURNERS approach the family, leaving Hazel stranded in
          the receiving line. Her eyes turn towards the COFFIN. She's
          not entirely sure she wants to go there but she takes a deep
          breath, wills herself to walk towards it.
          Gus is there in the same suit he wore to Oranjee.
          Immediately, Hazel breaks down. And immediately, she catches
          herself.

                          HAZEL
           It's ok, you hear me? It's ok.
          She leans forward and kisses his cheek. She looks around.
          Once in the clear, she pulls out a hard pack of Camel Lights
          and sticks them in the space between Gus and the lining of
          the coffin. A MINISTER approaches at that moment.

                          MINISTER
           I think we're ready to begin.
          Hazel nods and walks back to her parents, taking her seat in
          the middle of the room.

                          MINISTER
           Augustus Waters fought hard for
           many years. His battle was a
           courageous one and his strength was
           a source of inspiration for each
           and every one of us...
          Hazel frowns. This is all such bullshit. And she hears:

                          MALE VOICE
           What a load of shit, eh kid?
          Hazel recognizes that voice. But it doesn't make sense. She
          turns around and, sure enough, it's Peter Van Houten.

           106.

                         

                          MINISTER
           Let us pray.
          Everyone clasps their hands, closes their eyes. Hazel keeps
          staring at Van Houten, too shocked to do a thing.

                          VAN HOUTEN
           We need to fake pray now.
          Van Houten bows his head. Hazel, still stunned, slowly turns
          back to the Minister, trying to make sense of this unexpected
          appearance.

                          MINISTER
           Now I call on Augustus's close
           friend Isaac to say a few words.
          Isaac stands, walks up to the podium with someone's help.
          Hazel sneaks one more look at Van Houten. Yup, it's really
          him. That makes no sense to her. Isaac starts to speak.

                          ISAAC
           Of all the things I've lost in my
           life, this hurts the most.
          And Isaac stops talking. It's unclear if that was the end or
          if he just can't go on. He returns to his seat. The Minister
          walks back up.

                          MINISTER
           And now we'll hear from Gus's...
           special friend Hazel Lancaster.
          Hazel stands, walks up to the podium. A few titters in the
          room at the words "special friend."

                          HAZEL
           I was his girlfriend.
          Some laughter from the crowd. She takes out her notes.

                          HAZEL
           There's a beautiful quote in Gus's
           home that reads "if you want the
           rainbow, you gotta deal with the
           rain."
          Hazel continues to speak but we over it, WE HEAR instead:

           HAZEL (V.O.)
           I didn't believe a word, of course.
           But that was ok. Funerals, I'd
           decided, aren't for the dead.
           They're for the living.
          Gus's Parents, arm in arm, nod along with every word. CUT TO:

           107.

                         

          EXT CEMETARY - DAY
          Everyone is watching Gus's body be lowered into the ground.
          Everyone but Hazel. She looks off into the distance.
          Off to the side, we see Van Houten, also not watching the
          burial. He's watching Hazel. CUT TO:
          LATER. Ceremony over, we see Hazel with her parents.

                          HAZEL
           I'll be fine.

                          FRANNIE
           Are you sure? We can drive you --

                          HAZEL
           No, I'd... I'd like to be alone for
           a while.
          Hazel hugs Mom and Dad, walks alone towards the parking lot.
          As she gets to the car, Van Houten approaches.

                          VAN HOUTEN
           Could I hitch a ride?
          Hazel doesn't want to help this man.

                          VAN HOUTEN
           Just to the bottom of the hill.
          Hazel exhales. Fine. Once they're both in the car:

                          HAZEL
           How did you even --

                          VAN HOUTEN
           The internet.

                          HAZEL
           And you just... bought a ticket?

                          VAN HOUTEN
           The drinks are free drinks in First
           Class.
          Van Houten removes a FLASK from his coat pocket. Takes a
          swig. Hazel shakes her head in disgust. Starts driving.

                          VAN HOUTEN
           Omnis Cellula e cellula.
          Hazel ignores him.

                          VAN HOUTEN
           Your boy Waters and I corresponded
           quite a bit in his last --

                          HAZEL
           You read your fan mail now?

           108.

                         

                          VAN HOUTEN
           I would hardly call him a fan. He
           despised me. But he was quite
           insistent I attend his funeral and
           tell you what became of Anna and
           her mother. So here I am and that's
           your answer: omnis cellula e
           cellula.

                          HAZEL
           I'm so not in the mood --

                          VAN HOUTEN
           "Life comes from life."

                          HAZEL
           Goodbye Mr. Van Houten.

                          VAN HOUTEN
           You don't want an explanation?

                          HAZEL
           Nope. Thanks though. Have a great
           life.

                          VAN HOUTEN
           You remind me of her.

                          HAZEL

                          (BEAT)
           I remind a lot of people of a lot
           of people.

                          VAN HOUTEN
           She was eight, my daughter. She
           suffered... beautifully. For so
           long.
          Hazel starts to understand Van Houten - and softens.

                          HAZEL
           She had leukemia? Like Anna?

                          VAN HOUTEN
           Just like her, yes.

                          HAZEL
           Were you married then?

                          VAN HOUTEN
           Not when she died, no. I was
           insufferable long before Anna, my
           dear. Grief doesn't change you,
           Hazel, it reveals you.
          Hazel takes that in.

                          HAZEL
           Well I'm sorry for your loss.

           109.

                         

                          VAN HOUTEN
           And I'm sorry for yours. I'm sorry
           for everything, for being so rude
           to you two, for ruining your trip --

                          HAZEL
           You didn't ruin our trip, you
           asshole. We had an awesome trip.

                          VAN HOUTEN
           Hazel, I'm trying. I'm trying! You
           asked me to tell you what happens
           and I wish I could do that. I wish
           that I could. But I can't. No one
           can. No one knows, Hazel. They
           don't talk to us. Unless...
          Van Houten takes out a typed piece of paper. He hands it to
          Hazel who grabs it - and immediately crumples it into a ball.

                          HAZEL
           You think I care about that? I
           don't give a shit, Van Houten.
          Hazel throws the piece of paper at Van Houten.

                          HAZEL
           You're a drunk and a jerk and a
           failure. And I'd like you to get
           out of my car right now so I can go
           home and grieve.

                          VAN HOUTEN

                          (STUNNED)

                          BUT --

                          HAZEL
           Get out of the car!
          Van Houten knows he's too late. He does as he's told,
          stepping out of the car onto the side of the road. He stands
          there as Hazel peels out.
          In the rearview mirror, she sees him raise the FLASK, as if
          toasting her. She blinks away some tears and drives. CUT TO:

                         

          INT HAZEL'S LIVING ROOM - DAY
          Hazel lies in front of the TV. "Top Model" is playing but
          she's lost in her own world. Tears fall from her eyes and she
          can't do anything to stop it. Hazel gets up.

                         

          INT BATHROOM - CONTINUOUS
          Hazel sits against the tub on the floor and weeps. Soon
          there's a knock.

           110.

                         

                          HAZEL

                          (THROUGH TEARS)
           Occupada.

           MICHAEL (O.S.)
           Can I come in?
          Hazel leans over and unlocks the door. Michael kneels down
          next to her, putting her head on his shoulder.
          Hazel presses her face into his shirt and cries some more.
          Michael squeezes her tightly. And this time, he doesn't cry.

                          MICHAEL
           I'm so so sorry.

                          (BEAT)
           It was a privilege to love him,
           though, wasn't it?
          Hazel nods into his shirt. Then looks up at her Dad.

                          MICHAEL
           Gives you an idea how we feel about
           you.
          Michael smiles at Hazel. And he doesn't cry. Hazel draws
          strength from him.

                         

          EXT ISAAC'S HOUSE - NIGHT
          Hazel and Isaac have climbed through his open bedroom window.
          They sit on the roof.

                          ISAAC
           Do you know if it hurt or whatever?

                          HAZEL
           He was really fighting for breath,
           I guess. He eventually went
           unconscious, but it seems like,
           yeah, it wasn't great or anything.
           Dying sucks.

                          ISAAC

                          (LONG BEAT)
           It just seems so impossible.

                          HAZEL
           Happens all the time.

                          ISAAC
           Are you angry?

                          HAZEL
           Very.

           111.

                         

                          ISAAC
           Me too.
           (a few beats)
           Gus really loved you, you know.

                          HAZEL
           I know.

                          ISAAC
           He wouldn't shut up about it.

                          HAZEL
           I know.

                          ISAAC
           It was annoying.

                          HAZEL
           I didn't find it that annoying.
          They sit there in silence a few beats.

                          ISAAC
           Did you read the note or whatever
           from your author friend?

                          HAZEL
           He is not my friend and -- how do
           you know about that?

                          ISAAC
           We talked at the cemetery. Said he
           came all this way to give you that.

                          HAZEL
           Yeah well I'm over it. I never want
           to read another word of that
           asshole's again.

                          ISAAC
           Yeah but he didn't write it - Gus
           did.

                          HAZEL

                          (STUNNED)
           What?

                          ISAAC
           That's what he said. Gus had
           written something, sent it to Van

                          HOUTEN --
          Hazel sits up. Her heart is racing.

                          ISAAC
           What?

                          HAZEL
           I... I have to go. I... Are you...?

           112.

                         

                          ISAAC
           I do it all the time. Go.
          As quickly as possible Hazel leaves. Isaac stays behind,
          enjoying the cool night. A new day is coming.

                         

          INT/ EXT HAZEL'S CAR - DAY
          Hazel is inside the car, rummaging crazily through the trash
          in an effort to find what Van Houten gave her. She's about to
          give up when she sees it - crumpled up into a ball beneath
          the passenger's seat. She reaches under, pulls it up, and
          unwraps it. As she reads, WE HEAR:

                          GUS'S VOICE
           Mr. Van Houten, I'm a good person
           but a shitty writer. You're a
           shitty person but a good writer.
           We'd make a good team. I don't want
           to ask you any favors but if you
           have the time, and from what I saw
           you have plenty, please fix this
           for me. It's a eulogy for Hazel.
          Hazel is overcome with emotion.

                          GUS'S VOICE
           She asked me to write one and I'm
           trying, I just, I could use a
           little flair. See the thing is...
           we all want to be remembered.
          She smiles to herself, remembering:
          - That first time Gus and Hazel ran into each other.
          - The staring contest in Support Group.

                          GUS'S VOICE
           We all want to leave a mark.
          - Driving (badly) in Gus's car.
          - Their first kiss at the picnic by "Funky Bones."

                          GUS'S VOICE
           But not Hazel. Hazel is different.
           Hazel knows the truth. She didn't
           want a million admirers, she just
           wanted one. And she got it. Maybe
           she wasn't loved widely but she was
           loved deeply. And isn't that more
           than most of us get?
          - And BACK TO HAZEL reading the letter, tears in her eyes.

                          GUS'S VOICE
           When Hazel was sick, I knew I was
           dying. But I didn't want to say so.

           113.

                         

          INT ICU - FLASHBACK
          Gus stealthily sneaks into Hazel's single room in the ICU.
          She sleeps. He kneels by her side.

                          GUS'S VOICE
           She was in ICU and I snuck in for
           ten minutes and sat with her before
           I got caught. Her eyes were closed,
           her lungs were intubated...

          Gus takes her hand and holds it.

                          GUS'S VOICE
           ... but her hands were still her
           hands, still warm, and the nails
           painted this dark blue back color
           and I just held her hands and I
           willed myself to imagine a world
           without us and what a worthless
           world that would be.
          - AND BACK TO HAZEL reading the letter. She never knew that
          story, never knew he was there. CUT TO:

                         

          EXT HAZEL'S HOUSE - BACKYARD - LATER
          Hazel walks out to the grass behind her house, the oxygen
          tank dragging behind her. She lays down on the grass and
          looks up at the stars - the same IMAGE that opened the movie.

                          GUS'S VOICE
           She's so beautiful. You don't get
           tired of looking at her. You never
           worry if she's smarter than you
           cause you know she is. She's funny
           without ever being mean.

                         SHE REMEMBERS:
          - The magical dinner at Oranjee.
          - The bench in which they sat overlooking the water.
          - The passionate kiss in Anne Frank's house.
          - Falling onto the bed together.

          [All of these are images we saw at the beginning of the
          movie, only now, we SEE the oxygen tank, we SEE Gus's leg, we
          SEE the fumbling and the difficulties etc. They don't make
          these images less beautiful. They make them twice as
          beautiful - because they're real.]

                          GUS'S VOICE
           I love her, god I love her. I'm so
           lucky to love her, Van Houten.

                          (MORE)

           114.

           GUS'S VOICE (CONT'D)
           You don't get to choose if you get
           hurt in this world but you do have
           a say in who hurts you.

          - AND BACK ON Hazel in the grass. She holds the letter to her
          chest. A single tear falls onto her cheeks.

                          GUS'S VOICE
           I like my choices. I hope she likes
           hers.

          Hazel CLOSES HER EYES.

                          GUS'S VOICE
           Ok, Hazel Grace?

          A beat. Another.
          Hazel OPENS HER EYES. And she says to the universe:

                          HAZEL
           Ok.

           BLACK.

                          


Fault in Our Stars, The



Writers :   Scott Neustadter  Michael H. Weber
Genres :   Drama  Romance


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