I was so incredibly and pleasantly surprised by this film. My interest in seeing it greatly stemmed from the fact that it was Josh Boone's first film, and that his second would be The Fault in Our Stars. The fact that Bright Eyes composed the album didn't hurt either. I figured, if Josh Boone succeeded in making me love this film, he could pull off The Fault in Our Stars. I forgot about my reasoning for watching it the moment it began. The opening words hooked me and the cast was absolutely marvelous. It was a realistic, heart-breaking, inspiring tale of a family of writers looking for love and experience. I found it incredibly inspirational and I feel like many writers would feel the same way. You don't need to have climbed Mt. Everest to be prepared to write an interesting book. You need courage and faith in yourself.
The cast was honestly spectacular. I have never been much of a fan of Lily Collins, but I can now say she is a wonderful actress. I believed every moment of her sarcastic and snarky demeanor, forgetting this was the bubbly daughter of the famous Phil Collins. Logan Lerman was wonderful as always. Is there anything more heartbreaking than Logan Lerman crying? If you have seen The Perks of Being a Wallflower, you'll know what I mean. If you liked that film, you will adore this one. Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly... do I need to say more? The biggest surprise for me was the young Nat Wolff. I didn't expect him to be as big of a part of this film as he was. His story was of much focus, and I'm so glad it was. He broke my heart on several occasions.
Apart from the cast, everything about the movie was stunning. The writing was genuine and funny, the music was remarkable, and every moment brought either indescribable joy or sorrow for our young writers. I cannot recommend it enough. If you enjoy Woody Allen films, John Green's novels, or Bright Eye's music, there is very little more you could look for in a film.