As we mentioned earlier in the week, Forever Fest hosted an advance screening last night of The Fault In Our Stars, followed by a Q&A with John Green and director Josh Boone. The screening was held at Alamo Drafthouse locations all over the country, but in Austin, we were lucky enough to hang out with John and Josh IN THE FLESH.


Sarah standing next to director Josh Boone, author John Greene, and Brandy, the other festival director, against a pink background with hearts

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Since we knew folks would be lining up early to get into the screening, we invited our favorite local nail artist, Nails Y’all, to give people free TFIOS manicures while they waited. Everyone’s nails were totally okay, okay!

Besides manis, the best way to kill time is with cocktails, as demonstrated by members of the Austin FYA Book Club. (Of course.)

A group of white women looking giddy with excitement against a pink backdrop

Finally, it was time for the screening to begin, and the audience was welcomed via video by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort!

 won’t be able to share my review of the film until the actual release date, but rest assured, it’s absolutely wonderful and incredibly true to the book. In other words, YOU WILL LOVE IT. The audience last night certainly did– I’ve never seen so many happy people with puffy cry faces before! The Alamo also surprised everyone by serving champagne (and sparkling cider for the young’uns) so they could drink along with Hazel and Augustus in Amsterdam. Later, John Green mentioned that one of his favorite parts of watching the film with the audience was hearing everyone’s glasses clink as they toasted with Gus and Hazel. Cheers!

After the film, I moderated a Q&A (along with Brandy, my Forever Fest partner) with Josh and John that was live streamed to all of the Alamo theaters. I still kind of can’t believe it happened, in spite of this video proof:

No surprise, John and Josh were incredibly charming, and the Q&A was an absolute BLAST. A few of my favorite moments:

– John acting out his cameo (that got axed from the film) with Brandy and me.

– The fact that, on the day of the sex scene shoot, Shailene walked on set wearing a green screen suit as a joke.

– The image of John and Shailene hugging each other and watching Ansel and Nat play the piano together after filming the eulogy scene.

– The fact that Nat Wolff gave Josh a copy of the book, which is how this whole movie got started.

– John getting acting advice from a six-year-old.

As a swimfan, I also feel the need to tell you that, before the Q&A, John Green wanted to touch my hair (I’ve got tinsel in it):

John Green, holding a beer and wearing glasses, looking at Sarah's hair to see the shiny strand of tinsel

But I think my #1 favorite part of the evening happened at the very end, when we all headed outside to make like Isaac and egg the crap out of a car! John and Josh did a trial run earlier in the evening, which is when we discovered that John had actually never egged a car before. (His aim made this clear as well– he accidentally hit a fan, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone so happy to get splattered with yolk before.)

John Green, getting ready to throw an egg at a car

After watching that scene in the film, when Gus and Hazel help Isaac egg his ex-girlfriend’s car, it felt strangely magical to see a hundred people lobbing eggs at a vehicle. And, as Isaac can attest, it was definitely therapeutic.

A crowd of people (mostly women) throwing eggs at a car

That car didn’t stand a CHANCE, y’all.

A car completely covered in yolks and egg shells

The entire evening felt like a dream, but I’m so glad that it happened in my little infinity.

Okay? Okay.

All photos by Annie Ray Photography


Sarah lives in Austin, and believes there is no such thing as a guilty pleasure, which is part of why she started FYA in 2009. Growing up, she thought she was a Mary Anne, but she's finally starting to accept the fact that she's actually a Kristy.