This movie is a teen romance, so for start know that even if it was the best it could be it still won't receive good reviews from critics.
The writing may not be the best, and the acting might be only average. But there's something that I connected to in this movie that I can't explain.
Maybe it reminded me of the troubled feeling of understanding the feeling of love the first time, and all the wonderful and confusing shit that comes along with it. Maybe it reminded me of the rough patch that was my first time.
I don't know what it is about this movie that gets me so well, but maybe the fact that it clearly wasn't trying to impress any critics is what made it so pure. It seems to speak from some personal experience that everyone can relate to.
I could vouch for this movie all day but it the end I just hope you give it a shot.
Note: Dylan O'Brien is like a massage on the eyes. That's important.