by Sasha Mazikins
John Green is a 37 year old author living in New York City. He grew up in Orlando, Florida, and then studied at Indian Springs and then Kenyon College. Green was the 2006 recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award, and the 2009 Edgar Award winner. Reviews of his books have been featured in famous newspapers such as The New York Times.
Green’s novel The Fault in Our Stars was published on January 10th, 2012. The book didn’t receive much attention until there were rumors about a movie being based off of it. The film was released June 6th, 2014. The fan base grew at a miraculous rate, and the actor who plays Augustus Waters now has 2.05 million followers on Twitter, and 3.7 million followers on Instagram. The amount of press attention and fame the book has received is amazing, but in my opinion there are other books written by Green that are just as good, if not better.
This past summer I decided to read all of the books published by Green because I loved reading The Fault in Our Stars, and the way the book was written. Other novels written by Green include Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson which was co-written with David Levithan.
I began my marathon with Looking for Alaska because my friend lent it to me. Looking For Alaska is about a boy named Miles Halter who attends a new school and meets the stunning, intelligent, “out of his league” Alaska Young. Green is great at making his novels seem realistic, truthful, interesting, witty, and fun without being too sugarcoated.
Next, I read Paper Towns. Margo Roth Spiegelman, the attractive, mysterious, and popular high school student decides to jump into Quentin Jacobsen’s life again- literally. She sneaks into his window with an exciting plan for revenge that she needs help with. Jacobsen has been obsessed with her since a young age, and would do anything to spend time with her. The novel is intriguing, realistic, confusing, and takes you on a fun journey.
Green loves to add different types of symbolism, and lessons into his novels. One of my favorite quotes from this book is “She loved mysteries so much that she became one.” Green is creating a film from this novel, and he has confirmed that Cara Delevigne will be playing Margo and Natt Wolf will be playing Quentin.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson is one of Green’s most peculiar novels. It is about two different characters named Will Grayson who in a coincidence meet each other at a very strange place. The novel includes different aspects of love, high school, judgment, and homosexuality. I enjoyed this novel because it was like nothing that I have ever read before, and the chapters switched off narrators. This novel was co-written with David Levithan and I highly suggest it to anyone looking for something unique.
The last book that I read in my marathon of Green’s books was called An Abundance of Katherines. This novel is about a boy named Colin Singleton who only dates girls named Katherine. He has dated 19 girls named Katherine. This novel takes you through an adventure with his best friend Hassan and their mission is to prove a mathematical theorem that will predict the future of any relationship. I highly suggest this book out of all of the Green books, mainly because it is the least depressing of the books.
John Green analyzes the truths of the world and makes those truths into insightful novels. I love reading his books because there is no sugar-coating, although the romance aspect of the books can be a bit cheesy, the real lessons are ones that can be applied to anyone and everyone’s life.
If I had to list the best order to read John Green’s books it would have to be Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Paper Towns, and then An Abundance of Katherines. That is an unpopular opinion because most people would list The Fault In Our Stars as their #1, but I strongly suggest that you should read some of his other novels because they are a worthwhile read.
Source — johngreenbooks.com