John Green is a talented and engaging author, whose YA novels continue to surprise and delight readers years after they were originally published. His first novel won the Michael L. Printz Award, and he has since written four more full-length novels for teens. I discovered this author quite recently, reading his most newest novel, The Fault in our Stars, first; it turned me into a fan. Since then, I have been working my way through his bibliography, enjoying each entry.
What makes John Green a remarkable author? First of all, his characters are vibrant, funny and very memorable. He specializes in the quirky, off-beat individual. He even creates really interesting secondary characters. The friends who surround the main characters are the kind of friends you would love to have. I also like that his novels are smart; he doesn’t write down to the teen audience – he treats his readers with respect! This is probably why his books have such wide appeal. So if you are looking for a new author to discover, think about trying any of John Green’s novels. Take your pick from the five below:
Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash. (note: The book in my personal collection has a different cover, but this version is much nicer! Also, this book won the Michael L. Printz Award)
Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships. (note: This book is a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book)
One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q’s neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears. (note: This book won the Edgar Prize for best young adult mystery writing)
When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other’s best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both. (note: Kayleigh reviewed this book here)
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life. (note: when reading this novel, keep tissues nearby. You will laugh and you will cry.)
Hopefully, one of the above-mentioned books sparks your interest, because reading John Green is an experience you don’t want to miss out on!