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John Green Books

Post by HellsForHeroes » Tue May 25, 2010 12:21 pm

i have read Looking For Alaska by him, it is one of my favourite books, i am thinking of buying either Paper Towns or An Abundance of Katherines, has anyone read them? If so can you recommend me the one that you think is best? Thanks x x
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Post by mathsmum » Tue May 25, 2010 4:49 pm

dd's favorite author - paper towns is her all time favorite book

will get her to draw up a reading list when she gets home!!!!

do you watch his youtube stuff?
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Post by HellsForHeroes » Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:51 pm

Yeah i adore his youtube vids :)
if she writes a list that would be great! could do with some new books to read :) xx
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Re: John Green Books

Post by aliceinwonderinc » Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:51 pm

I love John Green, Looking for Alaska is also one of my favourites!
He's got a new book out at the moment called 'Will Grayson, Will Grayson' which he wrote with another author called David Levithan. I haven't read it yet but I've heard it's very good.

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Re: John Green Books

Post by mathsmum » Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:15 pm

mathsmum's daughter here :D

Well, John hasn't written all that many books, which makes it easy cause you can just...you know, read them all :)

Alaska is certainly his best loved book, but I personally prefer Katherines, and yeah, Paper Towns is my favourite book ever.
He generally follows a similar format, in this fairly ordinary guy (with the possible exception of Colin in Katherines, but even he isn't incredibly complex), this captivating, incredible girl (again, the furthest from this is Lindsey in Katherines, but even she isn't too far from that format) and at least one best friend/comedy sidekick.
But despite the ever so cliche teen format, John just makes it work. Amazingly and beautifully and complexly and wonderfully.
Paper Towns is just astonishing, Katherines is wonderful and Alaska breaks my heart every time I read it.
I cannot recommend all three highly enough.

As for his other books; Will Grayson, Will Grayson...I certainly enjoyed it, but I felt under whelmed by it after his other three. David Levithan and John are both very good authors, but I felt a lot of character development, especially of John's Will Grayson and his love interest, was lost because of the two intertwining plots format just not leaving time for real character development. I also thought that David Levithan explorations of mental illness, though good, could have gone further. The views of homosexuality in that book are brilliant though!
There's still a lot of the same John Green spark, but it just couldn't match his other books the end esspecially was a bit random.
I would certainly still recommend it, but bare in mind that it's not nearly as good as his others.

Let It Snow, his other collaboration books with Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle is a lot of fun...doesn't have the same impact of Alaska, Katherines and Paper Towns but it's clever and sweet and really nice to just read and relax and feel good about life.

The only other published work of his I've read is a short story he wrote in an anthology called Geektastic; the whole thing was pretty much a private joke with anyone who watched fiveawesomegirls on youtube (do you watch them? If not I would highly recommend their channel). I really enjoyed the whole anthology, but if you're only interested in John's stuff it's probably not worth the money.

And that's pretty much all he's published...except possibly another short story I think he or Hank mentioned once.
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