Author John Green is one of those people who have the ability to make aspiring authors, like myself, both want to better ourselves and vomit at the same time. I would be satisfied to just write a sentence as well as Green, let alone a whole novel. The guy is just good. His knack for language is excellent, and his capability of making our everyday emotions this tangible thing is inspiring.
I was introduced to Green’s work about three years ago when his young adult novel, Looking for Alaska, was listed as a text for one of my kid lit classes. I bought the book, but I ended up dropping the class (I decided to go with storytelling that semester). Anyways, the book sat on my shelf until a couple of months ago. I decided to go searching for it after reading and loving his latest novel, The Fault in Our Stars, last year.
Looking for Alaska tells the story of a young man who lands himself in an Alabama boarding school. He finds friends, enemies, and even a soulmate. The Fault in Our Stars is about a young girl dealing with all the typical highs and lows of being a teenager, while also battling
cancer. Although this novel definitely has a serious undertone, Green balances it with enough humor and heart that you don’t even view the two main characters as being terminally ill, but just two young, twitterpated teenagers.
Both of these books, quite honestly, will just change your life. You will laugh and you will cry, and you will think back to a time when you felt exactly the same way as Green’s characters. Green writes from an insider perspective — giving details that seem as real as an eye witness’s account. It’s not a matter of wanting to live in his world or make friends with his fictional entourage — it is your world. His friends are your friends. If you want to revisit your past and ponder questions about your future, I would definitely recommend John Green as an author you want to get to know.