My Top 5…… John Green Novels

Hello all!

To celebrate the announcement that John Green will be publishing a new book called “Turtles all the way” on October 10th 2017, I’ve decided to compose a list of my top five John Green Novels

5. An Abundance of Katherines

An abundance of Katherines is a story revolved around child prodigy, Colin Singleton. Colin has dated nineteen girls called Katherine. Following the most recent of these Katherines breaking up with him, he engages on a road trip with his Judge Judy loving best friend, Hassan.

This is a brilliantly quirky, and nerdy, novel. John Greens novels are renowned for their unique plot lines and quirky characters, but this novel is probably one of the more out there in terms of story. Despite this, the book is incredibly engaging, with a fresh writing style, with graphs and asterisks’ galore! . One of my favorite components of John Green books are the vibrancy of the characters and this book doesn’t disappoint, with Hassan’s self-deprecating humor and Colin’s fun facts, the novel is given extra oomph. Overall, this is a fun and engaging novel, though i feel the plot lacks in comparison to other John Green books.

4. Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska is John Green’s debut novel. I made the mistake of reading this after having read The fault in our stars, and thus felt slightly disappointed in the novel. However I re read it not too long ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, so i recommend reading this BEFORE his later novels. Looking for Alaska centers around Miles Halter, who is fascinated by famous last words, and heads off to boarding school. Whilst there he meets Alaska Young, a mysterious and vibrant young woman.

This is a very compelling story, which ends up a lot darker than you think it is going to be. I don’t want to say too much so as not to give away major plot points, but i will say that it is a novel that is exciting and showcases how you can never really know just how people are feeling beneath the surface of what they let you know, and that some mysteries remain unanswered. Its a compelling plot, with unique characters, though slightly less interesting that characters within other John Green novels

3. Let it Snow

Now, let it snow is technically written by three authors. The book consists of three interlinking holiday stories, each story having been written by a different author, the authors are; Maureen Johnson; Lauren Myracle; and, of course, John Green.

I adore this book! Maybe its because i’m completely in love with anything christmassy, but this book just fills me with warmth and that lovely christmassy feeling.  John Green’s story is called “a cheertastic Christmas miracle” and revolves around Tobin and his friends ‘Duke’ and JP, as they set out in a snow storm on Christmas eve, to reach a waffle house filled with cheerleaders. Yes it is as strange and comical as it sounds! Its also brilliant, joyful and festive, and a book i read every Christmas. Maureen Johnson’s story “The Jubilee express” is equally as brilliant, maybe even slightly better

2. The Fault in our stars

The one every one has at least heard of! The novel is centered around a young girl called Hazel, who has terminal cancer. Whilst at a Cancer support group Hazel meets Augustus Waters, who gives her an infinity within the numbered days.

What can i say about the fault in our stars, possibly one of the most quoted books of our generation. John Green took a risk with the subject matter of the novel but boy was it worth it! A novel, i genuinely can not falter. I could not put the novel down, full of poignant moments, Green has created a love story which will have you weeping for happiness and sadness whilst also creating his trademark unique characters with Augustus Waters being one of my all time favorite literary figures. Full of beautiful quotes such as “It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you,” heartbreaking quotes such as “The world is not a wish-granting factory” and humorous quotes such as “What a slut time is. She screws everybody” this is book you will re read over and over again.

1. Paper Towns 

One of my all time favorite novels! Quentin is a quiet boy, whom one night is awoken by his mysterious neighbor Margo, for a mayhem causing night. However the next day Margo has disappeared and thus Quentin, with help from his friends Ben and Radar, as well as Margo’s friend Lacey,  begins his mission to find her, believing she has left him clues.

This is a brilliant story based on friendship and, like Looking for Alaska, our inability to ever truly know how people are feeling. I feel like this book is so often overlooked due to the hysteria surrounding The Fault in our stars, which is such a shame as this book contains quotes just as beautiful as that of the Fault in our stars, and the story is just as engaging. In fact I found this story slightly more compelling than The Fault in our Stars, due to the mystery element. You as a reader genuinely want to know where Margo is and what these clues mean. Did she even mean to leave the clues? I read this book in two days as i just could not put it down. I highly recommend this novel to anyone and everyone. With brilliant characters and a compelling plot, this book is number one on my list of top five john green novels.


Quote Corner

Hey guys! So this is a little segmant called ‘Quote corner’ where I post one of my favourite book quotes.

Book: Paper Towns

Chapter: 24

“On some fundamental level we find it difficult to understand that other people are human beings in the same way that we are. We idealize them as gods or dismiss them as animals.”

Run by Kody Keplinger

Hey guys,firstly I would like to thank you all for reading my first book review on this blog! Hopefully you will keep tuning in for more.

Book: Run

Author: Kody Keplinger

Genre: Young Adult

Rating: 3.5/5

‘Run’ runfocuses on the friendship between Agnes and Bo – two very different girls who both want to get out of their small town ‘Mursey.’ Agnes is a native and guarded young girl suffering from partial blindness, causing her parents to be very protective of her, leading to Agnes feeling trapped. Bo is a free-spirited but troubled teen, whose mother is an addict, leaving Bo wanting the protection and concern that Agnes gets from her parents. The girls form a rock-solid friendship and decide to go on the run, to get out of their small town. Alternating from Bo’s point of view in the present, and Agnes’ point of view of the past, the story focuses on the impact of family relationships, religion, and friendship on a young person’s life.

An interesting aspect of this book was that there were no clear antagonists. There was no one person who was clearly the ‘bad guy.’ Instead there are understandable characters with flaws. All the characters can annoy you at times, due to an aspect of their personality. Agnes can annoy you for her lack of understanding towards her parents; Bo can annoy you for her ‘me against the world’ attitude; Christy can annoy you due to her self-centered character; Agnes’ parents can annoy you for their over protective nature and so on. I, personally, like this aspect of the book, as it is truer to life than having a clear ‘baddie.’ In life people are not merely good or bad, people are complex, they have good and bad sides, and people tend to argue over personality clashes rather than behavior. It was also refreshing to have a bisexual character in a book, and it not be the main focus. Quite often in books, if there is a LGBT character, then it becomes the primary focus of the novel, in Run, however, Bo’s sexuality is mentioned throughout, but not deeply focused on, and this is partly due to the narrative structure, as we read from the point of view of Bo and Agnes, who wouldn’t see it as something that needs much focus.

Another noteworthy aspect of the book, was its focus on friendship rather than romance. There was an element of romance in the novel, but it was very much a sub plot – if it wasn’t in the book, it wouldn’t make a difference to the story. The focus was very much on the platonic love between the two female characters and their admiration of each other. I loved the focus on the strong friendship between the two female characters, devoid of any bitchiness – refreshing when contrasted with the countless amounts of books that have the female characters bitching about their friend – girls generally like their friends y’all!

Overall this was an enjoyable book focusing on the strong friendship between two admirable, yet flawed, young women as they face the trials and tribulations of growing up in an isolated and religious town. One thing about the book though, is that the actual plot itself is lacking, the story lacks any real ‘oomph.’ The book solely relies on the characters to carry it, and you check into the book because you want to see how the characters progress rather than wanting to see what happens next in the story. Therefore, if you’re looking for a book with an enticing and exciting plot, then this isn’t the book for you, but if you are looking for a book with complex characters and strong relationships, then this is the book for you.