Dear John Green, Please Be My Best Friend

I don’t know if y’all know this, but I’m a bit of a Nerdfighter. I especially love John Green’s books. ALL OF THEM. The title plea is indeed a genuine request (although in the event that I did meet John Green, I’d probably nervous-vomit, so that could hinder the whole best-friend thing). Um. Anyways. This is more of an author post than a review of just one book.

Looking for Alaska (Dutton, 2005): This was actually the penultimate John Green novel I read. Nothing about this book is compressible, but I’ll try to succinctly summarize for you poor fools who have yet to read it. Miles Halter, who’s kind of obsessed with last words, goes to boarding school and falls for elusive yet perfect Alaska Young, who of course is taken. So he becomes her friend and gets caught up in the crazy web that is Alaska’s life. To say more would spoil the plot. But this book…how can I review it without spoilers?!?! It’s poignant, funny, smart, and wonderfully written. What more could you ask for in a book?

An Abundance of Katherines (Dutton, 2006): I was originally drawn to this book because, hey, it has my name right there in the title! Then, because of the rainbow of silhouettes on the hardcover. Then, all the math and graphing and footnotes turned me off before I even knew who John Green was or that he was made of awesome. Then, I totally lied about having read it to impress a group of friends (hey, I picked it up and flipped through it!). THEN, an ex-boyfriend used the principle against me after we broke up, “graphing” the decline of our relationship. Then I read Katherines again, to make sure I still could without throwing it at a wall. Turns out I could, and it’s a wonderful novel. Colin Singleton, child prodigy, takes a road trip with his friend Hassan. They end up in Middle-of-Nowhere, USA, to see the alleged tomb of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, where they meet Lindsey Lee Wells, and end up getting some work and a place to reside in Gutshot, Tennessee. All the while, Colin is struggling to develop a formula that will accurately predict the curve of any relationship, because he has just been dumped by a girl named Katherine for the nineteenth time. No spoilers, go read the book.

Paper Towns (Dutton, 2008): This was the first John Green novel that I read in its entirety, a few years ago, and I honestly haven’t read it since. I don’t know why; I remember loving it when I did read it. But, I do own it, and I’m going to re-read it starting today. Quentin Jacobson has loved Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar forever. Then they pull an all-nighter. Then, suddenly, she’s even further away than before. The novel chronicles Q’s journey to track her down through clues. Great novel, I don’t know why I haven’t picked it back up. 😦

Will Grayson, Will Grayson (Dutton, 2010; with David Levithan): This is the last John Green book I read in my sit-down-and-read-all-John-Green-books-except-apparently-Paper-Towns quest. I love it. Apparently, other people don’t. Which is weird to me. Because I love it. Will Grayson and Will Grayson have lived their lives without knowing that there was another Will Grayson, close in age and relatively close in distance until they happen to meet one night in Chicago. They both change after meeting each other and some awesome stuff happens. I don’t get why some people think this is John Green’s worst book. Mostly because I can’t name a book I think is John Green’s worst book.

The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton, 2012): This book. You guys. This book. I love it (call me redundant, it’s true). So, fifteen-year-old Hazel Grace is a cancer patient and considers herself a side effect. Then she meets Augustus Waters, who is not a side effect. They do adventure stuff. This is probably my favorite John Green book. If I could only recommend one John Green book ever, it would be this one.

Guys, I like John Green. A LOT. In a non-obsessive way. Mostly. 😉

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