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John Green: The Man Behind the Masterpieces

posted Feb 26, 2014, 3:15 PM by Unknown user   [ updated May 12, 2014, 8:27 AM by Unknown user ]
Rachel Silver

Teens across America are going crazy for books like The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, and Paper Towns. John Green, the man behind these one of a kind novels and #1 New York Times Bestselling Author is quickly becoming one of the nation’s most popular authors.

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In 2005, Green broke into the writing industry with the publishing of his first book Looking for Alaska that became an instant must-read for teens. This romance received the Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association for excellence in young adult literature.

The novel centers around Miles Halter, an enthusiast for famous last words, and his search for “The Great Perhaps,”-which he believes is the thing we all journey towards and our life’s adventure-at Culver Creek, an Alabama boarding school. He goes on this journey with his friends Chip “The Colonel”, Takumi, Lara, and, of course, Alaska. As the four teens make memories of their time at Culver Creek with pranks and adventures, they face problems from simple high school things like jerky jocks and bad grades, to even more serious issues such as drinking and depression. Through these trials and adventures, Miles soon finds his “Great Perhaps”. Looking for Alaska is exciting, compelling, and heart wrenching all at once.

After Looking for Alaska, Green wrote and published An Abundance of Katherines which was a runner-up for the Printz Award. Following this popular novel, he collaborated on Let It Snow with Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle, which made it to the top 10 of the New York Times bestseller list.

Paper Towns is the third book that Green has written and published. This novel received the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel and the 2010 Corine Literature Prize and was also #5 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Paper Towns is a mystery, unlike most of John Green’s work. It is about Floridian teenager , Quentin "Q" Jacobsen and the ever mysterious and spontaneous Margo Roth Spiegelman, his neighbor and crush. After going on an adventure to get revenge on people who have done Margo wrong, she disappears and Q is left with a mystery to solve with the help of his two best friends. Readers beware, Paper Towns will completely captivate your attention as you eagerly await Margo’s return.

Following Paper Towns, Green started writing a book called The Sequel, which Green never finished. Instead, he used pieces of it in writing his fifth and most popular novel, The Fault in Our

Stars.

Through this beautiful piece of literature, Hazel Grace Lancaster battles terminal cancer and depression. While she believes that her fate is laid out for her, Augustus Waters sweeps in and teaches her what love and life are all about. Augustus, having suffered cancer as well, is an amputee. They bond over their similar experiences as well as a mutual friend and their favorite book.  The Fault in Our Stars is an amazing, but tragic novel about love, loss, and the unexpected. Be sure to have tissues on hand when reading this stunning #1 New York Times bestselling book.

Through books such as The Fault in Our Stars, Green teaches many powerful life lessons that are very relatable to readers who are at all different points in their lives.

John Green is hands down one of today’s most talented and inspiring authors for young adult literature today. Look forward to another tear-jerking, life changing novel from him, as he has recently stated that he is currently writing another book titled The Racket.



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