John Green is an American author that has written numerous bestsellers over the years. Born to Mike and Sydney Green in Indianapolis, Green attended Lake Highland Preparatory School and Indian Springs School before graduating from Kenyon College in 2000.
Order of John Green Standalone Novels
|1||Looking for Alaska||2005|
|2||An Abundance of Katherines||2006|
|4||Will Grayson, Will Grayson||2010|
|5||The Fault in Our Stars||2012|
|6||Booze & Betrayal||2017|
A student of Religious studies and English, Green spent some time working at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The experience diverted him from his intentions to go to school and become an Episcopal priest, with Green eventually choosing to pour his efforts into writing.
Success didn’t come immediately. Green actually spent some time reviewing books for various media sources before pushing out Looking for Alaska, his first novel, in 2005. The Teen romance established Green’s place in the arena, making him an author to watch as far as teen-related matters in fiction were concerned.
Since his first novel, Green has garnered a reputation for being one of the greatest Young Adult novelists in recent years. He has collaborated with the likes of Maureen Johnson and David Levithan to further the renown of the Yong Adult Genre.
Besides writing popular young adult novels, John Green is very active on social media and frequently engages his fans on everything from writing to politics and philosophy. For a time, John Green gained quite the status for making careers, with some people saying that a good word from John Green could launch an aspiring writer’s success.
Green fought back against these claims. He also made a lot of cases online about the disparity between the criticism leveled towards men and women, claiming that male authors were not attacked and critiqued as viciously in comparison to their female counterparts, even when their books were overrun with misogyny and sexism.
Green has been forced to defend himself on numerous occasions against voices accusing him of pandering to teenage girls and building a cult following in the process.
John Green Awards
Since his first book came out in 2005, John Green has enjoyed recognition as a revolutionary in the Young Adult Genre, winning all manner of accolades in the process, this including the mtvU fandom awards, the Michael L. Printz award and the Edgar Allan Poe Award, not to mention the Indiana Authors award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
John Green Books into Movies
John Green has had the opportunity of seeing his biggest books become feature length movies. The Fault in Our Stars came out in 2014 while Paper Towns was released in 2015. Both movies follow teenagers as they try to overcome their unique brand of problems.
Both movies have been lauded by Green’s fans and bashed by individuals that have little love for the author’s brand of storytelling.
Best John Green Books
John Green’s Bibliography is still quite small, though the few novels he has written have made waves in the publishing arena, with some of the best titles he has produced including the following:
Looking for Alaska: Miles Halter was never satisfied with his existence. His life was a little too safe and almost too uneventful. So when he finally went off to Culver boarding school, he didn’t expect things to become so unsafe so quickly, which is exactly what happens when he come across Alaska Young.
Gorgeous and clever, sexy and funny, Alaska Young draws Halter into her world and changes his life.
This book is almost nonsensical in that it doesn’t do anything especially original. Green writes about a group of teens dealing with very typical teen anxieties. Then they engage in even more typical teen vices, this leading to unoriginal melodrama.
John Green includes a number of lines and quotes that should be inspiring but they simply fall flat.
Paper Towns: Quentin Jacobsen has loved Margo Roth Spiegelman for as long as he could remember. However, he only looked at her from afar. As such, he is taken aback when Margo leaps into his life and drags into a campaign of revenge.
Quentin is more than happy to follow. Once their all-nighter ends, Quentin goes to school and realizes that Margo has left him a mystery to solve, one with clues that he must follow. Along the way, Quentin begins to see the real Margo.
This book primarily stands on its characters. The cast is the strongest aspect. John Green is effective in painting their problems without falling into melodramatic territory.