We uncover the awesomeness of nerdfighter & author John Green for this Discovery Monday
I guess it’s not a surprise that John Green is one of my favorite people. See that quote at the top of the page? Yep. John Green.
He is the New York Times bestseller of Looking For Alaska, Abundance of Katherines, and Paper Towns, and has one of the most viewed YouTube channels in all of online video history. His most recent novel is Will Grayson, Will Grayson which he co-wrote with David Levithan.
John Green is an author that actually connects with his audience in more ways than one. He has taken advantage of the digital age we live in, by going out and communicating with his audience not just through his novels, but through social media. I think that if more new authors did things they way he does, than maybe we can get more people to read more often.
As an author, his novels are filled with a unique humor and sentiment that you have to read to understand. I really can’t tell you how he writes, because we all experience something different as we read through a characters eyes. But, I can say that as I first starting reading Abundance Of Katherines, I immediately pulled out a highlighter to keep track of his amazing quips and expressions. I never do that. I hate writing in books, it distracts me (We can talk about my weirdness, later).
His characters are realistic with realistic conversations in high school hallways and messy teenage boys rooms. He creates a depth to the characters that most writers fail to understand or do these days. John Green is definitely one of my favorite authors of all time. I find my self laughing out loud, then crying during and after I read his novels.
If you take only one author recommendation this year, make it John Green. This ad has been approved by Kim The FanGirl.
As far as being a vlogger, John Green with his brother Hank, have taken it to another level. If you can imagine the male forms of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore (Gilmore Girls shout out!), you have the VlogBrothers. Their videos have made nerds unite in a community that call themselves nerdfighters (I’m one. Are you?). Dedicated to reduce overall “world suck” and fight for intellectualism, nerdfighters have planted thousands of trees (For Hank’s birthday) and raised large amounts of money for several charities.
John and Hank Green are the ultimate intellectual fast-talkers of YouTube.
To further entice you to read the novels of John Green, I will be reviewing Looking For Alaska on Wednesday. And as always, if you have an author or book recommendations, send them my way.
See you on Wednesday! – Kim
Have you read any of John Green‘s novels? Have you seen any of the vlogbrothers YouTube videos? Tell me in the comments!
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I love John Green with a scary passion known (exclusively) to fellow fangirls and pyschopathic serial killers–I’m sure you’re very familiar with it, Kim. : ) I agree completely with you about Green being one of our favorite people (closely followed in my case by J. Michael Tatum…but only by a little)! I have an amazing Will Grayson of my own: a bisexual, mousy, sweetheart with whom I’m “co-reading” WGWG. I read the will grayson chapters. He reads the Will Grayson chapters. We both laugh and cry on each other’s shoulders and fangirl about Cooper and possibly-gay-Jane, the character he thinks I share the most traits with. I love your page, Kim. Keep it up~
Margeaux (yes, pronounced like The Margo as in Margo Roth Spiegelman)
Haha! Yes, I am familiar with it. It’s impossible not to be. He’s such a great writer.
That’s awesome and I love the idea of reading the book at the same time. It sounds like so much fun to read a chapter or two and then have someone to talk about it with immediately. I’m going to have to try that.
Have you read ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ yet?
Thank you so much!
Yes, actually! I was recently on a long plane trip cross-country, and I was lucky enough to find a SINGLE COPY of TFiOS in an airport bookstore. I finished it two hours ago. God, what a genius Green is. I eagerly await his next protrusion into the world of Awesome with open eyes and open arms!
Thank for the reply,
I totally finished TFiOS in less than twenty-four hours. I was crying my eyes out by the end, but I think it definitely has to be my favorite John Green novel. Yes! I agree. He is a genius and I can’t wait to read what he comes up with next. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long before his next novel. 🙂
As much as TFiOS thrilled and enchanted me, I would have to admit that it’s not my favorite Green novel. (shrug) Looking For Alaska was the first I read (also my all time favorite book–EVER), and I read all the others in order from there…but TFiOS was a little bare in some parts. I know, I know– blasphemy, you’re shouting at me. What is this foolishness?
Regardless, I think it’s my #3 favorite of Green’s novels. Still an amazing read; still an amazing author; still amazing characters. It just didn’t stop my heart as ferociously as Alaska did. :,)
Some books I would recommend, and with the highest regards:
#1 Tamar: A Novel of Passion, Espionage, and Betrayal
by Mal Peet (not as cheesy as it sounds– this book is simply amazing in all ways)
#2 Flash Burnout
by L. K. Madigan (stunning, and is great for a Green fan)
Don’t Forget To Be Awesome,
‘Looking For Alaska’ was the first Green novel I read too. It’s still one of my all-time favorites, as well. But think I call TFioS my favorite, because it hits you on such an emotional level (LFA and TFioS are similar in this regard) – it’s the first book that really made me cry. I blame it all on Gus. He’s such a wonderful, charismatic character. All Green’s characters are like that, actually. TFioS . . . I don’t know what it is about it . . . their journey for knowledge, their quest is so relatable. What happens now? Why? We all have those questions and it was nice to see them expressed in that signature way that makes John Green such an incredible writer.
Ooh! I love book recommendations. I haven’t heard of these, but I will definitely check them out. Thanks!