John Green is pure genius.
I truly believe he is.
John Green does this thing where he makes characters impossible not to love.
In “Paper Towns,” Radar is the lovable best friend whose family owns the world’s second largest collection of black santas.
In “The Fault in Our Stars,” the leader of a cancer group is a passionate stereotypical “Jesus freak” who believes he is in the literal heart of Jesus.
“Looking for Alaska” is rounded out by a host of characters, one of whom, named the Colonel, lives in a trailer with his mother and talks with a southern accent.
“An Abundance of Katharines,” the most recent novel I’ve read, showcases two best friends, one of him is a child prodigy, the other a chubby Indian who spends his time reminding Colin, the genius, that he is uninteresting.
John Green turns real people and ordinary events into extremely relatable people who see ordinary events in extraordinary ways. He writes with finesse, stylistically keeping readers engaged in a plot that thickens both realistically and in fast rhythm.
Here is how I rank the four novels he has written on his own:
- The Fault in Our Stars: 5/5
- Paper Towns: 3.5/5
- An Abundance of Katherines: 3.5/5
- Looking for Alaska: 3/5
Each and every one is impossible to forget and even more impossible to put down. The stories touch you when you least expect it and stay in your heart long after they are back on the shelf!
I am a picky reader, but I would reread any one of Green’s novels any day.
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