I guess you could say I’m slightly obsessive when I find a great author, mostly because it’s so rare. Sometimes I like one book but others written by the same author just don’t do it for me (I’m thinking Susanne Collins—for me personally, Hunger Games was an anomaly).
But when I find an author whose style I like, and after a couple of books I still feel the same way, then I just won’t be satisfied until I’ve read everything they’ve ever written. In my grade school years it was The Babysitters Club and Dear America, in middle school I was hooked on anything by Lois Duncan, in high school it was Piers Anthony, in every year since I can remember it’s been L.M. Montgomery.
And now… I’m in love with John Green, YA/Contemporary Lit author extraordinaire. I read The Fault in Our Stars, his most recent novel, a few months ago. Then I went back to his first, Looking for Alaska for Book Club. Now I can’t get enough! I quickly downed Will Grayson, Will Grayson and An Abundance of Katherines.
Genuine, smart, quirky characters. A little self-centered and full of themselves, but isn’t that the embodiment of what it means to be an adolescent? The dialogue is exactly what you wish would happen if your life was made into a movie, but it’s also the kind you can imagine really happening. The plot is always intriguing, but it’s the characters who steal the show. I’m completely hooked.
Now on to Paper Towns and whatever else I can get my hands on. John Green is all over the internet, so look up his website or the videoblog videos on Youtube that spawned NerdFighters if you’re interested. Or look at my faithful friend Wikipedia for more of a biography–his experience at a high school boarding school in Alabama influenced his first book, as well as his time as a chaplain in a children’s hospital. I love his brand of young adult literature, and maybe you will too!
Do you have a favorite John Green novel?