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John Green’s Fantastic Writing

Annie Lammes, Editor In Chief

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John Green, an amazing teen fiction author, has reeled me into his books through his humor and ability to relate to his readers. Before getting into this style of writing, I read Paper Towns, about a boy, his friends, and a girl who ran away. After thinking about it, I read one of my sister’s favorites, Looking For Alaska, followed by his most famous book The Fault In Our Stars.

My mom made me read Paper Towns before I was allowed to go see the movie, and although the movie wasn’t spot on with the details (especially the ending), it still captured all of the funny lines John Green had written. It may have helped that he was on set the whole time too. The book was sweet and kept you interested throughout it, constantly throwing in a line or two that would make you smile and made you want to keep reading for the next one. The wittiness is not surprising, given that the story is based around three boys who just graduated; Quentin, Radar, and Ben. The story was bittersweet, and although I won’t spoil how it ended, it made you fall in love with the characters and feel what they felt. One of the greatest aspects of John Green’s writing is the fact that he makes you relate to the characters by making them human-like, not heroic.

Looking For Alaska was interesting to say the least. It touched on many subjects that I have only heard of, and there were even some parts I was not allowed to read. It was funny and fueled by emotions as the main character, Miles, tries to figure out the major plot twist that takes place halfway through the book. I can’t really say more without spoiling the whole thing.

The Fault In Our Stars, although I’m sure most of you have read it or at least have seen the movie, was heartbreaking, although I managed not to cry. I love the fact that Mr. Green was inspired to write it due to someone he knew, Esther Earl, who was battling cancer like the main character, Hazel Grace Lancaster. Through the book, you follow her story about meeting another cancer patient and their relationship. The ending is difficult, although random moments of humor occur throughout the book. The book has a somber tone and makes you think for days after finishing.

The next books I’m going to read are An Abundance of Katherines and Let It Snow. I’m completely prepared to love another well-written book by an amazing author.

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