Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Books For Fans of John Green

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Books For Fans of a Specific Author, and I chose John Green. I chose John Green because 1. I like his books, 2. I know a lot of people who read my blog like his books and 3. The other day I was thinking about how no one else writes like him. I found writing this list to be a bit of a challenge, but these books either have similar elements as John Green's books or could just be enjoyed by anyone who likes his books.

1. I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak. From the writer of The Book Thief, I picked this book because of the original plot-line. Ed Kennedy is nineteen and already feels like a failure. He works as a cabbie and has a unrequited crush on his best friend Audrey. Everything changes when Ed stops a bank robbery, and soon afterwards the first ace arrives in the mail and he becomes the messenger. Without knowing who's behind his mission, Ed keeps receiving cards that tell him what do next, whether it's simply helping someone or even teaching them a lesson.

2. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. I chose this book because it's an honest and humorous look into the life of an smart teenage boy. Craig Gilner goes to a good high school in New York and feels so much pressure to succeed in life. When he feels like he can't take it anymore, someone at a suicide hotline tells him to check himself into the hospital instead of killing himself. There, Craig finally separates himself from the things that bring him stress and looks within himself to find a way to get better. 

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. A fairly obvious choice, since "I swear we were infinite" is the only thing more quoted in the YA world than "I was drizzle and she was a hurricane." Through letters to a stranger, Charlie tells the story of his life in the school year of 1991. Full of honesty and simplistic truths, Charlie struggles with growing up and finding his place in school. Charlie is a wallflower and prefers to watch from the sidelines instead of getting up to dance. In his letters, he explains how strange and beautiful life is. You can read my review here

4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I'm sure a lot of male fans of John Green won't give this book a chance, but I'm not usually a fan of books with the words "french kiss" in the title and I still loved this book. John Green himself recommended it in this video. A romance book set in Paris, you don't actually have to like romance books to like Anna and the French Kiss. It has great characters and a really believable and well developed central relationship. You can read my review here
 5. Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. If you liked Will Grayson, Will Grayson then you might enjoy this book that is also written partly by David Levithan. This book has great characters that are smart and interesting and the plot is full of fun and adventure. Just as Christmas is coming to New York, Dash finds a red notebook among the shelves of The Strand, challenging him to a series of dares. Through leaving the notebook for the other person to find, Dash and Lily get to know each other and start to wonder if the chemistry between them is only on paper. You can read my review here.
 6. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler. By the writer of A Series of Unfortunate Events, Min has just broken up with Ed. Like after most breakups, she drops a box with all the things that remind her of him at his doorstep. With the items is a long letters detailing how each items explains why they broke up. As Min remembers their relationship and its ultimate undoing, she does so with biting honesty. You can read my review here.
 7. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. Another book that was recommended by John! You can see the video here. Like John says, it's thoughtful and romantic, with smart characters. When Hadley misses her flight from JFK to Heathrow for her Dad's wedding, it seems like nothing else could go wrong. But Hadley's perspective changes when she meets Oliver on her flight, a British boy who might be able to change Hadley's cynical conclusions about relationships. You can read my review here.

8. Winter Town by Stephen Emond. Evan and Lucy have been best friends forever, even after Lucy moved to Georgia with her mom after her parents divorced. For the past five years she's spent winter vacation with her dad, but mostly with Evan. When she returns the winter of their senior year, Lucy is clearly different. Not only is she dressed dramatically differently, with black hair and makeup and a nose ring, but she also seems far away and distracted. Have Evan and Lucy grown too far apart to still be friends, or could this winter just be the beginning for them? Stephen Emond also did the illustrations, which are in comic style. 

9. The Disreputable History of Frankie-Landau Banks by E. Lockhart. While I'm not saying this book is exactly like Looking for Alaska, there are some similarities that could help it appeal to fans of LfA. There's a smart protagonist, pranks and a boarding school. This is the story of Frankie's transformation from overlooked freshmen to pranking mastermind. When Frankie returns from summer holidays as a sophomore and a better looking version of who she was in freshmen year, she begins to date Matthew, who is smart and good looking. When she learns that he is a member of the school's secret society, she poses as the club's leader to orchestrate pranks on the student body. You can read my review here

10. The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson. It doesn't seem right to leave M.J. off this list. This was the first book I read by Maureen Johnson, and it might be my favourite. Nina Bermudez has been best friends with Avery and Mel for what feels like forever, and they even earned the nicknamed the Bermudez Triangle. When Nina goes to spend the summer at a pre-college program, she comes back to find that things feel a little off between Avery and Mel. When she finds them kissing, everything changes between these three best friends. With Maureen Johnson's typical humour, The Bermudez Triangle looks at three friends as their friendship is put to the test.

11. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.  Junior has spent his whole life living on the Spokane Indian Reservation, but things change when he decides to go to the public school outside of the reservation. Junior might be smart but at the same time things aren't easy for him, since he has epilepsy, a stutter, a lisp and has little money. And it's definitely not easy being the only Native American at his new school, excluding the school maskot. All the same, Junior is a budding cartoonist and through his drawings he looks at his life with humour. It feels like people on the reserve don't get to live their dreams, and Junior wants to change that for himself.

12. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley. This one is a new addition to the list. In this debut novel, Cullen Witter's hometown of Lily Arkansas is shaken both by the suspected reappearance of an apparently extinct woodpecker and the disappearance of Cullen's younger brother. While the Woodpecker mania infecting his town originally was amusing, now it's distracting everyone in town and in the media from focusing on Gabriel's disappearance. This book had a well thought out plot and unique characters and was very insightful. 


  1. I've read about half of these and I'd definitely agree with those recommendations! Great list!

  2. Totally agree with The Perks of Being a Wallflower & Dash and Lily's Book of Dares. Anything a bit different is like John Green :)

  3. Have only read Why We Broke Up - reviewed it on my blog (felicityhall.blogspot.com) actually. Really enjoyed it, as it paralleled a break up I was going through at the time.

    Will work my way through this list for sure!

  4. You've been granted a Liebster blog award from me! Here :D

  5. interesting entry :)
    i've already read some of those and i'm going to add the rest to my to-read list!

  6. I really love John's style of writing. The more i read, i more i love his thought, which is far different from the way i fall in luv with books I've read before (most of the time: characters, content, feeling bla bla)
    Thanks for your suggestion :)

  7. Came across this looking for a picture of Perks to put in my blog. I'm a huge John Green fan and I love reading and writing. I have read a few of these books and will definitely check out the ones I haven't read. Great post, thanks a lot!

  8. wow i found this from a google search and i just have to say that i am reading i am the messenger right now and it's kind of a funny story is sitting on my nightstand right now for me to start when i'm done

  9. thank you for sharing this nice collection of books with us !
    currently i am reading this book: THE WORLD WE MADE, and it changed my life literally. It is about our future in terms of environmental /climate changes but half fictional and very positively written, but check it out yourself : http://betterymagazine.com/conversations/interviewing-jonathon-porritt/
    I hope you like it and will be enhanced to strive for a better ( greener ) future !



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