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8 Books By John Green You Need To Read Now

8 Books By John Green You Need To Read Now

Best John Green Books

John Green is the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling American author who has made a name for himself through incredible writing and imagination, gaining massive commercial and critical acclaim worldwide. He has been given many literary honors, including the Michael L. Printz Award, the Edgar Award, and was a twice finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. TIME magazine also named him one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2014. 

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John Green has always been a favorite author of ours for as long as we can remember. He is a great observer and keen on us seeing the world through his lens, so his books are a window through which we can see his world. There is something about how he uses humor to illustrate complex issues in simple, friendly tones, yet making them impactful and resonating with regular people on a deep level.

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John Green is a brilliantly talented writer who embraces his inner nerd smoothly and is passionate about quotes and philosophy, which he sometimes (or, well, all the time) passes on to his characters. Do you know what’s even better? He treats his teenage characters as growing adults and delves into their world, walking us through their lives, revealing their struggles, and helping us decipher their issues. Sometimes, we see a reflection of ourselves in them because we have been through that age and maybe even experienced those things. He has a strong sense of romanticism, finding beauty and magic in the simplest of things, turning them into something that makes butterflies come alive in our stomachs.

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Whether you want to brush up on your TBR list or keep your resolution to read more books this year, if you still have it, or find some contemporary gems in the young adult genre, we have got you covered. We will shine the spotlight on the best John Green books, from the classics to the latest splash in the non-fiction world. There’s heartwarming romance, laughter, humor, and tense drama laced with moral lessons, sometimes making you cry. These books bring all the vibes to satisfy your hunger and passion for young adult (YA) romance and fictional fantasies that you weave in your head and deserve a spot in your TBR!

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Content Warning: The following books may contain triggering and upsetting material. The Honey POP encourages mindful reading and always checking the author’s website for any additional content warnings.

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The Fault In Our Stars

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The Fault in Our Stars instantly charmed its way into our hearts the moment we began reading it. It is a fabulous fiction masterpiece that immediately enraptured us, using a playful and light-hearted style to tackle heart-wrenching subjects. The book also inspired two blockbuster feature moviesThe Fault in Our Stars in American cinema and Dil Bechara in Indian cinema. It revolves around the beautiful yet sad world of two young teens, Augustus and Hazel, diagnosed with life-threatening chronic illnesses who meet in a cancer support group. They take us on an emotional rollercoaster ride, encompassing everything on the human emotional spectrum. 

As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.

― John Green, The Fault In Our Stars

The story is heavy on feelings, from grief to joyous laughs, from sprinkling some love and shedding some tears while making a few last confessions laced with humor and quirkiness that is bound to amuse you and make you laugh until your stomach hurts. Amidst tragic events, the book inspires you to make the most of every moment, even during the darkest nights and battles. There is only one life, so live it to the fullest every day, as if it is the last.

*Spoiler alert* It’s not a happy ending as we had hoped, but it is the right one. John Green conveyed his point in a subtle yet lasting, impactful manner. He explained the very meaning of life in a simple, heartfelt way that seems real rather than surreal. 

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Content Warning: Alcoholism, Alcohol consumption (including underage), Chronic Illness (Cancer), Character death, Emesis, Grief, Holocaust (mentioned), Hospitals.

Looking For Alaska

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John Green’s award-winning debut novel, Looking for Alaska, is a 2005 young adult romance novel based on the life experiences of John and his time at Indian Springs School. The plot, however, is entirely the creation of our beloved author and his incredibly brilliant imagination. It is a coming-of-age story that delves into themes like purpose, hope, love, despair, remorse, forgiveness, and coping with unanswerable questions in youth-adult/teen relationships. The book follows the life of the lead character, Miles Halter or Pudge, who has led a quiet, safe-and-not-so-adventurous, boring life at home, and he is longing to find “the Great Perhaps.”

The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.

― John Green, Looking for Alaska

However, he does not know what he was getting into when enrolling at Culver Creek Boarding School, as his life turns upside down. As the story unfolds, he meets Alaska Young, a young girl he finds stunning, witty, amusing, sexy, and sometimes reckless, impulsive, downright screwed, yet perfectly captivating, luring him into her swirling world and leaving him infatuated.  

However, if everything churned so smoothly, there wouldn’t be any life, no excitement, no thrill, and inspiration for book plots to be so spicy. On the surface, it seems like any other YA novel, but the way the author captures every human emotion on the spectrum, we find ourselves pulled and re-reading it. The book perfectly captures teenage minds and their imaginary worlds clash with real life’s difficulties. To write something of this caliber requires tremendous skill, talent, and imagination, which John has in spades. 10/10 would be our recommendation to add this book quickly to your TBR list.

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Content Warning: Alcohol consumption (including underage), Character death, Cheating, Fireworks, Smoking, Suicide (mentioned).

Paper Towns

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Paper Towns is the luminous coming-of-age story that returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that has inspired a new generation of readers. It touches the realms of love, friendship, and young life while illustrating some enchanting ideas about how people interact and connect. It follows Quentin “Q” Jacobsen, searching for his childhood crush, Margo, with the help of his friends, but the closer he gets, the less he recognizes her. A typical, plain, and ordinary guy, Quentin sees Margo, his pretty and popular neighbor, like a mystical, unattainable enigma, and he adores her. But one night, she disappears, and he sets out on a quest that leads to an unexpected turn of events that shatters his façade.

It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.

― John Green, Paper Towns

At its core, the book is thought-provoking and meaningful on different levels, making it a compelling read. Margo initially captivates Quentin, and he falls in love with her persona, but as the story unfolds, it becomes apparent that she is not as perfect as he imagined. The deluded perspective he had of her meant he didn’t know her at all – it leaves us with the impression that we never fully know a person or what they are experiencing. We can only try to understand what the other person is going through from our own perspective.

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Content Warning: Depression, Missing person.

Turtles All The Way Down

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Turtles All the Way Down captures and explores Aza’s story in a beautiful, raw, and no-holds-barred way, and we love every emotion conveyed through the strings of beautiful words. The book explores long-standing friendships, relationships, reunions, and intimacy. At its core, the book centers on 16-year-old Aza Holmes, navigating her way through life daily as she tries to cope with her escalating mental spiral, afflicted with OCD and anxiety, alongside trying to investigate a mystery curveball of the disappearance of a billionaire for a hefty cash award. 

True terror isn’t being scared; it’s not having a choice on the matter.

― John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

While we will not spoil all the mysteries and secrets of the story, there is one thing we feel the need to emphasize. It portrays mental illness realistically, and its subsequent consequences, with no frills or spice, and we admire the honesty. Yes, it is ugly, upsetting, and aggravating, but it is not hopeless or frantic, and it is honest. There is a continuing struggle with her mental health, reflecting feelings of detachment, isolation, and feeling like an inconvenience – emotions that anyone who has experienced them knows. However, this only made us feel closer to the character and made us want to reach into the book, hug her, and reassure her she is beautiful and loved, no matter what.

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Content Warning: Anxiety, Eating disorder, OCD, Self-harm

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a collaborative novel by John Green and David Levithan and presented in an alternating chapter format. John wrote all the odd chapters (Will Grayson) through the eyes of a heterosexual quiet teenager who is sweet, funny, lovable, overthinker and over-analyzer, and Tiny Cooper’s best friend. And David Levithan wrote all the even chapters (will grayson) from the perspective of a depressed gay teenager attending the same high school, who is adorable but sad, gothic, and complicated to understand. But when these two strangers cross paths on one frosty night in Chicago, they don’t realize how their worlds will collide, their lives will overlap, and fates will entangle, with unexpected outcomes that they could never have predicted.

Maybe there’s something you’re afraid to say, or someone you’re afraid to love, or somewhere you’re afraid to go. It’s gonna hurt. It’s gonna hurt because it matters.

― John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson

The plot flows effortlessly as the perspectives merge into one cohesive narrative, conveying themes of teenage romance, angst, revolt, self-discovery, and self-development. It takes time to build a relationship with these characters, but they’re worth it, and they will last a lifetime. Ultimately, this book celebrates friendship, love, and relationships, both romantic and platonic, and shows the extent to which people can be there for each other.

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Content Warning: Bullying, Fatphobia, Homophobia

Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

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Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances, penned by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, explores three mainstream holiday romances, all taking place during a snow blizzard on Christmas Eve. They lace together and unravel in unexpected ways, drawing us in. The three novellas, The Jubilee Express, A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle, and The Patron Saint of Pigs, find three teens engaging in some hilarious antics and causing havoc that will have you laughing hard. As the story unfolds, we witness a snow blizzard turning a small town into a romantic getaway, culminating in passionate evenings and cozy, delicious kisses. The holiday season shines upon these hilarious, delightful tales of romantic surprises that will leave you breathless. Each author has a unique perspective and writing style that reflects well, and it is so engaging the reader feels like they are in the story. Snowflake lovers, if you love the magical Christmas holiday romance that gives you butterflies and tingles, this book is for you. 

Once you think a thought, it is extremely difficult to unthink it.

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― John Green, Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

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Content Warning: Sex, Swearing, Drinking/ smoking

An Abundance of Katherines

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An Abundance of Katherines is an excellent, unconventional, and nerdy coming-of-age novel weaved around a road trip that explores fitting in and trying to make sense of everything. Colin Singleton is a peculiar, nerdy, and intriguing protagonist whose awkward, odd personality is one of the main selling points of the storyline. Unlike most YA heroes, he is not a hunk, quarterback, someone with a rigged childhood, or a traumatized past, unless you count getting dumped by nineteen girls, all named Katherine. Colin is a child prodigy who loves anagrams, striving to satisfy his overbearing parents. He wants to live a simple life, and he gets his wish when his best friend takes him on a road trip that will change him forever after discovering his true self.

What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?

― John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

We love road trips, and they become even more exciting with adventures and learning along the way. We followed Colin on his road trip as he ventured into the unknown and discovered what he had always desired: an original idea- a theory of love to help him comprehend his own rugged experiences in love. There are a lot of witty dialogues between Colin and Hassan that keep us laughing, and we adore the chemistry between them. Oh, and don’t feel intimidated by the “math” or the “theorems,” you don’t have to be a math genius to read this book because we’re confident you’ll figure out your own love theorem. 

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Content Warning: Sex, Swearing, Drinking/ smoking

The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet

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The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet is the first non-fiction book by John Green that expounds on delightfully engaging, rich, emotional, insightful, yet humorous, and complex perspectives and interpretations on the Anthropocene and the paradoxes of contemporary existence. The Anthropocene is the current geological era characterized by substantial human interference and influence on geology and ecosystems since the commencement of the industrial revolution. John’s gifted art of storytelling is at the core of this profoundly moving and thought-provoking, artfully curated essay collection, adapted from his widely acclaimed podcast of the same title. 

We all know how loving ends. But I want to fall in love with the world anyway, to let it crack me open. I want to feel what there is to feel while I am here.

― John Green, The Anthropocene Reviewed

The book discusses a wide range of topics, including the global pandemic, depression, serious illnesses, climate change, and more through a light-hearted, positive, and humorous take that feels poetically moving, evocative, layered, and enlightening simultaneously. There is a diary-like feel to it, encompassing not only examining John Green’s unique life experiences but also delving into and unraveling the thoughts they sparked, thus rendering the universal from a personal lens. It emphasizes human interrelationships and interactions and conveys the truths of humanity on the pages through strings of words, just as beautiful as the podcast. So lean in closer to read and comprehend, as we definitely recommend you read it.

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Content Warning: Suicidal thoughts, Mentions of mental illness (depression, anxiety), Global Pandemic content.

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Our hearts are full of love and excitement and we could go on writing about our favorite book excerpts, but for this article’s sake, let’s take a breather. We hope you liked our quick roundup on John Green’s writings and would add these books to your TBR list if you haven’t read them already. Trust us when we say these stories will be there to accompany you through it all.

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