Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Would you like a little obsession with your novel?

John. Green. Is. Amazing. I went on a total John Green binge last week. It would have been longer but he only has three books. That I could not stop reading. The first one I read was An Abundance of Katherines. It was funny and different. That was my first taste. A couple weeks later I picked up Looking for Alaska. It was still funny, but a little heavier. I would say the heaviness helped make it irresistible. I finished it in a day and a half. And moved right on to his latest, Paper Towns. Seriously, I haven’t been this excited to tell you about an author since Christopher Moore (who is still my favorite funny man). The only thing that was wrong with Paper Towns is that I did not want to stop reading. I took it to the grocery store with me and was able to read a paragraph and a half before I had to start putting my groceries on the belt. Every time I had to stop reading I disliked the world and its rules for a little bit. For that couple of days that I was reading Paper Towns, all I could think of was the next time I could read it. I was a little obsessed. Am I tempting you? Very well, I will tell you a little more about them. Each story has a teenage guy protagonist who is a little dorky but smart and funny. They also have a girl who the guy totally likes. She is smart, sassy, and beautiful. Each book has a plot element that the boy is trying to figure out (How can I put love into a math equation? What was Alaska thinking when she drove off campus? Where is Margo?). That’s what makes them so appealing; we are right along side him as he figures through the conflict. I don’t know what I’m going to do now that I’ve read all of his books, it’s kind of sad. But if you’re interested in a quick, engaging as all-get-out summer read, I would definitely recommend John Green.

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