If you’re indifferent to Math and obsess about infinity, chances are John Green is the man behind this obsession. A wizard with Young Adult fiction, he was an award-winning author. But it was with The Fault in Our Stars that he truly exploded onto the global reading scene. Since then, people who have come in contact with his work (including me), have been unable to give him up, thanks to his absolutely thoughtful writing that is full of queer revelations.
‘Some infinities are bigger than other infinities,’ he said in the aforementioned book. It took just a few sentences to understand why. And when the understanding came through, so did the revelation that what he said is true about his books, too. All his books are so beautiful in their largesse, it’s difficult to not think of them as an infinity on their own. Starting from Looking for Alaska, it’s now turn for his latest infinity, Turtles All The Way Down (that has just released) to charm us all.
The Grass is ‘Green’er On The Other Side
John Green started work as a student chaplain at a children’s hospital in Ohio. He intended to become an episcopal priest, but he took inspiration from his work there among children suffering from critical diseases and became an author. He later worked as a publishing assistant for Booklist, a book review journal based in Chicago as he wrote his debut novel, Looking for Alaska. At Booklist, he critiqued a number of literary fiction books, something he also did for The New York Times Book Review. In addition to reviews, he wrote radio essays for Chicago’s public radio station, WBEZ.
Since then, Green’s writing career, though distinctly connected to his previous jobs, has proved that the grass is indeed greener on the other side. The only difference, here, though, is that he got the grass on his side to be green, too.
Green’s first book, Looking for Alaska, a teen romance set in Culver Creek Preparatory High School, was published in 2005. The American Library Association awarded it the Michael L. Printz Award. His second book, An Abundance of Katherines, published in 2006, was also a finalist for the Michael L. Printz Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
In 2008, Green collaborated with Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson, both young adult authors, to bring out Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances. This book has three interconnected short stories set in the same town on Christmas Eve, of which Green wrote “A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle.”
John Green’s fourth book, Paper Towns, published in 2008, collected all the adulation and was also made into a movie in 2015, starring Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne. The book won the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel for 2009 as well as the Corine Literature Prize for 2010. For his fifth book, Green collaborated with David Levithan on Will Grayson, Will Grayson that was a runner-up for the Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production and the Stonewall Book Award. Green started work on a novel called The Sequel in August 2009, but later scrapped it.
Green’s sixth published novel, The Fault in Our Stars, which he collaborated with Julie Strauss-Gabel, one of the Dutton editors, came out in January 2012. None of his other books garnered as much attention and love as this book has, dealing with teenage and cancer and a different view of the world. A major movie starring Ansel Elgort as Augustus Waters and Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster, released on June 6, 2014.
John, along with his brother Hank Green, run a YouTube channel called vlogbrothers. It all started with their 2007 vlog project called Brotherhood 2.0, in which they exchanged video messages with each other. These video blogs are now on their YouTube channel, one that has garnered a huge following across the world who call themselves Nerdfighters. VlogBrothers have created and participate in a number of charity fundraisers and humanitarian efforts.
John Green, in addition to his stellar collection of novels, has also had a run with short story collections, interactive novels, zombie novellas, and book extracts from his unfinished books. While he has published 5 short story collections, his other works count to 6, with The Sequel making it to the list.
Turtles All The Way Down
Every project that Green comes up with is a celebration for his fans, as it should be with every author’s fan base. But Green’s novels are relatable and easy to read while doling out hard truths in simple language. And this is why his Young Adult novels are so widely lapped up.
Turtles All The Way Down, just released, is the story of Aza Holmes, a 16-year-old with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a condition that John Green admits to be a major personal connection between him and the book. The book, like all his others, promises to be a rollercoaster of emotions and a lot more fun in its subtleties.
And we cannot wait to get our hands on it. All the way down to the end!
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