Wednesday, July 29, 2009

John Green - Award Winning YA Novelist

Just finished reading: Looking for Alaska by John Green
Currently reading: Paper Towns by John Green, pg 97
Currently postponing: Possession by A.S. Byatt

While I was shelving books in the Young Adult section at Borders the other morning, I decided to linger in the “G” section to see where my book would be if (I mean when) my book is published. And that’s how I discovered John Green, author of YA books Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines. I finished reading Looking for Alaska and now am about 100 pages into Paper Towns. His stories are compelling – I build up this momentum when I'm reading them and I can't put them down.

Both books so far have been written in the first person from the perspective of a kind of scrawny, almost-geeky, teenage boy whose life is changed forever by a gorgeous, adventurous, somewhat crazy teenage girl. Both books have Buddhist themes interwoven into them, which I appreciate. It's not fair of my to write much about Paper Towns when I'm only a third of the way through it, but so far it seems like a more cliched idea of high school. But maybe real high schools hold up this cliche, so I don't know.

I would have definitely enjoyed these books even more if I had read them when I was a 13-16 year old, but when I was that age I was too interested in reading "sophisticated books" like Atlas Shrugged and missed out on a lot of really great YA books.

But reading John Green's novels has given me a lot of inspiration to work on my next YA novel - which I may blog about at a later date.

Check out John Green’s website for more information on him and his writing. I’ve been reading his blog, which has lots of good info.

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