If you stalk people on Whatsapp, there's a huge chance you've come across this author, John Green. The blue and white ‘okay, okay’ written in clouds display picture? Yeah, that one. The guy basically wrote the best book ever written, 'The Fault in Our Stars', a book most now claim to have read because they've seen the movie.
This book has gotten so famous that now people have started disliking it. 'Oh! it's really boring and a little slow, brah!'
I read this book a while back because-
a) I had never heard of it
b) my friends had not heard of it.
Seriously, that makes a lot of difference. Tell someone you've read 'The Fault in Our Stars', they will think you're a hobbyist reader or tell them you've read the English version of 'Bajo la misma estrella' and they'll be like 'oh, look, we've got a freaking scholar here.’ It just makes so much difference, in spite of the fact that both the titles mentioned are translations of the same book. Just the name and Shakespeare was asking what’s in the name?
Anyway, enough of trying to be funny here.
This last two weeks, I decided to be really productive and so I read ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ (again), ‘Looking For Alaska’, ‘An Abundance Of Katherines’ and ‘Paper Towns’. This is all of John Green’s work I could find online. And Auckley boy was I impressed!
The Young Adult genre of books, specially about love, gets a lot of flak from everyone because of how it doesn’t contain any real life values and things that could change your worldview. I get it. I really do. It has some base as well, because some of the famous books the genre has churned out don’t contain anything more than a lonely boy meeting a popular girl and then something cute and funny and then marriage. So, when I jumped into this genre with ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ I was really apprehensive. I thought about it a lot. If this book turned out to be one of those books, I wouldn’t even be able to tell anyone how cute it was (I love those books!).
But boy oh boy was I wrong!