In anticipation for John Green’s upcoming novel, Turtles All the Way Down, I’ve decided to share my personal opinion of which John Green novels are the best.
I have been a fan of John Green for years now, and I even got the chance to meet him (along with Nat Wolff and Ansel Elgort) on the set of The Fault in Our Stars back in 2013. I also had the amazing opportunity to audition for the part of young Hazel, which was an exciting experience I will never forget!
As you can see, thirteen-year-old me was very happy about this. So in honor of thirteen year old me, this is my personal ranking of John Green’s current books. Hopefully Turtles All the Way Down will make it to the top!
5. An Abundance of Katherines
While an okay book in its own regard, An Abundance of Katherines does little to compare with John Green’s other novels. The storyline is interesting and unique, chronicling the story of a boy who only falls in love with girls named Katherine. The book includes graphs and backstories that tie the story together and help connect the characters, but I felt the plot was lacking anything to keep my interest. Overall, I would rate An Abundance of Katherines a 5/10.
4. Paper Towns
Due to its somewhat recent film adaptation, Paper Towns has gotten a lot of buzz, which I personally believe is more deserved toward some of Green’s other stories. When I read this book a few years ago, I found myself struggling a little to get through it. The story itself is exciting: a boy searching for his neighbor, a girl who brought adventure into his life before leaving him behind with nothing but a vague trail of clues. I enjoyed the story, but I felt the pace was a little slow. I would rate Paper Towns a 6.5/10.
3. Will Grayson, Will Grayson
I wasn’t sure whether I should include this novel, since it is not Green’s alone but was cowritten with David Levithan, but I loved the book so much that I couldn’t resist. In the adorable tale of two boys named Will Grayson, Green and Levithan explore themes of suicide, social standards, and sexuality in a heart-warming way that will leave you feeling connected to the characters. I would rate Will Grayson, Will Grayson an 8/10.
2. The Fault in Our Stars
Probably the most popular of John Green’s books, it’s no wonder The Fault in Our Stars is so close to the top of my list. The love story created between Hazel and Gus is beautiful and powerful, and while it can be a bit cliché at times, I didn’t put the book down from the time I started it to the time I finished it. This story will pull you in, make you fall in love, and break your heart all in a few hundred pages, but it is well worth the tears. I would rate The Fault in Our Stars an 8.5/10.
1. Looking for Alaska
Finally, my favorite John Green book was Looking for Alaska. It was a close race between that and The Fault in Our Stars (I would rate both of them an 8.5/10), but ultimately, Looking for Alaska‘s unique storyline and compelling characters were my favorite to follow out of all of John Green’s works. Looking for Alaska tells the story of Pudge, a skinny boy with a talent for memorizing famous last words, as he meets a girl named Alaska at boarding school. I loved this book, and I’m hoping it will be the next John Green film adaptation!
Let me know which John Green book is your favorite, and be sure to look out for Turtles All the Way Down on October 10th!