Posts Tagged ‘john green’

Coming to theaters near you: TFiOS!

January 23, 2014


There’s recently been a bit of an uproar about photos and the poster that have been released for the upcoming movie version of John Green’s hit novel The Fault in Our Stars.  Some of the controversy surrounds the movie poster’s tagline: “One sick love story.”  Additionally, in many of the stills from the movie (see below), Hazel isn’t wearing her cannula, including during the big moment in the Anne Frank House.



















So what do you think?  Is the tagline insensitive, or is it just the type of humor Hazel would find funny?  Is it troubling that Hazel isn’t always wearing her cannula like she has to in the book?  Sound off in the comments!

Banned Books Week

September 23, 2013

This week, libraries all over the country are practicing our freedom to read with Banned Books Week! Yes, that’s right, book banning is a thing that still happens. Just last week, new hit YA novel Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell faced a challenge for being “obscene”.

Check out the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week website here, and don’t forget to take a look at the list of Frequently Challenged Books here to see if any of your favorites are on it. Last year’s top 10 most challenged books list included YA hits The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group), Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group), and Looking for Alaska by John Green (Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)

*Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

Looking for your next great read? Check out NoveList!

August 29, 2013

One of my favorite ways to discover new books is NoveList, a database we subscribe to here at DPL!  NoveList is great for when you really like a certain author or book and you’d like to read more books that are similar.  It’s super easy to use, here’s a quick tutorial!

From the homepage of our website, hover over Research Tools and click Online Resources from the drop-down menu.  On the second page of options, you’ll find NoveList!  Make sure you have your library card nearby because you’ll be asked for that barcode number.




Once you’ve made it to NoveList’s homepage, you’re ready to start searching.  Let’s say you’ve read all of John Green’s books and LOVED them all, and now you want to find something similar that you’ll enjoy just as much.  In that search bar at the top, just type in “John Green” and click Author, and hit search.




As you can see from the screenshot above, John Green is right at the top of the list.  You can click his name for more info about him and his books, or you can scroll down a few lines and click on Author Read-alikes to find a list of authors and reasons why you might like their books if you like John Green.




Let’s say The Fault in Your Stars is you absolute favorite John Green book, and you want to find another book that is like it.  Instead of searching for John Green read-alikes, you can find read-alikes specifially for TFiOS!  From the NoveList homepage, type “The Fault in Our Stars” in the search bar, click on Title, and hit the search button.  Now you should be seeing an info page all about TFiOS, and on the right side you’ll see a list of books that you might also enjoy.

And there you have it, your next favorite book discovered!  You can do this with just about any author or book.  Visit NoveList from our homepage today and give it a try!

One Direction & John Green Announce Candy Land Film!

April 1, 2013

Happy April Fool's Day!

Grab some nerds candy and Jammie Dodgers!  Directioners and Nerdfighters are doing insane happy dances all over the world this morning as it has been announced that bestselling author and youtube star, John Green, will be writing an original screenplay about the classic boardgame, Candy Land, with a dystopian twist (Think Wreck-it Ralph + Jumanji + Hunger Games). Few other details about the story have been released, but the BIGGEST news is that John Green is specifically tailoring the script to star THE BOYS OF ONE DIRECTION! :::Sugar Rush Swoon::: We love it when fandoms collide! Check out the announcement HERE!

Candy Land film projects have bounced around Hollywood for the last decade, but most previous efforts focused on slapstick stories aimed at younger kids and families. However, producers have shifted perspective due to teen superstars taking over the A-list and the popularity of YA book-to-film adaptations, and we now look forward to a much grittier, much nerdier Candy Land with cute British accents. Huzzah!

Although John Green, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson are the only official names attached to the project, there is some speculation about who will play their female hero counterparts. Many unofficial sources are reporting that John Green has been constantly listening to a particular J-Pop supergroup in order to get a feel for all 88 of their personalities. Yup, rumor has it that EACH MEMBER of Japan’s sensation AKB48 will have a starring role alongside the One Direction Boys! Remember when you were watching The Hunger Games and you thought to yourself “Gah, if only there were 88 times as many Katnisses…then this might be interesting!”

Sadly, there are no rumors yet on who will be playing Queen Frostine or Princess Lolly. My vote is for Gwen Stefani to play both.

If you like John Green….

March 27, 2013

Have you read all of John Green’s books and now you’re wondering what to read next?  Here are some suggestions:


If you liked Looking For Alaska: You might want to try other boarding school novels like Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard (if you’re looking for another guy narrator) and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (if you’d like to switch to a girl narrator). Another great choice is Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher; like Alaska, it’s about a guy who is piecing together information about a girl he thought he knew.


If you liked An Abundance of Katherines:  Other road trip stories like The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith and Car Trouble by Jeanne DuPrau could be right up your alley.   Much like Katherines, Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler is (as the title suggests) about dealing with a breakup.



If you liked Paper Towns:  Check out some more books about guys falling for and/or getting caught up in the lives of complex, eccentric, mysterious girls.  You might try out The Disenchantments by Nina Lacour, The Amanda Project by Melissa Kantor, and Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King.



If you liked Will Grayson, Will Grayson:  Try some other books told in multiple perspectives, like My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger or Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.   If you’re interested in another LGBT read, Geography Club by Brent Hartinger is a great pick for fans of Will Grayson.



If you liked The Fault in Our Stars:  Moving stories about love and loss like Deadline by Chris Crutcher, The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen, and Before I Die by Jenny Downham might be just what you’re looking for.

For more reading lists, be sure to check out our Recommended Reads for Teens page!

BRR: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

February 29, 2012

TitleThe Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green

Other books in series or Standalone: Standalone

First Impressions: A friend of mine took the dive and read The Fault in Our Stars before I did. So, I knew going in that this book was going to be great, but extremely sad.  I mean, it’s about a sixteen-year-old with terminal cancer, there’s pretty much no way that’s not going to be sad.   However, once I actually got into the book, I was thoroughly surprised with the attitude of the main character, Hazel. It was nothing like I expected, and I very much wanted to get to know her better.

Last Impressions: Wow, what an amazing book. The Fault in Our Stars is easily my favorite by John Green. The relationship between Hazel and Augustus was at once uplifting and tragic, and I’m a sucker for beautiful contrast. Their story sticks with you long after you put the book down. I’m not going to say I cried, but—if only that truck full of onions hadn’t driven by as I was reading.

Thoughts on the bookcover: The cover is very elegant and simple. While this may not seem so amazing, think back on the cover of any classic you’ve seen. They’ve almost all been elegant and simple! That’s just the publishing company putting their faith in John Green, preemptively believing this novel will be a classic.

Anne Frank House stair entrance

Favorite Moment (POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT): It has to be, and this scene plays out with the utmost respect, making out in the Anne Frank House. Yeah, I just typed that. But really, that whole scene was perfect.

Least Favorite Moment (POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT): I actually don’t have a least favorite moment, per se. But when Hazel says she doesn’t want to be close to anyone in order to avoid “collateral damage” when she dies, her situation really hit me hard. 

People who should read this: All NerdFighters, of course. Anyone looking for a book that’s tragic, yet beautiful. Those not afraid to cry in order to feel fulfilled.

There is No Dog

If you like this book, you may also like: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

***Also, there’s a Tumblr for The Fault in Our Stars for those that have finished the book, featuring a direct Q&A between you and John Green. However, it’s password protected (the last word in the Acknowledgements, case sensitive), so make sure you jot it down when you check out the book!


YAuthor Stalking Tuesday: David Levithan

April 13, 2010

So where can you find all that YAuthor information? RIGHT HERE because it’s YAuthor Stalking Tuesday! Learn about your favorite authors, have a chat with them and then share your YAuthor adventures. This week is the Rad-Reads-writin’ David Levithan!

David LevithanAuthor: David Levithan
Books: Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Love is the Higher Law, Geektastic, First Kiss (Then Tell), This is Push, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Boy Meets Boy, and many others!
When he’s not being an Author: He’s being the EDITORIAL DIRECTOR at Scholastic and the FOUNDING EDITOR at Push!

Click on this link to see an interview with David about LGBT literature and censorship of his books:

Here is David and John acting out scenes from Chapter 4 of Will Grayson, Will Grayson:

John also gives some more info about the book and his collaboration with David on Vlogbrothers:

Have you met David Levithan? Do you have a YAuthor Adventure to share? Email Amber and we might post it on a YAuthor Stalking Tuesday!