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John Green

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John Green’s writing style is simple yet elegant. His novels are similar yet completely different. His topics range from road trips, to romance, to tragic loss, to missing persons — each of which will keep you emotionally involved until the very end. Although all of Green’s novels featured in this booklist are shelved in the young adult area many adults can learn something from them as well.

Books by John Green featured in this booklist:

An Abundance of Katherines (2006)

Summary: In this novel Colin Singleton is dumped by a variety of girls all named Katherine. He goes on a road trip with his best friend all the while trying to use math to predict his future relationships. 

Read-a-likes: These novels are similar to An Abundance of Katherines in that they’re all coming-of-age stories where teens go off on adventures – whether it’s a road trip or heading off to college.

The Fault in Our Stars (2012)

Summary: This novel follows Hazel, a sixteen year old who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. After accepting her diagnosis she meets Augustus at a support meeting and is forced to reexamine her life.

Read-a-likes: These books are similar to The Fault in Our Stars in that they’re all character-driven books about relationships and terminal illnesses.

Looking for Alaska (2005)

Summary: Miles “Pudge” Halter heads off to Culver Creek Boarding School where he meets Alaska, an attractive yet emotionally unstable girl, who turns his life upside down.

Read-a-likes: These novels are similar to Looking for Alaska because they all deal with interpersonal relationships in a group setting – whether it be boarding schools, high schools or hospitals.

Paper Towns (2008)

Summary: After a whirlwind night on the town with his crush, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen finds out the next morning that she has vanished and follows the trail of clues to find her.

Read-a-likes: These novels are similar to Paper Towns in that they all deal with missing persons or the search to find something.

Turtles All the Way Down (2017)

Summary: Aza and Daisy are best friends. When a billionaire goes missing a hundred-thousand-dollar reward is offered to anyone who can find him. They decide to investigate and Aza develops a relationship with the missing billionaire’s son. All is well until Aza’s growing paranoia about bacteria starts to unravel her mind.

Read-a-likes: These novels are similar to Turtles All the Way Down because they deal with missing persons and/or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson (2010)

Summary: In this novel two polar opposites meet accidentally. The only thing they have in common is their name. After their meeting their lives become entwined when one of them starts dating the other’s best friend who writes a musical about their lives.

Read-a-likes: These novels are similar to Will Grayson, Will Grayson because they are all realistic fiction about relationships (most of which are LGBTQ) and the arts.

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This list last created 9/2014 – cr / last updated 6/2021