The author John Green is known, mainly, for the work, therefore, it could not be left out of Top 3, but it will also not occupy the 1st place on that short list.
In general, Green’s books are quite prestigious, so much so that some have already won adaptations for the cinema such as:,, The Fault is of the Stars and – which was scheduled to start recording in 2020 and be released in 2021, however, with the Covid-19 virus pandemic spreading through the population today, the production of the film should be postponed – and the work that was recently launched as a series of 8 episodes by the platform
One of the criticisms I have of the author, after reading some of his books, is the standardization of his characters. I feel that they are deep and very interesting, but almost the same characteristics are placed in most of the main figures of his works, such as, for example, Colin Singleton (), Miles Halter () and Quentin Jacobsen () who have very similar personalities.
With the above opinion I do not try to take away your desire to read the following books, quite the contrary, I say that even with this fact, the books manage to hold your attention and make me choose this agenda to advise you to have this experience.
In the scenario of public calamity in which we live with the need for social detachment, in order to guarantee the prevention of conronavirus, taking advantage of this moment to dive into the world of reading can be a great escape. Therefore, I recommend the following books:
This specimen tells the story of Colin Singleton, a prodigy boy who just graduated from high school and dreams of becoming a genius, because he believes that prodigies only easily absorb what other people have already discovered. He wants to be the kind of person who unveils what has not yet been explained.
The plot of the book revolves around Colin’s love life, he has dated 19¹ girls and all of them were called Katherine (with the name written in these exact 9 letters).
As the story unfolds, he decides to go on a road trip with his best and only friend, Hassan, to try to forget the “foot in the ass” he took from Katherine XIX.
The prodigy discovers that it might be possible to create mathematical formulas that show the beginning, the end and an approximate base of the length of time he spent with the girls he dated. As such, he could expand his discovery to make future predictions of anyone else’s relationships through charts. The name would be “Fundamental Katherines Predictability Theorem”.
On this trip, Colin and Hassan end up settling in a city in the interior of Tennessee and meet Lindsey, a funny and interesting girl who will help in the conclusion of the theorem and in the excitement of the boys’ lives. The result of the theorem is unpredictably predictable and if you want to better understand this fugging1 statement, read the work.
NOTE: 1 you will also know the meaning of “supposed19” and “figging” as soon as you read the book.
The Fault in the Stars talks about the lives of Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, both of whom had cancer; she has thyroid cancer and he has osteosarcoma, a fact that made him need to amputate one of his legs.
The two know each other at a Christian support center, which aimed at the interaction of people with the same experience around the disease, with the objective that some would support others and externalize their problems with cancer.
John Green managed to write about this topic without romanticizing the disease and being very realistic, but he also did not make the story absorb excessive drama. Instead, the author brought a lot of humor throughout the narrative mainly through the character Isaac, Augustus’ best friend, who loses his sight at the beginning of the work, but remains with his funny moments until the end of it.
Unlike Augustus, Hazel was always very pessimistic when it came to her life span due to lung problems and her difficulty breathing without the cannula, but their approach gave the story a new start and the couple started to live intensely the time they had.
A parallel story that leads them to undertake certain adventures is Hazel’s obsession with “An Imperial Affliction” – a fictional book, but which, in the story, is authored by Peter Van Houten -, she seeks answers to his end, as it has as last line an incomplete sentence that leaves you with many hypotheses of what could have happened.
This fact takes the couple to Amsterdam embarking on a journey full of questions, but which at the end are given completely different answers than they expected.
The name of the work in English is that it would have a literal translation, but, in my opinion, the adaptation made by Brazilian translators was much more consistent with the story than the original.
This was John Green’s first book and had a 10-year commemorative edition in 2015, which contained an interview with the author on the most curious topics covered in the books, as well as questions that were not answered on purpose in history and that fans are still mad with curiosity today, it also had deleted chapters.
The series inspired by the book was launched at the end of 2019 and was undoubtedly one of the best adaptations made of books, it had many scenes with identical lines and those that needed to be deleted, adapted or added were so well worked that the viewer felt that it was entirely possible that it happened in the literary work.
The story is based on the life of Miles Halter or “Gordo”, as he is ironically called, who is a boy in love with the last words of people, especially that of François Rabelaisque who was “I am going in search of a great maybe”.
The young man decides to withdraw from all his old quiet life to study at Culver Creek, a boarding school, in order to find his great one perhaps; on this journey he meets who becomes his best friend, Chip Martin or “Colonel”, Takumi and Alasca Young, an extremely profound, mysterious girl far ahead of her time, who defended tooth and nail the causes of social minorities, mainly about the feminist movement – remembering that the story takes place in the early 2000s.
Miles is enchanted by Alaska, for his rebellious and determined way of life and for his speeches always full of interpretations. She is passionate about the last words of a specific person: Simón Bolivar, the revolutionary died shortly after asking “How will I get out of this maze?” which, in Alaska’s interpretation, would be the labyrinth of suffering that she herself was trying to untangle.
Throughout the narrative, a lot of religious and philosophical issues are addressed, there is also the prevalence of the sarcastic humor of Miles and his friends who prank around the school and drive Dean Hyde or “Eagle” crazy, live intensely and become more and more entwined in the complex. Alaskan drama.
The book begins with a countdown, which ends in the middle of it, and begins again when the story takes a completely different turn. John Green left numerous questions at the end of the book that pique the reader’s curiosity to the point of being asked numerous times for answers. In the commemorative edition of the book, Green replied:
Some questions I didn’t answer in the book are the ones I didn’t want to answer or thought I shouldn’t answer. Throughout our lives, questions arise, important questions, which need and deserve to be answered, but which still remain unanswered. Some mysteries around deaths, friendships, romance and religion will never be solved in a way that you find satisfactory. The interesting question for me is: can you continue to live a life of hope in the face of insoluble uncertainty? We need to find a way to live with ambiguity without being consumed by great absences and responses.
For answers like this and for the turnaround present in the middle of the book when analyzing it in depth, I consider it one of the best I have read.
I hope your reading is productive, enjoy this universe a lot!