I have watched the vlog brothers for a long time, and I have been part, even if a somewhat unactive part, of nerdfighteria for a while. I have never read a John Green book yet though, and I don't think I can really qualify as a nerdfighter if I have yet to read a single one! So I am wondering... which is the best?
The "best" John Green book is purely subjective, so you'll have to figure that out yourself. My favorite though, was Paper Towns. Although after reading Looking for Alaska I felt haunted for days, when I finished Paper Towns I just wanted to read it and read it and read it again. In fact, I wanted to memorize it.
My ranking of John Green's books:
Looking for Alaska
Will Grayson, Will Grayson and An Abundance of Katherines
I noticed a lot of people left out Will Grayson, Will Grayson which was not only fun, and humorous, but a great commentary on friendship as well. I know that my response is becoming really long-winded, but I just have to say this. Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska are my two favorite books by John Green because I've seen myself in Margo Roth Spielgelman's broken strings and Alaska Young's sadness so many times. Maybe I'm self-centered, or something, but a book becomes a personal favorite for me when I feel like I myself am being lectured.
Happy reading. :)
i believe that either looking for alaska or paper towns is john green's best book. i especially enjoyed looking for alaska, even though i believe that alaska was the worst character in the entire book. however, the mystery of alaska and the entire after part made her more of the story than when she was in it. sometimes, i wish that it was entirely written from her death on. i found her more likeable and more enjoyable to read about after she was dead. paper towns is my other pick for john green's best because even though it was a little to fantastical for me, it was an interesting read that kept my attention through the entire time.
i find myself thinking that john green doesn't really write strong female characters. i mean that in the sense that they are too fantastical for belief. he places them on a pedestal for the main male character to love and adore and worship.
An abundance of Katherines.
There is no best because they are all so great! Margo and Alaska were my least favorite characters of all ,while Quentin and Tiny Cooper are my favorites. I just wish that Tiny Cooper would come to life,I would worship the guy! He is a work of absolute genius! :D
I read Looking For Alaska in August, and I finished it in about 4-5 sittings over three days. My brother recommended it to me after finding out I was a Nerdfighter, and I loved it. It was better than the required reading I had for sure, and I just loved the dynamic of Pudge, the Colonel, Takumi, Alaska, and Lara's friendship. I had to take a break around halfway through the "After" section because I was so heartbroken, but in a way it was a great feeling. I can't really explain it. As for the ending, it made me feel really...not happy per say, but peaceful. I've never gone through that kind of thing before (sorry, trying to avoid spoilers here), but I know that I obviously will eventually, so while I was reading Pudge's essay, I didn't really understand what he was saying--but I knew that he found some way to cope, and I felt like maybe I'd be able to survive someday, too. (And I know Pudge isn't real, but you get the point.)
I read An Abundance of Katherines throughout September, and it wasn't quite as engaging. I remember thinking that while I would recommend Looking For Alaska to absolutely anybody, An Abundance of Katherines is definitely a book for Nerdfighters. It's funny and clever, and regardless of the plot, I loved the writing because I could totally hear John's voice as I read it, if that makes sense. Colin was a little annoying, but being an overly insecure person myself I found more of a kindred spirit in him. :) Still, I wasn't as fond of any of the other characters, and the plot kinda dropped off in the last fifty pages. I certainly had fun with it though.
Finally, there's Paper Towns (SPOILERS FOR IT AND LOOKING FOR ALASKA AHEAD). I read it in mid-October, and it took exactly a week. And let's put it this way: Looking For Alaska had been my favorite book until I read Paper Towns (although the former still certainly has a place in my heart). It was really exciting for me, because I love mysteries. As for the whole idealism thing, I've definitely been there, done that--actually, reading it made me realize that I am currently going through the same thing for a third time, so I have to deal with that. But anyway, I was really hooked on the philosophy stuff, just like I was while reading Looking For Alaska. Another reason I loved it was that, I was honestly kinda freaking out (in a good way) during the whole road trip, and I was next to positive that Margo was going to die. I thought it was going to be the same as Looking For Alaska, and all I could hope for was that Q would get to talk to her for at least five minutes or so before she offed herself. But I was suspicious of any closure taking place, and as Q and Margo had their final conversation, I felt so much better; I also found Margo's desperation to get out really relatable, and it made me think about whether or not that was really the best option. After I finished it, I kinda considered it to be like Looking For Alaska with an alternate ending--Q could continue with his life and the rest of his friends because unlike Pudge with Alaska, he and the readers knew exactly what was going on with her. It was still sad, but I think it also taught me that not all sad books have to be, you know, tragic. Finally, the other great thing about Paper Towns was that I loved Margo to death--she was basically my "oh my gosh you poor thing you just need a big hug right now" character.
So yeah, that's my two cents. I haven't read Will Grayson, Will Grayson, although it sounds pretty good. And I'm really excited for The Fault in Our Stars!
I've read Paper Towns the most, and personally I like it the best. You get a lot out of each of the books; it might depend on your mood (An Abundance of Katherines is happier, while Looking for Alaska might make you tear up), as well as your taste, in picking a favorite.
When I first read them, I did so it the order that they were written (I feel like this is the most straightforward way to read an author's books when you can't decide on how)
I read Kathrines first. its a great book. it can really make your mind think while reading it. I call it the best nerd book because of the Theorm but its a great book. Its my favorite because it is my first John Green book and i enjoyed it!
I've read all of John's books besides Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and I'm probably in a minority when I say my favorite is John's portion of Let it Snow. I love all John's books, but I think one of the reasons I love Let it Snow so much is that it's the story of two best friends finding love. And I'm a sucker for that. Besides that, I'd say Looking for Alaska.
I would say that, although i cannot pick one favorite, it is good to start with Looking For Alaska. I feel like even though it is definitely the heaviest one, one is so amazed by the awesomeness of it that you just appreciate his brilliance even more while reading the others.
It depends on your personality. Are you the type of person that tastes every item on your plate, and then eats her least favorite first, so you can savor the best one last? Or the opposite?
If you are, then I would say start with Katherines, then Looking for Alaska, then Paper Towns, then Will Grayson. They are all equally wonderful, but: Katherines leaves you feeling good-- but you may not think back on it for too terribly long. Alaska will rip out your heart and gnaw on it for a few weeks, and then Paper Towns will leave you feeling great, and you'll walk around looking contented and sighing happily. And Will Grayson? He'll cause you all sorts of grinning issues at work. Your boss will think you're stealing, or something, you'll be so happy. Will Grayson is my favorite.
Basically, don't start with Alaska. It's amazing, but may leave you in a heaping puddle of tears. Yes, puddles can heap.
Looking for Alaska! :D